Summary

We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of consumers commented that the Inov-8 Roclite 275 is lightweight.
  • The majority of the users said that the running shoe is comfortable.
  • According to a purchaser who has tried it, the shoe was easy to break in.
  • It provides excellent traction on surfaces, based on some reviews.
  • Some of the testers commented that the shoe is breathable.
  • Several reviewers agreed that the Inov 8 Roclite 275 is durable.
  • A good number of consumers said that the shoe has a roomy toe box.
  • It is well-cushioned, according to some reviewers.
  • Based on reviews, the shoe is flexible.
  • According to those who have tested it, the running footwear is suitable for rocky and muddy terrains.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users observed that shoelaces are too thin. It needed to be double-tied to prevent loosening during the running activity.
  • A few wearers noted that the foot does not feel secure during the running activity.
  • A tester commented that the laces fall apart after several uses only.

Bottom line

Many people liked the Inov-8 Roclite 275. They accepted the features and technologies integrated into the shoe in a positive way. Moreover, the flexibility, cushioning, comfort level, and lightweight structure of this model were lauded by many users. Some purchasers complained of its thin and not durable laces but, overall, the Inov-8 Roclite 275 was admired by many because of its fantastic construction. and excellent performance on a wide variety of terrains.

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Expert Reviews

90 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 |

    Inov-8 Roclite G 275 - The leatherman multitool of trail running shoes

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    For those who need an exceptionally durable, lightweight, slightly minimalist trail shoe for a vastly diverse range of running conditions, the Inov-8 Roclite G 275 is the perfect multitool for your feet.

     

    Who the Roclite G 275 is perfect for?

    I reviewed the non-graphene version of the G 275 back in fall 2019 and called it a "Jack of All Trades, Master of None." I found the Roclite 275 was a great shoe for basically any situation you could find yourself running in, but not perfect in any of them.

    Since then, having taken the G 275 out in an extreme range of conditions from icy summits to muddy valleys to pavement, the shoe has really showcased its versatility and grown on me.

    The addition of a more durable graphene outsole, a superlight carbon infused with the outsole's rubber that increases durability while cutting weight has also helped improve the shoe (graphene is indicated by the "G" in G 275, versus the plain old non-graphene "275").

     

     

    Inov-8 calls the Roclite G 275 the "Swiss Army Knife of trail running shoes." But as someone who wouldn't trust a Swiss Army knife for anything other than wine bottle opening, I'd take that claim a step farther.

    The G 275 is a Leatherman multitool for your feet. It is rugged and versatile, ready for just about any conditions and demands you could put it through.

    It's just as effective running 20 miles along a snowy ridgeline as it is doing an easy recovery run on dry, crushed gravel park paths. The shoe feels great speeding through a tempo workout in muddy fields during a rainstorm or going on a light jog on the beach.

    It isn't as specialized for a particular type of run or terrain as say, the Inov-8 X-Talon 200 which is built specifically for speed on a wet, muddy ground.

    However, it is impressive just how well the G 275 works on such a wide range of different types of runs, surfaces, and weather conditions.

     

    To test just how varied the terrain and conditions could get before the G 275 was pushed past its limits, I took it up a few mountains in the snow and ice.

     

    This is not really the conditions the shoe was made for, but I figured if the G 275s could work well here, they'd work well just about anywhere. They didn't disappoint.

    The Leatherman metaphor applies to the shoe's durability and dependability. After 50+ miles of wear, the shoe looks and feels almost identical from the outsole all the way to the upper as it did fresh out of the box.

    As an extreme illustration, it should be noted that ultra-runner Jasmin Paris won a 268-mile rugged trail race wearing a single pair of the G 275s for the entire course, while other runners were swapping out shoes multiple times.

    Finally, the multitool metaphor applies to the G 275's versatile fit and feel. It has a relatively accommodating upper that will work for a wide range of different foot shapes.

    Meanwhile, its low stack height with an 8mm heel-toe drop will feel comfortable for everyone from the minimalist crowd to light heel strikers.

     

     

    For an in-depth review of the upper, midsole, and outsole, continue reading each section below. For a comparison of how the G 275 stacks up against competing trail shoes, continue to the "Look at the Competition" section at the bottom.

    In-depth review, from top to bottom

    Upper

    The Roclite G 275's upper is made of a relatively seamless mesh with a rubber toe cap and series of overlays at the midfoot for added protection and a secure fit.

    It has more overlays and added padding at the hindfoot to lock in the heel. It is not as secure a heel fit as trail shoes with a truly rigid heel counter (like the Salomon Sense Pro 4), but still has plenty of support and snugness.

