Inov 8 Trailroc 245 Review

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 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW

Inov 8 Trailroc 245

 

RELEASE DATE:

  • February 2013

 

Inov-8 products are designed specifically to be lightweight, minimalist and adaptable.   They give runners the freedom and confidence to run hard through any terrain and over any obstacle.   The aim of their footwear is to keep the foot close to the ground so that runners can feel and adapt to the different terrains beneath them.   Inov-8 offers a wide range of soles and cushioning models for each and every type of trail runner.

You can train and race on the trails with the Inov-8 Trailroc 245 trail running shoe. This shoe has a lightweight and nimble feel that will keep you going fast, with a 3mm drop that brings you low to the ground. The thin foam midsole gives you a good cushioned underfoot protection and connection to the trail.   A well designed rubber outsole provides an excellent grip on any dry and rocky terrain.
This shoe weighs only 9.2 oz.  The shoe has good traction making it safer to run on varied terrains. These provide a minimalist type of trail shoe but feel well cushioned too.

But Trailroc's minimalist approach to these shoes felt like it lacked the protection, especially in the upper and midsole cushioning departments. Inov-8 offers similar Trailroc models with a little more (255) or less (235) underfoot outsole protection.

These shoes felt good for mid to long trail training runs. These were a good option for making a translational shoe in moving from a normal trail shoe to a more minimalist trail shoe.

 

SPECS:

  • Weight: 9.2 oz (size 9)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 3mm
  • Available Widths: D=Medium
  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Colors : Blue-Lime-Green/Aqua-Green-Black/Light-Blue-Black

 

CONSTRUCTION:

Upper:

  • Synthetic Mesh provides the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage
  • TPU Lacing System support system for strong, lightweight, secure fit
  • Met-Cradle synthetic upper webbing which supports the forefoot
  • 6mm Footbed additional underfeet comfort

 

Midsole:

  • Injected EVA Foam cushioning with maximum memory retention
  • Meta-Shank  flexible underfoot impact protection

 

Outsole:

  • Trailroc trail outsole built with lug pattern, for use on hard packed trails and mixed terrain
  • Tri-C Compound combines three different outsole rubbers for excellent grip
  • RockPlate: provide underfoot protection against sharp rocks
  • Soft Sticky Rubber for performance and maximized grip in wet conditions
  • Hard Sticky Rubber for optimal performance, grip in wet conditions
  • Endurance Rubber for increased durability and grip on mixed terrain

 

PROS:

  • Lightweight: provides good cushioning in the heel area
  • Breathable: Good upper mesh design
  • Rock Plate:  The rock plate brought lightweight protection from sharp rocks debris
  • Tri-C Flexibility: The three composite rubbers that make up a great sole
  • Good Traction: provides excellent traction and grip on various trail surfaces

 

CONS:

  • Narrow Fit

 

 

RECOMMENDED USE:

  • Trail Running, Trail Racing, Daily Training

 

CONCLUSION:

  • A lightweight neutral shoe for runners looking to go more minimal designed for daily training

 

 

 

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