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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 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.

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
$130
Weight
Men: 10.8oz
Women: 10.8oz
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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 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Many consumers were able to acknowledge that the Inov-8 Roclite 305 was protective, suitably reinforced, and well-cushioned.
  • Those who have tried this shoe thought that it was a great choice for long-distance running.
  • Most reviewers lauded the weight of this model, stating that it was sufficiently light.
  • The traction given by the outsole unit worked well, according to a lot of runners.
  • Testers liked the integration of a gusseted tongue because it efficiently kept debris off the shoe’s interior.
  • The ‘X’ overlays on the medial and lateral sides of the upper were able to provide a secure foot placement, wrote a reviewer.
  • The cushioning capability of the mid-sole received some praise from consumers.
  • Purchasers were generally appreciative of the protective elements present in this model, such as the rock plate and toe cap.
  • A reviewer wrote that this shoe was a great option for all-around outdoor activities.
  • The snug, but comfortable fit of the upper, courtesy of the inner sleeve gave many runners a secured and cozy feel right out of the box.
  • Exceptional feel for the trail resonated among runners while using the Roclite 305.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The toe box was a bit narrow, according to a tester.
  • A runner reported that it was ½ size smaller than what he was used to.
  • A couple of expert reviewers noted that the upper lacks support when doing technical trails.
  • The heel could use a little more locked down feature, based on the observations of a few reviewers.

Bottom line

The feedback towards the Inov-8 Roclite 305 was universally positive. Many consumers were able to enjoy this running shoe’s performance on the trails. Some were even able to use this for long periods of time, and they felt comfortable throughout the experience. There were some concerns with the sizing and the fit, but this neutral trail shoe was generally lauded by trail enthusiasts.


Rankings


Ratings

4.7 / 5 based on 19 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 by RunRepeat • Andrew Dillow • Level 3 expert

    I was amazed at how well these shoes handled mud.

  • 87 / 100 by Backcountry Edge • Luke • Level 3 expert

    Overall: very lightweight shoes, supportive, well-cushioned, comfortable, breathable. All of those features you want in a multi-purpose trail running shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Ian Corless • Ian Corless • Level 4 expert

    I think the 305 is going to please so many runners who have been looking for a shoe that can handle a multitude of terrain in a plush, secure and comfortable shoe. This shoe is slipper like! Initial thoughts is that the ROCLITE is sizing a 1/2 size too small, so, if purchasing online keep this in mind.

  • 86 / 100 by Run Ultra • Fiona Outdoors • Level 3 expert

    I think the soles on the new 305s are even grippier than I recall. Plus, there is more comfort in the upper part of the shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Mud Run Guide • Margaret Schlachter • Level 2 expert

    If you don’t want to have an arsenal of shoes in your house for each race distance and activity, this is a great all around outdoor activity shoe that will stand up to the rigors of a variety of terrains and conditions.

  • 83 / 100 by Trail to Peak • Trail to Peak • Level 2 expert

    The Inov-8 Roclite 305 is a very solid shoe for trail running and light hiking. I think the uppers and outsoles will work for a lot of people. The midsoles will be what drive most decisions. If you’re looking for a responsive ride on a stable platform with great toe flexibility, this will be your go to shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Adam W. Chas • Level 1 expert

    Unlike many of inov-8's other shoes, this one packs some real cushioning underfoot for harder, packed trails, the upper is considerably more substantial to hold and protect on the long trail, and the 305 uses inov-8's fascia-band outsole feature to help with propulsion while also providing push-through protection.

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Updates to Inov-8 Roclite 305

  • The Inov-8 Roclite 305 is a running shoe that’s meant for varied trails. This iteration in the Roclite stable has been created with more cushioning, protection and traction, therefore allowing the neutral runner to take on any distance. It has vibrant yet consistent color schemes; these shoes aren’t too showy, but they’re neat and cool-looking.
  • The upper unit of the Inov-8 Roclite 305 features a durable yet breathable mesh material. It makes up the main fabric of this model. It provides protection and ventilation for the foot of the runner. A synthetic webbing is also used here, and it wraps around the foot in a secure manner, but it also adapts to the motion and shape of the foot during the running session.
  • Protective elements are present in this running shoe. There’s a rubber toe cap, which prevents stubbing. A Meta-Shank is placed in the mid-sole to protect the underside of the foot from jagged trail objects. A gusseted tongue prevents small debris from infiltrating the inner foot-chamber.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Inov-8 Roclite 305 makes use of a foam technology that’s responsive and durable. It is capable of returning energy to the runner, as well as absorbing impact shock during foot-strike. This shoe incorporates the 2 Arrow Shock Zone, which delivers a combination of comfortable cushioning, responsive performance and protection for the underside of the foot.
  • This version utilizes a Tri-C compound, which is basically three rubber compounds mixed to make a robust outsole system. It is capable of delivering traction on different types of surfaces. It doesn’t wear off easily, as well. The gripping lugs on the surface are moderately aggressive. They function well as clamps that cling to surfaces.

Inov-8 Roclite 305 size and fit

The sizing schemes used for the Inov-8 Roclite 305 are of the standard. They follow the regular preferences of runners. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It is able to accommodate the runners who have medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural curve of the human foot.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the Inov-8 Roclite 305 features the Tri-C Compound, which is a high-quality material that’s made from 3 different rubber units. It protects the mid-sole from the abrasive nature of the trails. It is also responsible for surface traction, which is important for every run.

The Roclite design of the outsole has a lug pattern that’s moderately aggressive. It’s efficient on multiple types of surfaces, from soft ground to hard-packed topography. The gripping lugs face different directions, which is a helpful when it comes to upward and downward traversals.

The Meta-Flex™ is a horizontal flex groove in the forefoot area. It facilitates natural flexibility, and it’s helpful when it comes to making the toe-off more natural and enabled.


Midsole

A unique underfoot cushioning material is used for the Inov-8 Roclite 305. Called the PowerFlow, it provides the runner with 15% better return of energy and 10% better shock absorption than regular mid-sole foams on the market.

A Meta-Shank is added in the mid-sole. This rock plate shields the underside of the foot from potentially injurious objects or surfaces while traversing the great outdoors.

This running shoe employs a 2 Arrow Shock Zone, which means that the mid-sole has an 8-mm drop and a combination of responsive cushioning and protection for the underfoot.


Upper

A durable mesh material is used for the Inov-8 Roclite 305. It covers the foot and keeps it secure. Its breathable nature allows it to provide ventilation for the runner, even after long running sessions on the trail.

The ADAPTERWEB Cradle is a webbing that’s made of lightweight synthetic materials. It supports the foot and keeps it wrapped in a secure fit. There are no stitched sections when it comes to this system, so it’s also able to give a smooth coverage.

The X-LOCK System uses overlays that are welded onto the rear of the upper. Shaped like an ‘X’, these medial and lateral add-ons hold the rear of the foot in place and prevent it from going out of the shoe unintentionally.

A rubber Toe Cap guards the forefoot by acting as a protective layer against rocks and other surfaces.

A Gusseted Tongue prevents small debris from entering the foot-chamber and causing any discomfort to the runner. Gaiter Hooks are added to the upper. They allow the runner to attach protective gaiters if the need for more anti-debris protection arises.