inov-8 is best-known for top-quality lightweight trail and fell running shoes, but they have been widely adopted for less strenuous use too. The Terroc 330 is a less running-specific shoe than many others in inov-8’s range and so it is ideal for day-to-day use as well as fast and light travel. It does not have a waterproof lining, but you can wear it with a waterproof Sealskinz sock for example to keep your feet dry. The toe and heel areas are reasonably supportive to make this better than other inov-8 shoes for more general use. The outsole has a very aggressive pattern of lugs that makes this ideal for mud and grass but also surprisingly good on rock too. The soft flex is ideal for running or walking fast, while the weight just makes this far less tiring to wear than most other footwear. But the inov-8 Terroc 330 is not waterproof so expect wet feet (unless you wear a waterproof sock of course). Also the upper is very soft, so again not as protective as leather shoes when say a rock lands on the foot. Some shoes are likely to be more durable around the uppers too, while others just offer more support for the foot.
Upper Endurance 3D air mesh
Sole Terroc multi-grip rubber
Sizes 3-14 (men’s); 3-12 (women’s
Weight 840g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in England 90
The inov-8 Terroc 330 is ideal if you want to travel fast and light or want a shoe for casual dry use, but be prepared for less protection and support.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010