Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    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.

    Competition

    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
    $115
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 9.5oz
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Inov-8 Roclite 295 performed excellently on soft-surface trails, according to a runner.
  • One user praised the shoe’s water drainage system.
  • The tread of the outsole was outstanding and showed longevity, a reviewer mentioned.
  • The Roclite 295 was a great shoe to wear in both summer and winter weathers.
  • Several purchasers agreed it was a fantastic shoe that suited both long and short distance runs.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The lacing system started to fall apart after less than a month of usage, a user experienced.
  • Some wearers thought the shoe ran small.

Bottom line

Many users were pleased with the quality of the Inov-8 Roclite 295 that they were convinced to purchase another pair. Positive comments surround the shoe regarding its features and performance, as well as the comfort it offered.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 | Nate Archibald

    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.

  • 87 / 100 | Pro Lite Gear

    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.

  • 93 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    Quality workmanship, solid materials, and a well thought out design put these shoes in a class of their own.

  • 92 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    The shoes were comfortable, with ample room in the toe box. My heels stayed where they should. For ascending they were awesome

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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.


Outsole

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.

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.