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  • 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: 10.1oz
    Women: 10.1oz
  • 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.

  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Backcountry Edge | | Level 3 expert

    Designed for fastpackers and adventure racers, the Inov-8 Men's Roclite 286 GTX is a super lightweight and nimble boot that offers really good grip and protection.

  • 82 / 100 | Spotter Up | Level 2 expert

    It can be used for trail runnnig. I can also be used for hiking, it's gonna be used for fastpacking. It's gonna be great on mixed terrain like sand or dirt.

  • 90 / 100 | Trailspace | | Level 1 expert

    These boots are like running shoes to wear and I was able to cover far more distance than with my more conventional harder soled leather boots.

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  • Soft, rocky, and uneven trails are going to be easy work for the Inov-8 Roclite 286 GTX. This shoe is able to manage itself on multiple types of topography, making sure that the wearer is well-protected and supported throughout their adventures. Featuring high quality trail-specific components, it’s sure to deliver great service.
  • The upper unit of this waterproof shoe utilizes breathable fabrics that are comfortable and flexible. They allow the foot to move naturally through the stride, making sure that it won’t feel restricted or fettered. Air is able to enter the shoe because of the breathable nature of these fabrics. Waterproof support is afforded by the GORE-TEX® membrane, which is one of the most reliable technologies on the market.
  • The platform of this shoe uses a lightweight foam that’s responsive and flexible. It feels great on the underfoot because of its springy nature. It is also able to protect the foot from impact during the landing phase of the gait cycle. A 6mm foot-bed adds contoured support and improves the cushioning.
  • The outsole unit of the Inov-8 Roclite 286 GTX uses a sticky rubber material that’s great when it comes to protecting the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. Abrasion won’t be any hindrance to the shoe, because this layer guards it well. As part of its purpose, traction over dry and wet surfaces is afforded by the lugged design of the outsole.

The Inov-8 Roclite 286 GTX has a regular shoe length. This shoe comes in sizes that follow the measurements to which many are acclimated. The heel and forefoot sections have medium widths, though the midfoot area is narrower. It accommodates those whose foot-dimensions are normal or a bit narrower.

Sticky Rubber is a used for the outsole unit. It’s meant to deliver high levels of traction over wet surfaces. It’s an efficient way to let the wearer be more in control of the topography the topography they’re stepping on. The Rocklite™ outsole design has been tuned to function well on terrain that is softer and more loose. Multi-surface traction is essentially provided by the Inov-8 Rocklite 286 GTX.

A lightweight Ethylene vinyl acetate foam is used for the mid-sole unit. It responsibly cushions the foot and allows it to move more naturally through the gait cycle because of its flexible nature. It also attenuates shock well, keeping the wearer safe from discomfort when striking the foot on the ground. An arrow system has been molded into the mid-sole unit. For this trail shoe, the 2-Arrow Shoc-Zone™ is utilized. It means that the mid-sole is able to mix responsiveness and underfoot protection responsibly, making the wearer feel as comfortable as possible with every step. A 6mm foot-bed adds contoured support and additional cushioning, which is helpful for those long-term adventures on the trails.

A breathable mesh material is used for the upper unit. It has an open construction, so it allows air to keep the foot cool and dry at all times. TPU overlays strengthen the upper unit. They also cause the fabrics to wrap around the foot in a snug but customizable way because they’re connected to the lacing system. Each adjustment made to the shoelaces cause the upper fabrics to follow suit. The GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane fully protects the interior from water infiltration. It’s lightweight and breathable, so the wearer’s foot stays well-ventilated, even while being shielded from wetness.