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WeightMen: 9.7ozWomen: 9.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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Inov-8 Roclite G 275 - Women’s trail shoe
Five years of running and this is the first shoe I have tried from a British brand. The Inov-8 company was founded in 2003.
This brand appears to be a World Leader in a variety of terrain footwear. It definitely tells in this design! The Roclite G 275 shoe was designed to be their lightest and faster trail shoe.
I love new shoes! The box opening is so exciting. Upon opening the box here my first thoughts!
Definitely full of color and mixture of textures. They varied with hard mesh, rubber, and lots of heel cushion.
They felt light, not to Heavy coming in at 9.625 ounces they felt light. I loved the lacing system. The lacing system has loopholes, which I liked for easy threading.
Fit & size
I wear an 8 in US women’s size. These shoes will have a size guide on their website. The UK size was 5.5 that I ordered to be equivalent to the size 8.
I almost felt after wearing them for 120 Miles I would consider a size smaller. However, I am not sure if the fit would have been better.
Overall, the shoe felt good at this size; the shoe was not snug, slight loose feeling. My foot did not slip, and my toes were jamming or stubbing with all the up and down movement on different terrain.
Let’s get down to the pros and cons
Traction is not going to be a concern with these shoes. So many lugs - the whole foot. Have 6mm it has great support for rooted climbs.
I had limited slipping on rocks, even after going through wet terrain. Very good transition on various terrain. Also, the overall Rubber sole did not give me an uneasy feeling rolling through slippery rocks and wet conditions.
With the whole shoe having all LUGS keep in mind it is like running with an extra layer on your foot. Depending on distance, your foot may get tired or sore.
Performance while running
The shoe performance well overall good with minor little things.
I like the 8mm drop and sole compound. Because of the 8mm drop, I felt there was a good energy return - very responsive. It also allows it to be fast and provided a confident run.
During humid weather, the shoe felt slightly sweaty. This is probably due to the non-water absorption material.
I definitely wanted to check out the flexibility and wanted to make the shoe provided comfort especially because it is a trail shoe and they tend to be stiff.
Even though they are not flexible when you put them on, they are comfortable on your foot but remain stiffer than other trail shoes.
The sole compound features a G-Grip. It helps with comfort, and you can feel the cushion in the heel. The cushioned heel also provides you with a shock absorption benefit.
As mentioned in some of the other notes, the flexibility is a 50/50 con for me just because I think they are stiffer than other trail shoes. It will not ruin your runs between 10-20 miles but may make your foot tired if you take them past 30 miles.
Non-water absorption material works. I did not cross lakes but went through streams and socks remained in dryer conditions.
The shoe did feel a bit sweaty.
Their brand has the midsole featuring “Powerflow,’ and the Shank has a “Meta-plate." I think it adds that durable feeling, which in return provides confidence when running.
The Meta-Plate does for sure, give your foot an extra safe feeling of protection. It is full of all the same lugs depth. I think with the whole rubber sole, and the lugs covering the whole outsole well prolong the durability and life of the shoe “miles.”
The price of $135.00.
This is a very affordable and competitive price, especially the way the shoe is designed and built.
Some may not pay this price for a shoe that is not really a race shoe. However, it will give you over 500 Miles plus. Very durable.
The terrain was all trail. Trail running in the spring/summer here consist of roots, rocks, dirt, streams, mud, mostly trails surrounded by trees!
Total distance - 120 miles
Longest test run 17 miles, lots of 8-10 miles.
Perfect for these distances.
I personally would not wear them for a 50 Miler
Guess what? I did not hate the shoe! I did all those miles not once saying, “God, I can't wait to stop running!”
Also, never had any blisters or leg pain after wearing them. I personally like a slightly more flexible shoe. However, these I can not rule out over flexibility.
By the way, I have worn shoes I would never run again in! But please give them a few more runs before deciding!
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Inov-8 Roclite 275: Jack of all trades
If you’re looking for a minimalist-feeling trail running shoe that is extremely versatile, very good in just about every situation but not perfect in any of them? Then the Inov-8 Roclite 275 is a solid option.
