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  • Terrain


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


    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
    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.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 9.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A tightly-woven mesh upper makes a breathable, secure and comfortable upper unit all at the same time, according to a handful of reviews.
  • A flexible rubber-made toe bumper assists with shielding the foot from debris.
  • The minimal mid-sole of the Roclite 295 gives just a good amount of cushioning and underfoot support based on the reviews of many runners.
  • Several runners appreciated the Meta-Shank Generation II polymer unit in the metatarsal areas, which improve forefoot area protection and flexibility.
  • The Sticky tech is an outsole unit that’s able to grip onto any surface with ease, especially when climbing is necessary as noted by quite a lot of runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Roclite 295 has an expensive price.
  • Some runners thought that the upper wasn’t very durable as it tended to break for them.
  • Others felt that it was a bit narrow, particularly in the forefoot area.

Bottom line

The Roclite 295 from Inov-8 brings a flexible performance for runners on the trails. It has some mild supportive mechanics that balance the efficacy of the foot and it’s great for multiple types of surfaces.


Expert Reviews

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Updates to Inov-8 Roclite 295

  • The Inov-8 Roclite 295 was designed to give reliable grip on wet conditions. The outer sole was improved to deliver grip on soft and rocky terrain.
  • Protection and debris defense are the things that this shoe offers. The shoe features the gaiter clips that prevent debris from entering the shoe and the Meta Shank, from the midfoot to the forefoot, that gives added protection and flexibility.
  • The upper of the shoes was also improved by utilizing a tighter mesh and decreased rand to reduce the weight and deliver a more solid performance.

Inov-8 Roclite 295 size and fit

The Roclite 295 is available in standard running shoe length. It comes with a close-fitting heel and a wide toe box for toe splay. It gives a great fit to those with wider foot. This shoe is available in standard running shoe widths D and B for both men’s and women’s versions respectively.


The outer sole of the Roclite 295 features the moderately aggressive lug pattern that gives reliable grip on hard and soft terrain. The sticky rubber compound also gives added grip on wet conditions while giving durability on high wear areas. The Meta-Flex groove in the forefoot encourages natural forefoot flex for a more powerful and efficient toe-offs.


The midsole of the shoe uses the injected EVA foam that delivers a reliable level of cushioning and flexibility. It works well with brand’s 2-Arrow Shoc Zone that delivers moderate underfoot cushioning. The Dynamic Fascia Band is very helpful in releasing energy for a responsive ride.


The upper construction of the Inov-8 Roclite 295 is made from a synthetic mesh material that delivers a breathable and lightweight coverage. It comes with a nylon lacing system that gives added support and secure fit. It also features the rubber toe bumper that keeps foot protected against stone bruising.