Inov-8 Roclite 290 £105
A highly durable shoe that would serve as an everyday option for trail-running mortals, and a long-run model for mountain goats. Testers enjoyed the rugged, mountainworthy features, but wished for more cushioning on nasty terrain. However, all appreciated the toothy grip and secure fit from the upper. ‘I like the low drop and good ground feel they provide without sacrificing protection,’ says tester Michelle Shultz.