    All in all, it makes for a good upper that'll feel comfortable for a wide range of foot shapes. It's wider than most Salomons, which have a reputation for running a bit narrow, but is still snug enough to feel secure while speeding down steep gradients.

    While the toe box is fairly accommodating in terms of volume, it is a smidgen pointy in its shape. So for those who really like their digits splaying out a lot, you may want to stick with Altra trail shoes or Inov-8s with a wider last like the Trailtalon 235.

    While the upper is good, I wouldn't say it's great. Inov-8 takes pride in designing their shoes from the ground up, starting with a purpose-built outsole, then designing the midsole on top of that, then crafting the upper last.

    This has advantages in delivering the best, grippiest outsoles on the market and remarkable midsoles. However, it comes at the cost of uppers that feel, by comparison, like after thoughts.

    The upper on the G 275 isn't bad. In fact, I like it a lot! But it is underwhelming compared to the near-perfection of the midsole and outsole.

    It's awkwardly a little loose in the heel and midfoot while weirdly pointy in the toe box. It also has a smidge too much padding in the tongue, which causes it to crimp up a bit around the ankle.

    The upper isn't dramatically off in any way, to be clear. I like the fit of the upper and feel secure and protected running in it, but it just doesn't feel as finely crafted as the rest of the shoe.

     

    A couple of side notes about the upper

    1) There are a lot of complaints in other reviews about the laces on the Roclite series of shoes. Reviewers say they're too long and too narrow.

    I don't get these complaints. In my opinion, the laces are fine. The thinness comes from the laces being made of a paracord material that seems extremely durable.

    I also never found the lace thinness to be an issue adjusting them even when they're caked in mud or ice. They're a little long, but not so long that they create a problem and can easily be tucked in or trimmed if they're flopping around.

    I'd much rather have slightly long laces than too short laces, which you can't really work around and would need to completely replace. All that is to say, I think the lace complaints are just people finding something to nitpick about.

    2) I don't usually comment on the design of running shoes. Personally, I've always felt that when you're out on the trails and your shoes are covered with mud, function counts for more than fashion.

     

    That said, the new and improved colorway of the G 275's upper over the old 275 is a welcome improvement.

    The previous blue and black colors had a blasé "dad shoe" vibe that would only fit in on the sideline of a little league baseball field and didn't do justice to the rough outdoorsy nature of the shoe (see old blue colorway in the photo below).

     

     

    The new red and black Ferrari look, despite being a complete rip off of the Salomon S/Lab Sense 7 SG, is a much slicker look and more appropriate for such a tough, competition-ready trail shoe.

    Midsole

    The midsole of the Roclite G 275 is unique in that it has both a low stack height, low heel-toe-drop (8mm) minimalist feel, and a well-protected, moderate level of cushioning.

    Most trail shoes swing entirely toward one or the other: a conventional amount of cushioning or a really minimal amount of cushioning. I love the middle ground design of the Roclite G 275's midsole.

    It gives an exceptional ground feel and has plenty of pliability that allows the foot to flex naturally through the gait cycle.

     

     

    Yet it still has enough cushioning to keep feet and joints happy over long distance runs on any surface softer than concrete (and even short jaunts on sidewalks to get to the trailhead aren't jarring).

    It's a happy medium that avoids being so minimalist that feet are constantly stabbed by rocks on the one hand (like the New Balance Minimus is guilty of), but also avoids being too dense that there's no ground feel and the ride feels clunky (like the Altra Lone Peak might be accused of).

    I also think the 8mm drop was a good choice. It's low enough that all but the total radical extremists in the minimalist crowd will be satiated on one end of the spectrum.

    On the other, it's not a full 0mm drop so that most non-minimalist runners will still be able to wear the G 275 comfortably without being afraid of tearing their Achilles tendons.

    The stack height is high enough that forefoot, midfoot, and heel strikers should all feel pretty comfortable, even when jumping down on to rocks.

    Also, the foam's density is relatively plush, so even with its low stack height and excellent ground feel, the G 275 still feels softer underfoot than higher stack height competitors with denser foams like the Salomon Sense Pro 4.

    My one word of caution about the midsole is that because it has a relatively low stack height, those with heavier impacting, longer gaits, or hard heel strikes might need something a bit more substantial in terms of cushioning (check out the Trailroc G 280, for example).

    The G 275 is also completely neutral, and although it feels remarkably stable for a neutral shoe (perhaps owing to the pliable forefoot and secure midfoot-hindfoot wrap), those who need added stability features like a medial post should look elsewhere.

    The G 275 does have a removable sock liner, though, and can accommodate inserts nicely for those with orthotics.

