We recently reviewed the fantastic inov-8 F-LITE 195 (more for functional fitness), and now we check out the inov-8 Roclite 243 – an off-road shoe creating a renaissance in the trail running shoe realm. After trying them out, this is our findings…
It weighs only 263 grams and is so lightweight, it almost feels like you are running barefoot, true to its minimalist roots. A lightweight shoe means you don’t have to worry about being slowed down by unnecessary additional weight.
The Roclite 243 is the type of trail running shoe that is ever-ready to rise to the occasion. It was designed to especially to perform in mixed terrain, so whatever type of trail you may be running on, it will not let you down. It was created for maximum performance in both races and training. A lower than average differential encourages good running form. A flexible nature allows it be a lot more responsive and they drain very quickly.
There is an injected EVA midsole that has sufficient cushioning to give you proper protection. The Roclite rubber outsole enhances protection of the insole and midsole. The outsole curves to the front of the shoe further protecting your feet.
It has a performance fit and it exudes optimal comfort. You will not endure any chaffing and there is enough room to splay your toes plus you will find the curvature of the toe-box to be just right. The snugness remains constant so don’t worry about having to stop for annoying adjustments.
Due to its minimalist nature, you will be very zippy in these phenomenal training shoes. You will be surprised at how fast you can move in them.
You will receive awesome handling from the Roclite 243 as it renders amazing traction. Its deep cleated sole ensures grip in even the muddiest of conditions. The sole is made out of rock climbing rubber technology for optimised grip in wet conditions. This will give you the confidence to run freely without the fear of falling.
Reinforced stitching makes them very durable. These bad boys are tough as nails and will graciously take whatever knocks, the trail has to throw at it. Its toe-box will ensure that your feet stay safe.
We have no doubt that you will fall in love with the inov-8 Roclite 243 after your first spin in them. For those of you who love trail running and are looking to improve your trail running capabilities, start running in inov-8’s Roclite 243!
Which traits of the Roclite 243 that are mentioned, appeals the most to you? What is the main thing that you look for in a trail running shoe?