Inov-8 Trailroc 245
Lugged slipper that will take you everywhere you need…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
Lugged slipper that will take you everywhere you need to go.
- Slipper-like comfort
- (Slightly) wide fit
A fantastic trail shoe that will server about 90% of all my trail running needs. For smooth hard dirt, a pair of road racing flats will likely feel a little faster and have more pop, and for Sludgy winter runs a shoe with more lug and a thicker upper will be a little more protective, but this is a slipper of a shoe.
The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that, for me, I like a little snugger fit. It should be noted though, that I am very picky about fit.
The mesh upper is true Inov-8 quality with nice overlays to secure the barefoot-ready upper to your foot. I am a big fan of the f-lite 195, so this fit a tad looser. But it still is very secure and I have no problem bombing super technical off-trail route with this shoe. Nice low heel collar.
The midsole is plain and consistent, no complaints and no surprises. That's a good thing, in case you were wondering.
The outsole rocks, it hooks up like crazy. The lugs are awesome, especially when you combine them with the flexibility of this shoe. I don't know that the three kinds of rubber compounts make much difference, but traction is unmatched unless you venture into the fell running scene.
Overall, a fantastic trail offering from Inov-8, they really nailed it with this series!