Who the Roclite 275 is perfect for
This shoe is a jack of all trades, but master of none. The outsole is exceptional and provides great grip on virtually every surface and weather condition you might come across.
Yet, the shoe’s outsole isn’t perfect for any one condition the way say, the Salomon Speedcross CS is tuned for wet, muddy trails. The cushioning of the Roclite 275 is great: it is highly flexible with a low stack height that gives plenty of feel for the ground.
The Roclite’s midsole has slightly too much foam to feel truly minimalist on the one hand and does not have enough cushioning to keep feet and joints comfortable over really long runs on the other.
The Roclite 275’s upper is also good: it is durable, locks in your feet, and protects from hazards on the trail. Yet, it also isn’t the most breathable upper for hot days and isn’t at all water resistant or insulated for wet or cold days.
In short, if you’re looking for an everyday trail running shoe that will get you through a variety of terrains then the Roclite 275 is a solid option. If you’re looking to specialize in any one direction, having a few pairs of more specifically-tuned shoes to choose from is a better choice.
The Roclite 275 is a multitool: it’ll get the job done in all sorts of scenarios but won’t be perfect for any one job. I would suggest shopping around.
There may be better options out there, even from within the Inov-8 trail shoe line (see “The Competition” section below).
In-depth review, from top to bottom
The upper on the Roclite 275 is good, and I’ve always been impressed by the range of foot shapes that fit comfortably in Inov-8’s lasts. The upper is snug and supportive in both the heel and the midfoot while providing space in the forefoot for toes to splay out.
The Inov-8 shoe’s overlays protect the foot well but are not too constrictive or stiff. They lock in your feet while running over technical terrain, but also give them space to flex and swell over longer runs.
I did have a couple of reservations on the Roclite 275’s upper. First, there are a few too many overlays, so it feels hot and lacks breathability on warmer days.
I prefer the more breathable, lighter, and more flexible upper on say, the Inov-8 X-Talon 200, which has a slightly sparser use of overlays. Second, the Roclite 275’s upper is not at all water resistant and does not drain especially quickly if you find yourself crossing a creek or getting caught in the rain.
It does drain better than your average road shoe, but not remarkably well compared to other trail shoes, for example, the Salomon S/Lab Sense 7, among other competitors.
The midsole on the Roclite 275 is great, but not perfect, and puts the shoe in a weird position between being truly minimalist and being a properly cushioned long-distance training shoe.
I found the Roclite 275 has just enough cushioning to remain comfortable up to at most ten miles but starts to feel jarring on the legs after that distance.
I should note that a few ultra-runners have been known to finish 50+ mile races in Inov-8 of this stack height, but I wouldn’t recommend it for any but the hardiest runners, particularly outside of fell running conditions where the soft ground is providing some cushioning on its own.
That said, on shorter distance runs, the Roclite 275’s balance between minimalism and cushioning is actually pretty nice. The low stack height gives a terrific feel for the ground, allows precision foot placement in technical terrain, and lets the foot flex naturally.
At the same time, the shoe’s layer of foam (in tandem with its exceptional outsole, see below) keeps feet feeling well protected from any abrasions, much better in my opinion than truly minimalist trail shoes where you experience discomfort with every pebble you come across (like the New Balance Minimus, see “The Competition” section below).
Also, the midsole’s 8mm drop will feel comfortable to a wide range of runners and running forms from heel to forefoot strikers.
The Roclite 275’s outsole is outstanding, and the single most impressive feature of the shoe. In my opinion, Inov-8 has the best trail outsoles on the market that offer the most grip over the widest range of surfaces.
The Inov-8’s outsoles perform even better than outsoles on much more expensive, top tier shoes like Salomon S/Labs, and better than the industry standard Vibram outsoles on trail shoes from Hoka One One and Merrell.
I found the outsole on the Roclite 275 gripped perfectly on nearly every surface, the one exception being hard, smooth, and wet surfaces like shale rock or wood planks. Fortunately, most of us won’t be running on these kinds of surfaces very often.
