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.
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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.
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WeightMen: 10.4ozWomen: 9.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 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.
Heel heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
Forefoot heightMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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84 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews
Overall, a great shoe. I highly, highly recommend it. Great for many conditions, specifically very rocky conditions, a lot of off-road type of conditions. Very lightweight, and really, my favorite part is that they were super comfortable.
This is a full-on trail running shoe, backpacking shoe. I use it [as] a day hiking shoe, knockaround shoe. It's just the most comfortable one I own.
Quality workmanship, solid materials, and a well thought out design put these shoes in a class of their own.
The shoes were comfortable, with ample room in the toe box. My heels stayed where they should. For ascending they were awesome
Updates to Inov-8 Roclite 295
- The Roclite shoe series of the Inov-8 brand is reintroducing the Roclite 295. Designed for the trails, the Roclite 295 is currently the lightest and most flexible shoe from the brand. The versatile quality of the shoe allows it an effortless performance on multiple types of terrain, including mountain rock, muddy grass, and hard-packed trails.
- A significant portion of the upper’s structure was taken from the shoe’s original version. The material remains to be a synthetic mesh, but now with a new thermoplastic polyurethane cage overlay and nylon shoelaces.
- The sole unit presents a lighter weight that now claims to be more flexible and responsive than before. This new structure allows for quick runs while still delivering the adequate protection and support. The improved material now also has better shock absorption and energy-return capabilities.
Inov-8 Roclite 295 size and fit
The Inov-8 Roclite 295 has a standard running shoe length, and an anatomically-correct structure with high arches, perfect for neutral pronators with low to moderate foot volumes. The Roclite 295 is offered in men’s and women’s versions, classified under their sizing system as Fit Scale 3, which translates to medium width.
As a trail running shoe, the Inov-8 Roclite 295 features the ROCLITE outsole, which uses a distinct, durable rubber compound – their very own Tri-C rubber. The name implies a combination of three types of rubber: soft, sticky, and hard, for the ultimate grip and protection on the terrains. This outsole is as durable as the Salomon Speedcross 5 running shoe.
With the formation of the ROCLITE outsole, the Inov-8 Roclite 295 is guaranteed a versatile underfoot coverage. The material also features multidirectional claw-shaped lugs that have a wide contact area for unparalleled traction and quick release of debris.
The Inov-8 Roclite 295 makes use of the POWERFLOW midsole. This material delivers 10% better shock absorption and 15% better energy return compared to standard midsoles. The cushioning technology offered by POWERFLOW is designed to be more flexible, responsive, and more durable than other midsole foams.
Beneath the POWERFLOW cushion is a second-generation version of the brand’s Meta-Plate rock plate, a unit that sufficiently protects the underfoot from sharp rocks that could potentially cause injuries. Despite its robust structure, the Meta-Plate does not hinder the flexibility of the Roclite 295.
The breathable mesh upper of the Inov-8 Roclite 295 delivers a lightweight coverage that also provides a supportive and secure fit. For added support, a cradle unit called the ADAPTERWEB is wrapped around the length of the shoe. It works by adapting to the foot’s movements while running.
The brand’s Y-Lock system is also present in the Roclite 295, holding the heel in place and preventing unnecessary motions and accidental slip-offs. On the other end is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) toe cap that shields the forefoot from objects ahead that could cause pain if hit.