A multi-terrain shoe that will appeal to trail runners of all abilities
Inov-8 Roclite 305
INOV-8 ROCLITE 305 £115, inov8.com
RW VERDICT We tested these all over the Yorkshire Moors and the North Downs and the only surface that came close to causing a problem was wet rock; even then the 305 gave a decent enough performance. It’s a shoe that’s light enough for slower runners to use as a multi-purpose racing and training option, while more experienced trail runners will love the tank-like reassurance and plush comfort it provides on long training runs. The fit around the heel isn’t quite perfect if you have narrow feet, and the laces did slacken off slightly over the top of the foot if there was plenty of lateral movement going on inside the shoe, but if you’re looking for a one-stop trail option, it’s hard to look past the Roclite 305.
7/ Extra-sticky rubber compound on the sole for grip. 1/ Heel drop of 8mm, a good sweet spot for a combination of ground feel and heft. 2/ Midsole foam feels cushioned without being too spongy. 3/ Adaptive tabs on lacing system to pull the shoe snugly over the foot. 3 4/ Standard shaped last with plenty of room up front for adequate toe splay. 6/ Multidirectional outsole lugs give supreme traction without causing debris to get stuck. 5/ Rockplate under the forefoot and reinforced toe cap protect the foot from sharp objects.