To sing even more praise, Inov-8 has introduced graphene—a carbon substance mixed into the rubber compound—to the Roclite 275’s outsole, which further improves its durability without sacrificing grip.
I personally marginally prefer the Roclite 275’s outsole to the outsole on Inov-8’s soft ground specialist shoes like the X-Talon series. The Roclite’s lugs may have a tiny bit less grip than the X-Talons if you’re running through a slushy pig pen, but you more than make up for this in comfort when running on any number of dry surfaces from packed dirt to crushed gravel to pavement.
I found the Roclite’s outsole performs well on wet ground and soft ground while the X-Talon outsole only feels marginally better in the mud while feeling uneven and awkward on hard ground. However, hardcore mud racing fans may have other priorities and disagree.
Oddly enough, I’d argue the Roclite 275’s biggest competitors come from Inov-8 itself, with numerous other Inov-8 models outcompeting their own shoe. I’m a little confused by Inov-8’s widespread of shoes since they’re all very good but have a lot of redundancies between them, with each shoe only varying in minutiae: a few grams here, an extra overlay there, or an extra centimeter on the lugs.
It leaves me wondering what gap the Roclite 275 is supposed to be filling, as there are many trail shoes offered by Inov-8 that do exactly what the Roclite 275 does, but a smidgen better.
The Trailtalon 235, for example, is lighter than the Roclite 275 with a more flexible upper while offering an equivalent amount of cushioning, foot protection, and grip. The Terraultra 260 is also lighter than the Roclite 275 but actually has enough cushioning to keep joints happy over long-distance runs.
Then there are Inov-8’s specialist shoes that will make more sense for the many runners who select their shoes for particular conditions like mud races, for example, the X-Talon 200 which is significantly lighter than the Roclite 275 and has deeper lugs for soft ground.
That said, I do prefer the Roclite 275 to several competitors from other brands. It is less expensive, accommodating to more foot shapes, and more flexible in the forefoot than the Salomon S/Lab Sense 7.
It is lighter (at 9.7 oz for a men’s size 9) than the Saucony Peregrine 8 (10 oz) and gives more feel for the ground with a better-fitting upper than the clunkier-feeling (albeit lighter at 8.7 oz) Altra Superior 4.
It also provides a small but noticeable amount more cushioning than competitor minimalist trail shoes like the Merrell Trail Glove 5 or the New Balance Minimus 10 v1, allowing the foot to still flex naturally but preventing jolts of pain every time you come across a pebble. In the Roclite, you feel the ground but aren’t bothered by it.
By comparison, in truly minimalist shoes like the NB Minimus, I find it hard to really enjoy the trail because of how exposed the bottom of feet are to rocks, roots, and sticks.
I love Inov-8’s trail shoes in general. In my opinion, they have the best outsoles on the market, terrific uppers that fit a wide range of foot types, and in many of their trail shoes offer a unique midsole that provides a minimalist feel while still giving adequate protection and cushioning on rough terrain.
That said, Inov-8 has such a wide selection of shoes that they seem to have outcompeted themselves, and there are several Inov-8 shoes that can do what the Roclite 275 does, but marginally better (the Trailtalon 235 comes to mind).
Further, while the Roclite 275 does a good job in almost every situation, it isn’t perfect for any of them, so many runners will prefer a more specialized tool like the X-Talon 200 for soft ground or the Terraultra 260 for long runs.
For someone who wants a comfortable, fairly minimalist trail shoe that will keep their feet happy in a wide range of conditions over short- and medium-distance runs, the Roclite 275 is a great option.
However, do your homework and shop around: you may find a better option without even looking outside the Inov-8 brand.
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The Inov-8 Roclite 275 experience
Does any other sport offer a greater degree of versatility than running?
It really is the sport that keeps on giving which is the reason why, even as an experienced road runner, I grasped the opportunity to review the Roclite 275 trail running shoes with two hands…. well, two feet to be exact.
My review is written from the perspective of an experienced road runner transitioning to the world of trails.
