Verdict from 2 experts and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Many customers said that the shoe was really comfortable.
  • A few users highly appreciated the quality of the materials used for the Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX.
  • A runner lauded the GORE-TEX technology since it made running through streams and other wet conditions an easy task.
  • A customer found the midsole to be really responsive.
  • A user mentioned that the shoe offered excellent underfoot protection and traction.
  • An individual admired the lightweight disposition of the footwear.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A user found the toe-box a bit narrow.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX had mainly a positive response from the running community. The trail enthusiasts found it suitable for rough trail conditions and wet surfaces. The majority admitted that it held up well for a long period of time, even after several miles of running.

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Good to know

  • The all-around features of the Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX enable the runners to perform more confidently on the trails. The Gore-Tex delivers excellent protection from unnecessary moisture and harsh conditions, thereby keeping the foot-chamber cool and dry.
  • The soft nylon material of the upper offers a breathable and snug fit. The Powerflow midsole delivers an optimal combination of comfortability and responsiveness. Also, the Tri-C Outsole is known for its enhanced flexibility and better grip on challenging surfaces.

The GTX version of the Roclite 305 is a neutral trail running shoe that has a standard length. It is available in the regular widths of D and B for men and women, respectively. Its semi-curved shape and the roomy interior accommodate the natural shape and motion of the foot. Also, the wearers are able to follow their natural gait while running.

The Roclite 305 GTX features the Tri-C Outsole for sure performance on challenging surfaces. The rubber is both flexible and durable. It provides traction over steep slopes and wet terrains.  Also, its intelligent design enables the instant release of small rocks and debris, thereby resulting in a self-cleaning mechanism.

The Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX houses the Powerflow Midsole, which, according to Inov-8, is 10 % more efficient and 15 % more responsive compared to the conventional foams.

The Sturdy Rubber Toe Cap in the forefoot region of the shoe protects the toes from any harsh contact with debris and abrasive surfaces.

The Second-Generation Meta-Shank is a rock-plate that provides additional protection underfoot and reduces the risk of injury.

The upper is made using the flexible nylon material which fits snugly around the foot and offers a very soft feel. Also, its perforated structure allows for proper ventilation inside the shoe which keeps the internal environment healthy and dry.

The Gore-Tex Upper effectively protects the foot from water infiltration. It also delivers enhanced breathability, thereby, keeping the foot dry and cool throughout the running session.

The Mesh Lining across the upper further increases the comfortability of the footwear. It is also highly breathable in nature.

The Adapterweb Met-Cradle maintains the snug fit for the user throughout the running session by adapting to the natural foot shape and its movements.

The X-Lock System locks down the heel in its proper place and improves the fit for the wearer.

The Integrated Tongue Gusset is placed strategically across the upper to keep the small rocks and debris out of the shoe. Also, the tongue secures the foot in position and prevents uncomfortable sliding inside the shoe.


How Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 44% trail running shoes
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Bottom 27% Inov-8 running shoes
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Bottom 48% waterproof running shoes
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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.