Inov-8 Roclite 295

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WEIGHT 295 G / 10.4 OZ



This is my third pair of inov-8 trail runners, and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Use: Marathon and shorter trail running
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: 0.00 (Won a Contest)

This is my third pair of inov-8 trail runners, and my absolute favorite of the bunch (I also own a pair of Mudroc 280s and a pair of Roclite 318 GTXs). The shoes are lightweight, breathable, and roomy in the toe box. They run true to size.

I run a lot of wooded, rocky, and root-covered single-track in northern Kentucky, and the Roclite 295s are definitely my go-to shoe out of the five trail shoe models I run in. They provide an excellent feel for the trail, yet are more supportive than the Mudroc 280, making them capable of handling longer distances. I don't think I'd run a 50-miler in them, but I'd feel comfortable in using them for marathon distance and below on the trails.

The sticky sole compound helps prevent slips and spills on wet rocks and roots, and the breathable nylon uppers shed water quickly after being submerged in stream crossings. The cleat pattern on the soles also sheds mud well, and provides excellent traction in sloppy stuff.

The Roclite 318 GTX will still be my shoe of choice for winter-time running in sloppy conditions, but the new Roclite 295 is great for everything else.

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Manufacturer's Description

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Trail running and walking shoe with high levels of comfort, breathability and performance. The patent pending Fascia-band on the 295 replicates the plantar fascia ligament to help aid propulsion efficiency and reduce fatigue. Good underfoot cushioning makes the Roclite 295 ideal for hard surface tracks and trails. Traction: Fascia-Band sole design along with Inov-8's exclusive sticky rubber compound deliver superb mixed-terrain performance and traction. Dual-density Rocshoc midsoles provide ample shock absorption and memory retention. Medial and lateral posting in midsoles helps to control overpronation for a more natural gait and better stability. Midfoot polymer shanks add torsional rigidity for better stability and protection on rough terrain. Highly breathable 3D mesh uppers with synthetic leather reinforcements are durable, flexible and super lightweight. Uppers are treated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) and anti-microbial finish for minimal water absorption, quick drying and odor control. High-strength, low-profile nylon webbing lacing system securely wraps insteps to help lock feet in place and reduce motion. Padded collars and low-cut heels provide protection and comfort around ankles; heel and tongue loops allow easier entry/exit. Rubber toe bands offer abrasion resistance and impact protection. Mesh linings offer ample breathability and wick away excess moisture for faster drying; anti-microbial treatment for odor control. Anti-microbially treated footbeds are removable for easy cleaning and feature inserts for enhanced shock-absorption and rebound. *Inov-8 says: They run true to size. Additional Information Click here for sizing and fit information

- Mountains Plus

These Men's Trail Runners from Inov-8 are suitable for long trail races and training or as an introductory shoe to minimalist trail running. The RocLite 295 provides underfoot protection, along with comfort. Designed for mixed terrain, the shoe's deep cleated sole ensures a secure grip in muddy conditions. PRODUCT FEATURES: Weight: 10.4 oz Upper: Nylon Lining: Mesh Footbed: 6MM Midsole: EVA Sole: RocLite Sticky Compound

- Appalachian Outdoors

The Inov8 Roclite 295 trail-running shoes are suitable for long-distance races and training runs. They are a great introductary shoe to minimalist trail running.


Any shoe can take you on a jog around the neighborhood, but to access the backcountry during your next trail run, you need a tough, lightweight trainer with plenty of grip. The Inov 8 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe was designed to provide excellent traction over slick, uneven terrain and for enhancing comfort and endurance during your long-distance trail-running sessions.