INOV-8 ROCLITE 290

Light and flex­i­ble shoe for ex­treme rock-hop­ping

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

What sur­prised us most when we first laced th­ese shoes up and hit the trails was how lux­u­ri­ous they felt for an off-road shoe – with a plush in­ner and soft up­per, they felt re­mark­ably com­fort­able. The 290 is de­signed to pro­vide grip on mul­ti­ple ter­rains and we cer­tainly found this to be the case dur­ing our train­ing for ÖtillÖ, which meant leap­ing out of lakes and run­ning up and down dif­fer­ent sur­faces in­clud­ing slippy rocks, tar­mac and gravel sec­tions. They were rel­a­tively fast to dry when wet and had a de­cent amount of bounce. The only thing we didn’t get on with was the 4mm drop, which over a longer hill run left our calves protest­ing – so adapt grad­u­ally if try­ing th­ese.

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