Arch support
M: 250g | W: 250g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.


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

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.

World wide, Road-X-Treme 250 is in the bottom 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Inov-8, is the 15th most popular.

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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These great-looking shoes are very lightweight and incredibly flexible. You have an 8-mm differential here with a nice, wide toe box up in the front. That'll allow your toes to splay naturally.

Updates to Road-X-Treme 250

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.

Road-X-Treme 250 size and fit

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 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.


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