Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The synthetic materials and the GORE-TEX upper ensures a breathable and waterproof coverage.
  • Most reviewers noted that the flexibility of this shoe is just right for them to move a bit more naturally.
  • Some stability mechanisms are found in the Roclite 282 GTX and they efficiently allow the runner to perform in a more natural and balanced manner.
  • Sticky rubber on the outsole ensures a durable external layer while also maintaining traction over the various surfaces of the trails, based on some runner’s reviews.
  • Minimalist runners are the ones who are going to enjoy this running shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Others noticed the heel area starting to fall apart after a few months of use.
  • It has a very expensive price.

Bottom line

The Roclite 282 GTX from Inov-8 is a great waterproof running shoe that many runners who want support and comfort can enjoy. It has waterproofing mechanics, a responsive midsole and a durable outsole unit for daily adventures. Though some users have negative experiences with the shoe, it still considered by the majority as a reliable running companion.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
It has never been more popular than this June

Expert Reviews

87 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Running Monkey | Level 3 expert

    Substantial and fairly deep lugs offer grip for both drive and camber, side-to-side, control.

  • 98 / 100 | Must Love Jogs | | Level 2 expert

    This shoe is basically awesome. It is super comfortable and very stylish. It is also great quality, as I would expect from Inov-8.

  • 86 / 100 | HikeVentures | Level 1 expert

    The Inov-8 Roclite 282 GTX are probably the best shoes which you can get if you look for the lightest weight and a good sole.

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    …a sticky rubber outsole compound, which has been specially developed using climbing rubber technology. This rubber optimizes grip in wet conditions.

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  • The Inov-8 Roclite 282 GTX features the Gore-Tex membrane that is use in its upper. The Gore-Tex membrane is waterproof, keeping water out. It keeps the foot drier without affecting the shoe’s breathability features.

The Roclite 282 GTX is available in standard running shoe length and width. The heel area has a close-fitting and the forefoot is a bit wider. It comfortably accommodates those with wider forefoot. The toe box is roomy for toe splay.


The outer unit of the Roclite 282 GTX uses the sticky rubber that is designed to give impressive grip on wet conditions while giving additional durability on high wear areas. The full length lugged pattern gives reliable grip on grass, snow and muddy surfaces.

The Meta-Flex groove encourages natural forefoot flex. The outsole of the shoe is as durable and flexible as the Speedcross 5 from Salomon.


The shoe uses the EVA foam that delivers moderate amount of cushioning and flexibility. It works perfectly with the brand’s 3-Arrow Shoc-Zone cushioning system that deliver average amount of underfoot cushioning. It also uses the Fascia Band from the heel to the metatarsal region. It acts as the rigid lever arm for efficient ride. Lastly, the Meta Shank is designed to provide flexible underfoot impact protection.


The upper of the Inov-8 Roclite 282 GTX features the Gore-Tex material which is designed to be waterproof, keeping the foot drier without affecting breathability. The Met-Cradle gives forefoot support and a secure fit through the synthetic upper webbing. The shoe also comes with a TPU lacing support that securely holds the foot for an enhanced running experience.

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.

jens@runrepeat.com