Inov-8 Roclite 318 GTX
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $106.25
A great shoe for long distance trail runs in muddy, snowy, or otherwise sloppy conditions. I ran in a pair of these in a local 50 km trail race in extremely rugged terrain. There was snow and mud throughout the course, and the Roclite 318 GTXs turned in a stellar performance.
These shoes were brand new, fresh out of the box when I laced them up for that race. I've run enough to know better, but needed a Gore-Tex-lined shoe due to the course conditions. I had ordered a pair of TNF Ultra 103 XCRs, but ended up sending them back as they were 1-1/2 sizes too large, but the replacements hadn't arrived by the day before the race. I purchased the inov-8s at the Trail Store in Louisville (highly recommended!) and was glad that I did.
I wore a pair of Dirty Girl gaiters over the tops and between those and the Gore-tex lining of the inov-8s, my feet stayed nice and dry. I never even changed socks, though my lower half was almost entirely coated in cold, wet mud. The shoes were comfortable, roomy in the toe box, reasonable light, and the sticky sole compound resulted in zero slipping on wet rocks and roots.
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CLOSEOUTS . andquot;Off the beaten pathandquot; is the only way to run and, with Inov-8 Roclite 318 Gore-Texand#174; trail running shoes, the miles soar by. Since this shoe has Gore-Texand#174; waterproof breathable protection, youand#39;ll seek out creek crossings instead of avoiding them. Available Colors: BLACK/RED. Sizes: 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14.
- Sierra Trading Post
Take on the trail with one secure, dry step at a time. The Innov 8 RocLite 318 GTX Trail Running Shoe uses a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane to ensure maximum protection from rain and puddles while the Shoc-Zone midsole cushions your steps.
The Roclite 318 GTX Trail Running Shoe by Inov8 is a waterproof/breathable shoe that offers protection from muddy conditions to snowy patches in the trail. Constructed with the Meta Flex groove which is anatomically aligned in the front of the metatarsal heads to provide a natural fore foot flex and easier movement.The Meta Shank is placed under each individual metatarsal for awesome flexibility when contouring over roots and rocks while still keeping its impact protection..Finally, The Roclite has Met Cradle, which is the upper webbing support that is anatomically positioned to cradle the fore foot behind the metatarsal heads and provide a secure foot hold.The Roclite 318 GTX is also equipped with Sticky Rubber Compound on the sole that provides excellent traction on anything wet. This is climbing rubber technology specially formulated for intense running conditions, the only drawback is this type of sole may wear down quicker than the other rubber compounds. Mud, snow, rain and grime is this shoe's favorite conditions.
The Inov 8 RocLite 318 GTX Men's Men's Trail Running Shoe's aggressive outsole and waterproof breathable Gore-Tex insert give you much-need wet-weather performance. Whether you run on wet trails, muddy trails, or snowy trails, the RocLite 318 GTX Shoe keeps your foot completely dry and well supported. Inov 8 added a fascia band instep to increase arch stability and a -length composite shank with individual fingers to support your metatarsals and allow natural foot movement.
- Backcountry Outlet