Outsole Graphene-enhanced 'G-grip' Powerflow midsole 10% better shock absorption Underfoot protection Next generation META-PLATE Heel drop 8mm Weight 275g per shoe Price £130
First impression & aesthetics
Even before you have taken the shoes out of the box, Innov-8 have you chomping at the bit to pull the Roclite 275 on your feet and hit the trails; screaming at you from inside the box.
Up close and personal, these shoes are easy on the eye. In comparison to any conventional running shoe, you can immediately notice robustness and design geared towards the potential obstacles a trail runner so often encounters.
Of these features, the graphene-enhanced grip (G-grip) outsole and the hardwearing mesh upper immediately stand out.
Although, I should also add that such is the aesthetic appeal of these shoes my wife immediately stated ‘They would go really well with your black jeans’ not a running benefit but an additional selling point none the less!
The Roclite 275 is the fastest and lightest shoe in the Roclite range and as reflected in its name, each shoe weighs only 275 grams.
However, given the level of cushioning within the Roclite 275, it comes as a surprise that the shoe offers so much agility coupled with adequate protection without feeling like you are wearing a pair of wellies.
I found the Roclite 275 generous in their sizing so I would consider ordering a size smaller on my next purchase. This is saying something as I wear a UK SIZE 11 for the most part.
The laces, however, do go a small way in compensating for the extra room. They are long and sturdy, allowing you to pull the shoes tight and fasten the shoe securely. Although, I did ensure I wore sport two pairs of socks on a number of outings.
Around the ankle, the fit is notably comfortable and holds well around the midfoot, which is certainly a benefit for more ambitious terrain. Moving to the front of the shoe the toe box offers plenty of room for the toes to splay.
Inov-8 profess to have designed a shoe that is the ‘Swiss army knife of shoes.’ It is evident throughout the shoe that the Roclite 275 was constructed with protection in mind.
The attention to detail as demonstrated by the thick and (sporting the shoe name below) at the front of the shoe is a testament to this. At the very least, you will not risk stubbing your toe, but these shoes offer much more than that.
The mesh upper is non-water-absorbing and protects the foot well in wet, muddy conditions. These meant my feet remained dry and yet while running in harder dryer conditions (which came as a surprise during April in Wales) the mesh allows the feet to breathe.
While the heel area in comparison consists of a stiffer fabric for added protection again, reflecting attention to detail, the midsole with POWERFLOW technology offers the much needed cushioning while the G-grip aids with traction (more below).
The Roclite 275 features a POWERFLOW midsole with an 8 mm heel drop. The more experienced runner might point towards this level of heel drop, encouraging a more pronounced heel strike.
Personally, for me, whether you strike with the heel or the mid-foot a more cushioned ride is something I consider preferential when encountering the obstacles synonymous with trail running.
Further to this Innov-8 claim that the POWERFLOW midsole gives 10% better shock absorption, which your knees undoubtedly will thank you after negotiating any particularly challenging inclines.
It is an achievement that the shoe offers a level of cushioning without compensating for the level of grip. This means your feet feel connected to the paths and trails at all times but in relative comfort.
As mentioned previously, the outsole consists of an enhanced graphene grip, which allows for better traction and increased durability.
While running at a relatively fast pace on wet, muddy challenging declines, I could have been forgiven for briefly envisaging myself as some sort of mountain goat/Spiderman crossbreed such was my confidence in the traction of the sole.
The marked difference between how a conventional running shoe would perform on any wet decline in comparison to the traction and confidence that the Roclite 275 give is a reason to purchase these shoes alone.
I have been a runner for the best part of 20 years, and even, so I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to review the Roclite 275. Not least because they are such a quality shoe but also because they have allowed me to explore the world of trail running.
Prior to setting out on exploring the trails around South Wales, I had anticipated that I would require a shoe that would not only be durable but provided adequate protection and comfort.
With all of this taken into account, the Roclite 275 ticks many of the boxes. From a comfort perspective, the shoe is not perfect as I experienced with the shoe feeling less forgiving over longer distances in dryer weather.
