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  • Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
    $140
  • Weight
    Men: 9.9oz
    Women: 9.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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87 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Hiking in Finland

    What makes this shoe stand out - besides the colour - is that it has before mentioned spikes, a whopping nine of them to be correct. Six under the forefoot, three under the heel, guaranteeing you solid grip on every surface

  • 88 / 100 | Trail Monster Running

    For my shorter, faster runs I’ll probably go between these and my X-Talon 212’s depending on the conditions and terrain.

  • 85 / 100 | Dirt on Your Skirt

    Right out of the box these shoes were flexible, comfortable, and fit well. I have logged over 25 miles in them so far. My only recommendation is to put them on when you get to the trail otherwise if you have a concrete floor like I do in our house you might end up with hole marks in the floor.

  • 87 / 100 | Runblogger

    The more technical the trail the more these shoes shine.

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Updates to Inov-8 Oroc 280

  • 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.

Inov-8 Oroc 280 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.