Inov-8 Roclite 390 GTX
Price Paid: £87.50
I've been using these boots 4 times a week for about a month, for a mix of fell/hill jogging and fast, double-time walking. There are both plus and minus points to them:
Plus points -
1. Obviously very, very light.
2. Comfortable around the foot (no blistering or rubbing).
3. Underfoot comfort is probably going to depend on your foot type, gait, etc, but for me was a nice balance of support and cushioning. I've had surgery on both knees, and have had no problems so far.
4. Can be worn for walking or running.
5. Good levels of grip on a variety of terrains.
Minus points -
1. Be warned: these are NOT waterproof boots. Several other people have mentioned this in user reviews on various sites. I have walked on short, damp grass and ended up with wet sock soles.
2. The leather around the heels is pretty thin and flimsy. Anyone who walks over scree is going to chop lumps out of it very quickly.
Overall - comfortable, light, well-cushioned, decent on mixed terrain, but not waterproof, and probably won't last that long.
Where to Buy
Here's what other sites are saying:
For long distance hiking and walking you want to something that is going to perform, and perform comfortably. The Roclite 390 GTX is the same great boot as before with additional padding at the tongue and around the ankle for added comfort. It is a neutral shoe with lateral and medial posting for torsional support, and as before you are protected from the elements by the breathable and waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. Long gone are the days of hiking boots that weight 2 lbs each foot!!Weight: 390 g / 13.7 oz (UK8)Shoc-Zone: 4 Arrow
- Mountains Plus
The INOV8 Roclite 390 GTX is a lightweight, waterproof and breathable hiking boot. Although remaining neutral the 390 GTX has lateral and medial posting to provide torsional support. This mid-cut boot has padding along the tongue and ankle for improved fit and comfort.GORE-TEX mesh encompasses the upper and is designed to be waterproof, but extremely breathable.Met-Cradle cradles the fore foot behind the metatarsal heads for a secure foot hold.Meta-Shank new 5-finger meta-shank aligns with each individual metatarsal for greater flexibility when contouring while retaining underfoot protection.TPU lacing support - lacing attached polymer upper supports and cradles the foot more evenly.Meta-Flex is anatomically aligned in front of the metatarsal heads for a natural forefoot flex.Endurance rubber compound has been specially formulated for optimal grip on mixed terrain. Weight: 13.7 oz. (pair)5050973174
Free Shipping on Your Whole Order when you buy select shoes and boots. Ends 11/15. Antimicrobially treated footbeds are removable for easy cleaning and feature inserts for enhanced shock absorption and rebound. Breathable midheight nylon uppers with synthetic leather reinforcements are durable, flexible and lightweight for long-lasting comfort. Cushioning EVA midsoles provide ample shock absorption and memory retention. Fascia-band on outsole protects and supports medial arches while converting the shoe into a rigid propulsive lever for efficient gait. High-strength, low-profile nylon webbing lacing system securely wraps insteps to help lock feet in place and reduce motion. Medial and lateral posting in midsoles helps to control overpronation for a natural gait and improved stability. Mesh linings offer ample breathability and wick away excess moisture for fast drying; antimicrobial treatment provides odor control. Midfoot polymer shanks add torsional rigidity for stability and protection on rough terrain. Padded collars and synthetic leather heel wraps provide protection and comfort around ankles; heel and tongue loops allow easy entry/exit. Rubber toe rands offer abrasion resistance and impact protection for uppers and toes. Stable and aggressive endurance rubber outsoles deliver superb mixed-terrain performance with durable and flexible traction on a variety of surfaces. These waterproof and breathable, ultralight Roclite 390 paragliding boots are ideal for hill walking and trail running. Uppers feature waterproof Gore-Tex XCR laminate for exceptional breathability.