On Test

A multi-ter­rain shoe that will ap­peal to trail run­ners of all abil­i­ties

Runner's World (UK) - - IN THS ISSUE -

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.

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