    None of this is a complaint about the G 275, just a comment for readers who are trying to decide whether low, flexible arches or sensitive knees will be happy in this shoe or not.

    Outsole

    The outsole of the G 275 is where the shoe shines brightest. In my opinion, Inov-8 has had the best outsoles on the market since they entered the arena in 2003, and they've raised the bar even higher with the introduction of graphene rubber.

    There are two impressive features of the G 275's outsole: its grip over a wide range of surfaces, and its durability.

    In terms of grip, I found the G 275's outsole gripped perfectly on everything from pavement, to smooth dry rock, to wet muddy grass to snow and ice. On one run, I passed by hikers wearing crampons to ascend a snow-covered mountain.

    Over miles of ice and snow, I never needed to pop on my Yaktrax, finding the G 275 gripped fine without them. I tried hard, but I couldn't find a place the shoe didn't stick.

    This is impressive since there's usually a tradeoff between trail shoes gripping well on hard, smooth surfaces like solid rock or soft squishy surfaces like mud, but not both.

    Shoes like the Salomon Speedcross and the Inov-8 X-Talon do the latter but not the former. The Salomon Sense Pro and Inov-8 Trailtalon do the former but are not great at the latter.

    The G 275 does both very well. I found the Roclite G 275's outsole dramatically outperformed industry-leading outsoles from Vibram like the one on the Hoka One One Evo Speedgoat, Salomon, and Altra.

    The Roclite G 275 isn't designed for ice climbing, but I figured I'd test them out in those conditions thinking if I could "get a grip" (Inov-8's motto) descending an ice wall, then we can all be pretty confident they'll get a grip just about anywhere.

     

    Descending a frozen ledge, they gripped just fine.

     

    In terms of durability, I found the G 275's outsole held up amazingly well. After 50 miles of wear, it looks and feels almost identical to how it was fresh out of the box.

    The outsole also wore down noticeably slower than the non-graphene version of the Roclite 275 (see comparison photos below), and I have little doubt they'll hold up to 500+ miles of wear.

    This exceptional durability has some members of the outdoors community jumping ship from brands like Salomon and headed toward longer lasting Inov-8 shoes.

     

    The non-graphene outsole (blue) wore noticeably faster than the graphene version (red) after roughly the same amount of wear.

     

    All this to say, yes, Inov-8's graphene outsoles are impressive. Not to deflate this accomplishment, but to temper the marketing hype a little, consumers should know two things.

    First, the use of carbon in outsole rubber is nothing new. Continental (used in some Adidas running shoes), among others, has been experimenting with carbon-infused rubbers for at least a decade.

    However, the use of this particular form of carbon—graphene—in running shoes is new. Kudos.

     

     

    Second, in my experience, the durability of Inov-8's outsoles has never been the weakest link in their shoes.

    I've always needed to put my Inov-8 shoes in the discard pile because they lost their cushioning, and/or their uppers stretched to the point where my feet started slipping around.

    Because most Inov-8s are fairly minimalist in terms of stack height when the midsole cushioning loses its spring, it really loses its cushioning, and the shoe basically becomes unwearable.

    There have been some efforts by Inov-8 to improve their midsoles with new foams like "Powerflow," but I still find the cushioning is consistently done before the outsole loses its grip.

    The uppers on Inov-8s are also usually fairly minimalist and tend to start to stretch out and lose their snug fit long before the outsole grip is gone.

    However, in the specific case of the G 275, I think the copious use of overlays (Inov-8 calls it their "Adapterweb") will greatly improve the upper's durability.

    At 50 miles, the upper on the G 275 still feels just as snug as it did fresh out of the box. However, I expect the midsole foam (not the outsole rubber), will be the reason these shoes give out.

    So for all the hype around graphene, next innovation Inov-8, if you're listening, more durable midsole foam, please.

    In sum, I'm thoroughly impressed with Inov-8's outsoles, and graphene rubber is a noticeable, welcome improvement. I cannot think of another trail shoe with better outsole grip and durability.

    The competition

    The Roclite G 275 satisfies a tiny niche in the running shoe market: those who like a minimalist fit and feel, but still need a substantial amount of cushioning and protection for rough conditions over long distances.

    That cuts out a lot of the competition already, and I struggle to think of other shoes that fit in a similar category. Most trail shoes are either significantly more built up in the midsole (e.g., the Salomon Sense Pro) or less (e.g., the Merrell Trailglove).

    So, given the lack of real competitors and echoing what I said in my review of the non-graphene Roclite 275, I find that oddly, the Roclite G 275's biggest competition comes from within Inov-8's own trail shoe line up, with numerous other Inov-8 models outcompeting their own shoe.

