Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Waterproof
Price
$128
Weight
M: 286g | W: 286g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 3.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Mesh and TPU make up the main upper unit and they bring comfortable and breathable coverage.

  • The GORE-TEX® membrane adds waterproof support for a better and more effective performance under wet conditions.

  • Many testers appreciated the inclusion of pull-loops in the tongue and heel sections, which enabled them to put on and take off the shoe with ease.

  • A 6mm contoured insole adds more cushioning and support to the foot.

  • The mid-sole unit is lightweight, and it’s capable of cushioning the foot responsibly while also handling impact forces.

  • The outsole unit has been tuned to function well on the trails, giving traction over many types of terrain.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Many of the complaints were about the narrow fit, especially in the mid-foot section.

  • A few testers noted that the upper section near the forefoot split open and expose the interior.

Bottom line

Protection from the elements, flexibility and control over the terrain; that’s the purpose of the Inov-8 Rocklite 286 GTX. This shoe has been designed to deliver a trail-optimized performance that’s great for those who want to have adventures and treks through the off-road paths. It’s reliable and efficient.



World wide, Rocklite 286 GTX is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Inov-8, is the 14th most popular.

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Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 54 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 86
    LukeLevel 3 expert
    by Backcountry Edge
    Designed for fastpackers and adventure racers, the Inov-8 Men's Roclite 286 GTX is a super lightweight and nimble boot that offers really good grip and protection.
  • 82
    Spotter UpLevel 2 expert
    by Spotter Up
    It can be used for trail runnnig. I can also be used for hiking, it's gonna be used for fastpacking. It's gonna be great on mixed terrain like sand or dirt.

  • 90
    Wark KamoLevel 1 expert
    by Trail Space
    These boots are like running shoes to wear and I was able to cover far more distance than with my more conventional harder soled leather boots.
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  • Joe Shop Zappos
    The outsole; incredibly durable. It's made with that Roclite rubber compound that's designed to tackle soft and loose terrain.
  • Joe Shop Zappos
    These trail runners' gonna feature a Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet completely dry [while] still allowing them to breathe.
  • Randy Shop Zappos
    This awesome shoe is super lightweight. It also has plenty of structural rigidity, so it's going to maintain its shape and keep you stable no matter where you go.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    This shoe has a standard fit that offers a wider toe box that allows the toes to splay.

Updates to Rocklite 286 GTX

Soft, rocky, and uneven trails are going to be easy work for the Inov-8 Rocklite 286 GTX. This shoe is able to manage itself on multiple types of topography, making sure that the wearer is well-protected and supported throughout their adventures. Featuring high quality trail-specific components, it’s sure to deliver great service.

The upper unit of this shoe utilizes breathable fabrics that are comfortable and flexible. They allow the foot to move naturally through the stride, making sure that it won’t feel restricted or fettered. Air is able to enter the shoe because of the breathable nature of these fabrics. Waterproof support is afforded by the GORE-TEX® membrane, which is one of the most reliable technologies on the market.

The platform of this shoe uses a lightweight foam that’s responsive and flexible. It feels great on the underfoot because of its springy nature. It is also able to protect the foot from impact during the landing phase of the gait cycle. A 6mm foot-bed adds contoured support and improves the cushioning.

The outsole unit of the Inov-8 Rocklite 286 GTX uses a sticky rubber material that’s great when it comes to protecting the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. Abrasion won’t be any hindrance to the shoe, because this layer guards it well. As part of its purpose, traction over dry and wet surfaces is afforded by the lugged design of the outsole.

Rocklite 286 GTX size and fit

The Inov-8 Rocklite 286 GTX has a regular shoe length. This shoe comes in sizes that follow the measurements to which many are acclimated. The heel and forefoot sections have medium widths, though the midfoot area is narrower. It accommodates those whose foot-dimensions are normal or a bit narrower.

Outsole

Sticky Rubber is a used for the outsole unit. It’s meant to deliver high levels of traction over wet surfaces. It’s an efficient way to let the wearer be more in control of the topography the topography they’re stepping on.

The Rocklite™ outsole design has been tuned to function well on terrain that is softer and more loose. Multi-surface traction is essentially provided by the Inov-8 Rocklite 286 GTX.

Midsole

A lightweight Ethylene vinyl acetate foam is used for the mid-sole unit. It responsibly cushions the foot and allows it to move more naturally through the gait cycle because of its flexible nature. It also attenuates shock well, keeping the wearer safe from discomfort when striking the foot on the ground.

An arrow system has been molded into the mid-sole unit. For this trail shoe, the 2-Arrow Shoc-Zone™ is utilized. It means that the mid-sole is able to mix responsiveness and underfoot protection responsibly, making the wearer feel as comfortable as possible with every step.

A 6mm foot-bed adds contoured support and additional cushioning, which is helpful for those long-term adventures on the trails.

Upper

A breathable mesh material is used for the upper unit. It has an open construction, so it allows air to keep the foot cool and dry at all times.

TPU overlays strengthen the upper unit. They also cause the fabrics to wrap around the foot in a snug but customizable way because they’re connected to the lacing system. Each adjustment made to the shoelaces cause the upper fabrics to follow suit.

The GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane fully protects the interior from water infiltration. It’s lightweight and breathable, so the wearer’s foot stays well-ventilated, even while being shielded from wetness.


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