inov-8 Terroc 345 GTX 2011

inov-8 has come to dominate the lightweight running and fast-moving footwear sector. Its a massive range of shoes are all subtly different, and the Terroc 345 GTX is arguably best suited to multi-activity use. The shoe has a Gore-Tex lining, so dry feet are guaranteed. Like most other inov-8 shoes the Terroc is extremely lightweight, which in part comes from the mesh upper. But there are synthetic overlays to improve durability, particularly around the forefoot and toe box. Underfoot you get an extremely aggressive outsole with deep, well-spaced lugs that are ideal for providing good grip in mud, while resisting clogging. The flex is particularly good, as it allows an easy running action, while preventing the painful sensation of stepping on jagged rocks. The inov-8 Terroc 345 GTX is great for running, travel and biking or just hanging around outdoors. But the mesh upper may not be the most durable option, compared to shoes with leather uppers for example. While this model is relatively stiff, other shoes are far stiffer and far better for lots of action on rock or for scrambling. The soft upper won’t protect the foot as well as stiffer uppers either, so again not the best for use on scree.

Upper 3D Air Mesh, synthetic overlays; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Terroc sticky rubber
Sizes 3½-13
Weight 884g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 72

The inov-8 Terroc 345 GTX is an excellent shoe if you want lightweight footwear, but it has drawbacks if you try to use it on really tough terrain for long periods.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011