    Inov-8's range of shoes seems to have a lot of overlap between them, with each shoe model only varying in minutiae: a few grams here, an extra overlay there, or an extra centimeter in the lugs.

     

    Near mirror images, the Trailtalon 235 (foreground) is lighter, more flexible in the upper, and has almost the same amount of cushioning as the Roclite G 275 (background).

     

    It leaves me wondering what gap the Roclite G 275 is supposed to be filling, as there are many trail shoes offered by Inov-8 that do exactly what the Roclite G 275 does, but a smidgen better.

    The Trailtalon 235 (foreground of picture above), for example, is a near mirror image of the Roclite G 275 (background of picture above). However, the Trailtalon 235 is lighter with a more flexible upper and offers about the same amount of cushioning, foot protection, and grip.

    The only minor reason someone might go with the Roclite G 275 then, is that I found the Trailtalon had marginally less durability, owing in large part to the fact it isn't yet sold with the new graphene outsole.

    As another example, the Terraultra G 260 is also lighter than the Roclite G 275, but actually has more cushioning and equivalent durability to keep joints happy over long-distance runs.

    The G 275 then only really makes sense for runners who don't want the full zero mm heel-toe drop of the Terraultra or want slightly better ground feel. Again, really splitting hairs here.

    To go back to the Leatherman multitool metaphor, I suppose if you have to run in only one pair of shoes across a wide range of different conditions, then the G 275 has its place.

    However, with the exception of the occasional ultra-distance run over widely varied terrain. I personally would just prefer a couple of pairs of different trail shoes in the closet to call on depending on the demands of the day.

    To overuse and abuse the metaphor: better to have a survival knife, a screwdriver set, and a hatchet rather than a single multitool. If you agree with this reasoning, then there are numerous specialist shoes that will make more sense.

    For example, on wet, muddy runs, the X-Talon G 235 is significantly lighter than the Roclite G 275 and has deeper lugs. It's not quite as versatile as the Roclite, but significantly better for a single range of conditions.

    That said, if you have to pick one trail shoe to run over a wide range of different conditions, I much prefer the Roclite G 275 to other generalist trail shoes.

    The Roclite G 275 is less expensive, more accommodating to a wider range of foot shapes, more protective in the upper, more flexible in the forefoot, and only marginally heavier than the Salomon S/Lab Sense 7.

    It is lighter (9.7 men's size 9) than the Saucony Peregrine 8 (10 oz). It gives more feel for the ground with a better-fitting upper than the clunkier-feeling (albeit lighter at 8.7 oz) Altra Superior 4, Salomon Sense Pro 4 (8.9 oz), and Brooks Puregrit 8 (9.3 oz).

    It also provides noticeably better cushioning (especially on long, 10+ mile runs) than competitor minimalist trail shoes like the Merrell Trail Glove 5 or the New Balance Minimus 10v1.

    All that to say, if you're looking for a durable multitool, the Roclite G 275 seems to beat out much of the competition. If you're okay specializing for unique circumstances (muddy ground, etc.), or sacrificing a bit of durability to cut weight, then there are better options on the market.

     

    Comfortable in just about any conditions, the G 275 is the Leatherman multitool of running shoes.

    Conclusion

    Being modest, Inov-8 calls the Roclite G 275 the "Swiss Army Knife of trail running shoes."

     As someone who wouldn't trust a Swiss Army Knife for much more than wine bottle opening, I would take that metaphor a step farther: the G 275 is a Leatherman multitool for your feet.

    It is rugged, versatile, and ready for just about any conditions or demands over the long haul. I found it was perfect for everything from a distance run along a snowy ridge, to a light recovery run through a park, to a speed workout across muddy fields in the rain.

    The G 275 is not as specialized as other trail shoes like the Inov-8 X-Talon 200, which is built specifically for speed on wet, muddy ground. However, the G 275 is a near-perfect generalist.

    It has some of the best, most durable grip on the market. There's accommodating and protective upper, just the right amount of low stack height midsole cushioning to keep feet comfortable running long distances.

    If you need to pick one trail running shoe that can handle just about anything you could throw at it for hundreds of miles, the Roclite G 275 is the dependable multitool you'll want to pack.

  • 85 / 100 |

    Inov-8 Roclite 275: Jack of all trades, master of none

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    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

    Upper

    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.

    Midsole

    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.

    Outsole

    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.

    The competition

    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.

    Conclusion

    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.

  • 97 / 100 | Wild Ginger Running | | Level 1 expert

    ...really impressed with these; so happy with how they performed so far.

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 5 expert

    Running in the RocLite, the cushioning is quite firm yet supple in the forefoot; on the heel the impact seems a little harder.

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- 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.

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.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
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.

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