inov-8 Recolite 190 2010

The inov-8 Recolite 190 is an extremely lightweight sandal hybrid design that is designed to allow the foot to operate in a more natural dimension than many highly cushioned, supportive and controlling designs. The sandal is made from synthetic materials, so it is fast-drying. As much of the foot is enclosed by the mesh and fibre upper, the foot is quite well-protected. There is a rubber toe bumper too. The footbed is removable and is made more breathable by the inclusion of a series of holes across its surface. The outsole has a good grip too on grass and there is a reasonable degree of cushioning. Slip them on and the drawcord lacing system coupled with stretch in the upper provides a close fit. This shoe feels light and comfy if you prefer a more natural feel underfoot. It’s ideal for use in B&Bs, huts and hostels. But this sandal offers very little support for the foot, which can be seen as a benefit or a drawback depending on what your foot needs and where you are going to walk. The top is open but the sides are not fully open so grit can get trapped at the forefoot end.

Upper synthetic microfibre
Sole Recolite Endurance Rubber
Sizes 4-12 (men’s)
Weight 456g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 20

The inov-8 Recolite 190 is ideal for use in huts, hostels and B&Bs, good for camping and you’ll like it for travel if you prefer less support.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010