Gear Review – inov-8 TRAILROC 245

We previously looked at another great running shoe, the inov-8 ROAD-X LITE 155, and now we review the inov-8 TRAILROC 245.

Inov-8 TRAILROC 245

Anyone who is a trail runner knows how demanding and gruelling the sport can be. That’s why you need a shoe that is going to perform for you regardless of how rugged or slippery the terrain may be. The inov-8 TRAILROC 245 has been creating a lot of noise on the trail running circuit because of its brilliant handling and stellar performance on those hard-nosed trails.

Grip

Whether you are running on loose trails, slick rocky terrain, water logged grass, deep mud or whatever the condition – bring it on, the TRAILROC 245 welcomes it. Its outsoles are laden with lugs, so they grip quite nicely. Another reason that it is able to provide the necessary traction is because of the sole’s three sticky rubber compounds varying in hardness.

Performance

They do not carry unnecessary debris, so you don’t have to worry about running with a heavier load. Even if you are running through some standing waters they will rise to the occasion; they drain a lot faster than most trail running shoes.

Comfort

As they sit lower to the ground, they feel a lot more comfortable, especially on the long runs. It is actually an inov-8 1-arrow shoe with a 3mm differential between the forefoot and heel. They do not feel heavy in the least bit because of its minimalist nature – see our article on benefits of minimalist shoes. It also has great cushioning, so your feet take the bumps in stride.

Protection

The padding in the midsole and the rock plate adds extra protection and minimises the chances of your feet bruising. In fact, the overall shoe is definitely one tough cookie, so you can run confidently on unforgiving terrain.

Conclusion

inov-8’s TRAILROC 245 is not only a standout trail running shoe, it has raised the bar very, very high when it comes to trail running gear. It’s available in red as well as blue – go with these, performance is guaranteed.

Which traits of the TRAILROC 245 that are mentioned, appeals the most to you? What is the main thing that you look for in a trail running shoe?

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