Inov-8 RocLite 315

This trail-running shoe has won our tests for the past three years, and to our mind it’s still the best shoe for regular off-road running when surfaces are muddy and loose. This is one of the lightest shoes we’ve seen making it ideal for moving fast. You get an exceptionally breathable upper, which is reinforced around the toe, heel and sides. The toe box is stiff enough to prevent toe bruising when running downhill, and there’s enough support in the heel, arch and sole to protect the feet on uneven ground. The sole flex is ideal for running, being supportive at the heel and arch with a flex point at the toe. What sets this shoe apart from most is that you get a very aggressive studded sole and good resistance to pressure from stones under the forefoot.
The shoe does not offer as much support or as much cushioning as some others, so it’s not ideal for harder surfaces or rocky paths. It’s not waterproof, but for trail-running a waterproof shoe is seldom required.

 

Upper: breathable mesh and synthetic reinforcement
Sole: rubber Fascia-band Inov8 sole
Sizes: 3-13
Weight: 732g (pair, size 11)
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 120

Verdict: Ideal for trail-running on mud and grass when you want a lightweight shoe for lightness of foot and grip rather than maximum cushioning and support.

 

First published in Trail magazine, April 2008