• Terrain


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


    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.


    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
  • 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: 13mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 7mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Mar 2018
Show more facts

  • The Inov-8 Orox 280 v2 is a lightweight trail running shoe designed to deliver a good blend of traction, comfort, and protection. The 2nd version of this model features several updates from the upper to the outsole.
  • The upper of lightweight and durable Oroc 280 model has been modified. It now uses a water-resistant material which helps the foot stay dry even in winter running. It effectively repels water without affecting breathability.
  • Another update is in the outer sole of the Oroc 280 v2. The metal spikes are still there, but it now uses a sticky rubber material and the Ice-Tec technology which aims to grip and durability.
  • For reliable protection, PROTEC-PLATE and rubber bumper were incorporated into the shoe. These technologies were designed to deliver underfoot shield, protecting the foot from sharp trail rocks and stones.

Inov-8 is offering this shoe in standard medium D and B widths for men’s and women’s version respectively. Following the Inov-8’s shoe fit scale, the Oroc 280 v2 falls under the fit scale 1 classification, which means that the shoe has a narrow fit in the toe box. Medium-footed runners should keep this in mind to get the right fit and improve their performance.

In the outsole of the Inov-8 Oroc 280 v2 are the Ice-Tec technology and sticky rubber compound. These materials work together to provide unmatched grip on varied trail surfaces. It aims to help runners tackle slippery surfaces with ease.

The nine metal spikes in each shoe aim to deliver unmatched grip even on frozen and slippery terrains. The metal spikes are strategically distributed in the outsole; six spikes in the forefoot and three spikes in the heel. Each spike is placed in the middle of a deep and durable rubber stud.

The Inov-8 shoe has an injected EVA midsole which is designed for a lightweight and durable underfoot cushioning. The midsole offers protection and comfort suitable enough for trail running.

Sits in between the midsole and outsole is the PROTEC-PLATE shank which offers reliable underfoot protection. It is durable enough to shield the foot from sharp rocks and stones while running on the trail.

In the upper of the Inov-8 Oroc 280 v2 is the lightweight, water-resistant material. It offers a breathable foot coverage while keeping the foot from getting wet, especially when running on wet conditions. Along with the water-resistant upper is the MET-CRADLE which gives the midfoot a secure hold.

The shoe also has a rubber toe bumper which gives the foot added protection. It works well with the gusseted tongue which halts small stones and trail debris from entering the shoe.