We take a closer look at one of the best trail running shoes available, the inov-8 Trailroc 255. The Trailroc 255 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral trail shoe designed for trail racing and daily training. It’s quite easily the ultimate trail shoe you’ll come across.
The inov8 Trailroc 255 offers a low and agile feel, while packing enough support for long rugged trails. It has a 6mm drop from heel-to-toe and promotes a mid to forefoot landing for a smooth and stable ride.
Trailroc is a trail outsole built with a moderately aggressive lug pattern. It is intended for use on hard packed trails and mixed terrain. The durable outsole uses three types of grippy rubber for excellent hold on dry and rocky trails. There is a soft sticky rubber on the toe and arch areas for improved grip, an endurance rubber spanning from the heel to the metatarsals for durability, and a hard sticky rubber on the medial and lateral forefoot for improved wear rate.
By mimicing the patterns evolved for mountain bike tires the Trailroc gives great traction yet still minimises discomfort on harder surfaces. The sole is ideal on loose and eroded trails where it will bite down while still dispersing impact efficiently on the harder trail surfaces.
The anatomic last provides for the wider foot, especially in the area where the toes splay. They offer a great fit with the flexible mesh upper and the good lacing system, while the heel hold is spot on. They also offer great comfort with a soft upper and are flexible enough to move well yet solid enough underfoot to protect you from any of sharp stones.
If you are interested in these shoes, you can buy them online here.