Inov-8 Trailroc 255
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: ~ $ 120
This is a very light but tremendously protective and comfortable trail running shoe with a solid crampon-like grip on virtually all terrain. They feel like bedroom slippers and are a great performance neutral constructed shoe. As my first pair of Inov8s these have become my trusted best friends on the trail when the going gets ruff.
- performance neutral
- grips like a crocodile!
- speed laces would make 'em perfect!
The TrailRoc line from Inov8 come in three models each with different heel-toe drop (differential). The 255 has 6 mm, the 245 has 3 mm, and the 235 has 0 mm differential, so if this is important to you then please be aware of the different model numbers.
They fit best at 1/2 size up from your street shoe size. Comfort wise, they felt like bedroom slippers out of the box, no break-in. I've had these shoes 2 months and used them on a variety of terrain from cushioned grassy hills, to very steep dry rocky fire breaks, so up and down all of these I've not experienced any chaffing, friction, or pressure points.
If you anticipate snow, sand, gravel then gaiters would be a good idea, but I haven't had any problems with debris accumulation. They are not waterproof. Traction is just exceptional. The TrailRocs are not insulated for use in snow so if you're planning an ascent of the North Face of the Eiger, then save these for after the climb.
These are easy-on, easy-off shoes and everything about these shoes exceeds expectations. As a performance neutral shoe they are very well constructed and durable.
I have been trail running for several years and while not a world class or professional, I usually hold my own in my older age group. I have had these shoes in both wet and dry, hot and cold, steep, and flat environments and they have performed flawlessly.
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Offering the most cushioning and protection in the trailroc range this shoe is suitable for high mileage training and racing. Three sticky rubber compounds varying in hardness give optimal wear and maximum grip on dry and loose trails
Log long miles on rugged trails and stay nimble. With a 6mm drop from heel-to-toe, this shoe promotes a mid to forefoot landing for a smooth and stable ride. The durable outsole uses 3 types of sticky rubber for excellent hold on dry and rocky trails. The Trailroc 255 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral trail shoe designed for trail racing and daily training. It is built with a semi-curved shape. CUSHIONING 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone provides moderate underfoot cushioning and a 6 mm heel-to-toe drop. This is Inov8's medium level of cushioning on their 0-4 arrow scale. MIDSOLE Injected EVA Foam for resilient cushioning with maximum memory retention. Meta-Shank extends from the midfoot to the forefoot in a 5-finger fashion, for flexible underfoot impact protection. UPPER Synthetic Mesh covers the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage TPU Lacing System uses TPU lacing supports for a strong, lightweight and secure fit. Met-Cradle is a synthetic webbing upper that supports the forefoot and provide a secure fit. 6mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort. Anatomic Last follows the natural shape of the human foot for a close and comfortable fit. OUTSOLE Trailroc is a trail outsole built with a moderately aggressive lug pattern. It is intended for use on hard packed trails and mixed terrain. Tri-C Compound combines three different outsole rubbers for excellent grip and decreased wear. Soft Sticky Rubber for optimal performance and maximized grip in wet conditions. Hard Sticky Rubber for optimal performance, grip in wet conditions, and increased endurance. Endurance Rubber for increased durability and grip on mixed terrain.
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Free Shipping. Inov 8 Trailroc 255 Shoe FEATURES of the Inov 8 Trailroc 255 Shoe Weight: 9 oz / 255 g Fit: Natural Upper: Synthetic, TPU Lining: Mesh Footbed: 6mm Midsole: Injected EVA Shank: Meta-Shank II Drop: 6mm Sole: Trailroc Compound: TRI-C
The Inov-8 Trailroc 255 Trail Running Shoe is specifically designed for running loose on rUGGed and eroded trails. This shoe includes the most underfoot protection and cushioning of the trailroc range, so it is suitable for high mileage training and racing. This shoe includes Meta-Shank for increased underfoot protection.Synthetic/TPU upperMesh lining6mm DifferentialInjected EVA midsoleTri-Csole compound - mix of soft sticky, hard sticky, and endurance compoundsAnatomical fit - Based on the shape of the foot, this is our most natural fit. More room in the toebox allows toes to spreadTrailroc SoleMeta-Shank - 5-finger polymer that aligns with each individual metatarsal for increased benefit from the ?Windlass Effect', whilst retaining underfoot protection and flexibility6mm footbedWeight 9oz (255g)