INOV-8 ROCLITE 290
Light and flexible shoe for extreme rock-hopping
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.