However, I found it to be a versatile shoe and adapts well to the ever-changing elements. It really does come into its own on the more treacherous wet, rocky terrain.
As mentioned earlier Inov-8 claim that the Roclite275 is the ‘Swiss army knife’ of trail running shoes.
If by this claim they mean the shoe is adept enough to adapt to any trail running obstacle then Innov-8 might well have a point..... still on that basis, they could always build in a pair of tweezers.
I have run in my Rocilte 275 shoes for approximately 50 miles to date. Within that mileage, they have encountered a variety of terrains from rocky, wet, and muddy to dry, cracked and flat.
I think it is fair to say these shoes have certainly been put through their paces. Whereas my recent road running shoes show signs of wear and tear after a similar distance, the Roclite 275 shoes have lasted the course.
- Supreme grip
- Fit slightly on the larger side
- Potential for upper to pinch slightly on longer runs
The Roclite 275 has given me a new lease of running life in my trail running journey.
They are an ideal running shoe to hit the trails, and whilst I accept that prior to this review, I was not considered an avid trail runner. I certainly know what to look for in a good running shoe.
The Innov-8 Roclite 275 provide comfort, protection, and durability, which I would consider to be the key features of any decent trail running shoe. Such is their prowess; I can’t wait to enter my first trail running a competition and put them to the test in a race environment.
However, in the meantime, I can’t find any shoes to wear out with my wife tonight, now where did I put my 275?
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I think that the Inov-8 Roclite 275 is a massive improvement to the previous model. It looks like this Roclite will now do what the Roclite was intended to do which is be a very versatile trail shoe.
Notable elements of the Inov-8 Roclite 275
- The upper of the Inov-8 Roclite 275 features the ADAPTERWEB technology. This component of the running shoe aims to provide a snugger and more secure fit from the heel to the forefoot.
- Utilized in the outsole area is the G-Grip. This graphene-enhanced rubber is focused on providing a better grip on a wide variety of surfaces. This is also essential in increasing the durability of the platform, making it withstand the hazardous nature of the trails.
- Improving the energy return is the responsibility of the PowerFlow. This material is described as a unique midsole compound that aims to increase shock absorption as well.
Inov-8 Roclite 275 size and fit
The Inov-8 Roclite 275 is a trail running shoe that is intended for those who have neutral foot mechanisms. The footwear utilizes the standard measurements when it comes to its sizing.
On a scale of 1-5, the Inov-8 Roclite 275 is graded 3. Grade 1 represents the most precise fit while Grade 5 has the representation of the widest fitting toe box.
The Roclite outsole material is integrated into the Inov-8 Roclite 275. This component of the shoe is described as a trail-specific outsole that is strategically designed for mixed terrains and hard-packed trails.
Along with the Roclite is the moderately aggressive lug pattern. The lugs offer impressive grip on both hard and soft surfaces.
Located at the forefoot area is the Meta-Flex groove. The primary purpose of this groove is to promote a more natural forefoot flex in the toe-off phase.
Utilized in the footwear is the G-Grip. This material is a graphene-enhanced rubber that is meant to deliver the right amount of traction needed by the runner. This rubber also aims to provide added durability.
The PowerFlow is utilized in the midsole of the Inov-8 Roclite 275. Described as a unique midsole compound, this material aims to improve energy return and increase shock absorption.
Extending from the forefoot to the midfoot is the Meta-Shank. This material is focused on providing a more flexible underfoot impact protection.
Acting as a rigid lever arm is the Fascia Band. This feature of the shoe runs from the heel to the forefoot area. This band is essential in releasing energy in every stride. After releasing energy, it allows the runner to efficiently and effectively propel forward.
A Hard Wearing Mesh is integrated into the upper of the Inov 8 Roclite 275. The primary focus of this material is to provide the foot a more breathable and lightweight coverage throughout the run.
Supporting the forefoot is the ADAPTERWEB. This component of the shoe aims to provide a more secure fit without compromising comfort.
The Roclite 275 comes with gaiter hooks that allows runners to easily connect the gaiter to the shoe. The gaiter is essential in keeping debris out of the foot chamber.