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.
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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.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 12ozWomen: 9.9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
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 heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
Forefoot heightMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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91 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
I took these shoes for a joy ride time and time again, up and down mountains, with never ever the slightest hint of slipping.
Overall, I absolutely couldn't be happier with this product. While winter running is always a little bit of a chore, Inov-8 has given me ZERO ways to use the "it's icy/slippery/etc." out there excuse.
My second run with them was on compacted snow in below freezing temperatures. I think this is where they really shine as an off-road winter running shoe. Good traction without the bulk of a strap on device (insert laugh and snicker here).
Updates to Inov-8 Oroc 340
- Designed to handle multiple types of surfaces, the Inov-8 Oroc 340 gives sure performance and protection to the runner. Multi-directional traversal becomes much easier and more agreeable because of the trail-optimized design and purpose of this running shoe. The runner definitely gets a balanced performance when handling the unpredictable terrain.
- The upper unit of the Inov-8 Oroc 340 features a fabric that’s made from synthetic and TPU materials. It’s strong, comfortable yet flexible, allowing the runner to move naturally through the gait cycle. It wraps around the foot snugly, but it never feels as though the fit is too tight. A unisex last was designed to accommodate the foot of the average runner.
- This Inov-8 running shoe has a drop of 9mm. The heel area has a higher profile than the forefoot section, giving adequate cushioning to the heel striking phase of the gait cycle. Shock attenuation and responsive cushioning are afforded by the high quality foam unit that serves as the underfoot platform. Essentially, the mid-sole gives reliable service to the wearer.
- The outsole unit uses a specific technology that functions well on unpredictable and harsh terrain. It’s strong and it’s capable of handling hard and soft surfaces. Traction is afforded by an aggressive outsole that has gripping lugs and metal spikes. Multi-surface traversal becomes much easier and more precise.
Inov-8 Oroc 340 size and fit
The Inov-8 Oroc 340 is true to its size. The men and women’s versions follow the regular measurements for length. The available width is medium, so it allows the runner who has a medium sized foot to acclimate well to it. Its semi-curved shape accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot.
The OROC SOLE is a rigid outsole layer that was designed to tackle a variety of topography and surface conditions. It is slightly stiffer than most of the Inov-8 trail soles, but it’s definitely capable of functioning well on dry and soft ground. The sturdiness of this outsole material is very similar to the outsole compound used in the Salomon Speedcross 5.
Tungsten Carbide Spikes are placed on top of the gripping lugs of this running shoe. They help in holding onto the ground with sureness and precision. Even tricky terrains are no match for this aggressive outsole design.
The Meta-Flex™ is a groove that’s placed near the forefoot section of the Inov-8 Oroc 340. It allows the metatarsals to move naturally for a more responsive performance and a better forefoot lift.
The main mid-sole foam is made from Ethylene vinyl acetate. This responsive unit offers adequate shock attenuation and responsible cushioning, especially since the wearer is going to tackle uneven ground. It is durable, so it doesn’t lose structural integrity easily.
A 6mm Food Bed provides additional cushioning for the runner. It immediately supports the underside of the foot, making sure that it’s safe from the impact forces and the potentially uncomfortable ground.
The Synthetic/TPU Upper gives the wearer a durable yet comfortable coverage. It’s flexible, so natural movement isn’t restricted. The runner gets the flexibility they need to actually traverse the uphill and downward paths.
The interior sleeve uses a breathable mesh. It allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe to keep a dry and cool environment in which to rest the foot. With this, the runner can basically run longer.
The Precise Fit construction allows the upper to follow the contours of the wearer’s foot, resulting in minimal wobbliness or internal foot movement. Having such a design keeps the runner engaged an in place when running on the more aggressive ground.