16 users: 4.1 / 5
5 experts: 87 / 100
Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 9.9oz / Women 9.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 6mm / Women 6mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 5.7 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • The Precision Fit Synthetic upper with TPU material offers a durable, breathable and comfortable coverage.
  • Many of the testers appreciated the DWR Coating, which help protect against mild weather conditions.
  • The low profile height of the Oroc 280, along with the minimal cushioning, is appreciated by many minimalist runners.
  • The mid-sole features an EVA layer of cushioning and the Meta Flex technology, a groove design in the forefoot area for natural foot movement.
  • The outsole is a durable, spiked section that offers traction and protection against the trails as experienced by quite a number of trail enthusiasts.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners thought that the toe box was a bit narrow.
  • Others noticed that the front of the outsole started to come off after a few months of use.
  • It has an expensive price.

Bottom line

The Oroc 280 from Inov-8 is a trail shoe that delivers protection, comfort and grip when running on the off-road terrain. It’s a solid option for neutral runners, especially because it’s sturdy and reliable in its purpose.

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Expert reviews:

  • The Inov-8 Oroc 280 features a reliable outer sole that is different from the traditional running shoes. It has 9 metal studs distributed in the forefoot and heel area for enhanced grip and stronger traction. This allows runners to tackle even the toughest terrain efficiently.

The Oroc 280 has a standard running shoe length. The midfoot and heel are of standard measurements and offered a snug fit. The forefoot is a bit narrow, offering a top-notch contouring. This shoe is also available in standard running shoe width.

The outsole of the shoe features the 9 metal studs that delivers impressive grip on soft and muddy surfaces. There are 6 metal studs strategically located in the forefoot and 3 in the heel. A dual-density rubber is also found in the outsole for added durability especially on high wear areas. This outsole configuration is very the same with the Oroc 280 v2 trail shoe.

This shoe comes with a reliable midsole cushioning. The cushioning and midsole technology of the Oroc 280 delivers enough underfoot protection and comfort especially during rocky trails. It also gives enough support on slippery and muddy surfaces.

The Inov-8 Oroc 280 uses the most durable material for a comfortable and reliable upper coverage. The durable fabric works well with the envelope leather that keeps the foot well-protected. The upper built is designed to keep foot cool, dry and free from dirt even on muddy conditions.

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This shoe: 9.9oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.