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5 reasons to buy

  • Many runners appreciate the lightweight construction of the Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 250.
  • According to some reviews, the shoe is comfortable to wear on the road.
  • The shoe is fast and light, based on some testers’ comments.
  • It has a wider toe box that allows toe splay.
  • The shoe is flexible enough as mentioned in some reviews.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Available limited color options.
  • It does not deliver enough grip on wet grounds, as mentioned in reviews.

Bottom line

The Road-X-Treme 250 is a unisex road running shoe. It is lightweight enough to deliver a fast running performance. It also offers enough cushioning and comfort for short-distant runs. This shoe is a great daily training partner.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.8oz | Women: 8.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Marathon
Brand: Inov-8
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue
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  • The Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 250 features the brand’s Dynamic Fascia Band, a midsole technology placed in the heel to the forefoot to enhanced running performance and efficiency. It acts as a rigid lever arm that releases energy for a powerful toe-off.

The Road-X-Treme 250 is available in standard running shoe length. It is a unisex shoe that is available in men’s sizes. The forefoot is w bit wider and the midfoot and heel are of standard measurements. It can comfortably accommodate runners with medium to wide foot sizes.

The outer sole of the shoe uses the sticky fusion compound that delivers reasonable grip on the road. It provides a smoother ride and added durability on the sole unit. The outsole of this shoe is relatively similar to the Salomon Speedcross 5 when it comes to durability and grip.

The Meta-Flex groove in the forefoot encourages natural forefoot flexibility for a responsive toe-off.

The DSP also uses triangular micro pods that give added traction and flexibility.

Injected EVA foam is used in the midsole of the Road-X-Treme 250. It delivers responsive cushioning with optimal memory retention. It also features the Inov-8 2-Arrow Shoc Zone midsole technology that delivers moderate amount of underfoot cushioning. The Dynamic Fascia Band that is strategically placed from the heel to the forefoot encourages a more powerful toe-off.

The upper of the Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 250 uses the synthetic mesh material to deliver a lightweight and breathable coverage. The welded overlays give added security and structural integrity. The Met-Cradle webbing upper also provides a more secure fit and added underfoot support.


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.