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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 110 ratings

5 star
52%
4 star
29%
3 star
1%
2 star
9%
1 star
9%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 by Nate Archibald • Nate Archibald • Level 1 expert

    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 by Pro Lite Gear • Brad • Level 1 expert

    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 by Believe in the Run • Stein • Level 3 expert

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

  • 92 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Jenny • Level 3 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 by Running Village • Paul • Level 3 expert

    If you’re looking for a trail running shoe that can take all the punishment that you can throw at it and still keep going then the Roclite 295 is for you.

  • 89 / 100 by Hiking in Finland • Hendrik Morkel • Level 2 expert

    The Roclite 295 is very comfortable, and the unique Inov-8 support system will hold your foot down and give you that great grip which you need on the trail.

  • 86 / 100 by Trail Monster Running • Ian Parlin • Level 2 expert

    My only complaint is that the shoe wore out more quickly than the Roclite 315’s I had been wearing before, which lasted close to 1000 miles, but given the weight, flexibility and grip of the 295 I think their life span (500 miles) is as good as most other shoes

  • 86 / 100 by On My Way To Sparta • Jeff Cain • Level 2 expert

    I prefer these shoes more for longer runs and/or hiking than I do for sprint racing. In fact, they are now my hiking shoe of choice.

  • 83 / 100 by iRunFarMedia • Travis Liles • Level 2 expert

    The heel has structure, but lacks a rigid hard counter. It can be collapsed by pushing on it but provides enough structure to lock your heel in and feel stable.

  • 80 / 100 by Mudstacle • Pete • Level 2 expert

    So, in summary, I think they could be your perfect everyday training shoe, being able to hack anything that you throw at them.

  • 93 / 100 by A Zultra Runnr • Marc Thomson • Level 1 expert

    They aren't as tough as the previous generation and I won't be surprised to see Inov-8 add some durability back to the shoes in future iterations of this shoe.

  • 92 / 100 by Runner's World UK • Runner's World UK • Level 1 expert

    This shoe was tough, but lightweight and comfortable.

  • 85 / 100 by FitnessFootwear.com • Andrew Burton • Level 1 expert

    Ideal for ultra racing, that is equally as good just for the recreational runner looking for a training shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by Raul Perez 1 • Raul Perez • Level 1 expert

    I liked them. I'm gonna take them on my next big hike.

  • 80 / 100 by Flintland • Flint • Level 1 expert

    While this is pretty much the bulkiest shoe I'd wear out there, I have to say there's a lot of things the 295 does well.

  • 70 / 100 by Meallanliath • Meallanliath • Level 1 expert

    They need breaking in and daily foot care is required if using them.  Grit can get in and in wet conditions, feet never dry out.  

  • 1 / 100 by Must Be This Way… • Andy • Level 1 expert

    So on grounds of good grip on all terrain, on comfort and on durability I have no hesitation in recommending these shoes.

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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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.