Gear Review – inov-8 ROAD-X LITE 155 – the Ultimate Running Shoe
We previously reviewed the highly efficient (functional fitness) inov-8 F-LITE 232’s and now we check out the brilliant inov-8 ROAD-X LITE 155 running shoes.
There is nothing more disappointing than buying a pair of running shoes that do not live up to the hype. If you are looking for a faithful running shoe that is going to be in it for the long haul, the burly inov-8 ROAD-X LITE 155 could be the Holy Grail that you seek.
The overall feel of these shoes are simply fantastic. Support is offered in all the right places and you will be pleasingly surprised to learn about how lightweight they feel. A generous toe box makes it a joy for the habitual toe splayer.
The uppers are soft and cushy and they fit very snugly around the ankle. Snugness is enunciated through the midfoot and ankle area. Although they are minimalist to the bone, they still provide ample amounts of cushioning so you don’t have to take unnecessary bumps.
The extremely lightweight racing flat has been designed specifically for the road. It promotes an efficient, natural running style focusing on the strength of the athlete’s foot.
The low profile Fusion compound sole unit makes the shoe extremely light while the high contact area offers a smooth feel and ride. It will give you a nimble step and its design will prompt you to practice good running technique (there’s only a 3mm heel-to-toe drop).
Put them through the ringer and it will rise to the occasion. The shoe is very tough and will give your feet, the protection they require so no need to tread lightly.
The ROAD-X LITE 155 has outstanding traction. Its outsole may not look it, but it is deceptively sticky. Despite the type of harsh road running conditions that you may encounter, they will offer you fantastic grip and will especially hold up when you need them to, the most.
Even with the absence of lugs or grippy pads, you are still going to enjoy tremendous traction. The added friction will give you the confidence to run with the freedom of not having to worry about stumbling.
The ROAD-X LITE 155’s flexibility stems from the Meta Flex grooves. The shoe is non restrictive and enables the foot to move and flex as much that it desires. It is thankfully anything but stiff so that you can get the most out of your run. As a result of the immense flexibility, you will experience fantastic – ground feel.
You can enjoy fantastic forefoot flexion as well as superb lateral flexion which is not a common feature in a lot of running shoes. This is especially important because your feet are able to mesh with the surface that it comes into contact with, whether it be a flat, an incline or a downhill.
They are certainly eye catching – with a sleek appearance and an energized design they definitely will keep you looking the part even during a lung blasting run. They are available in blue, yellow and black but to be honest they look amazing in each colour so finding a preference may be tricky.
Overall, it is very hard to go wrong with the inov-8 ROAD-X LITE 155. They are not just good, they are phenomenal. It looks great and performs even better and it is exactly the type of shoe that you need to aid you as you progress in your road running endeavors.
Which traits of the ROAD-X LITE 155 that are mentioned, appeals the most to you? What is the main thing that you look for in a running shoe?