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 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
$150
Weight
Men: 11.5oz
Women: 11.5oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

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.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the runners were highly appreciative of the shoe’s comfortable feel.
  • The Gore-Tex® material worked incredibly in keeping the foot dry while running on wet conditions, said some runners.
  • Several users admired the reliable grip of the Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX, especially on technical terrains.
  • According to a few wearers, the shoe is very flexible.
  • A couple of runners stated that the shoe felt agreeably light.
  • A user mentioned that the shoe required no break-in time; it was comfortable from the moment it was first used.
  • A few purchasers approved of the boot-cut construction of the shoe, which provided ankle support on uneven surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Roclite 325 GTX is half-a-size smaller than the usual sizing of other Inov-8 shoes, based on some comments.
  • The shoe’s price was perceived to have a slightly expensive.
  • A few wide-footed runners were disappointed by the shoe’s narrow toe-box.

Bottom line

Generally, the Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX is a reliable trail running shoe for neutral runners. The breathable Gore-Tex® especially got positive remarks for providing foot protection while running on wet surfaces. Overall, testers wrote that the shoe was able to give a good combination of comfort, durability, flexibility, ankle support, and traction.


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Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 10 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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83 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 by Kelly Abelmann • Abelmann • Level 1 expert

    What I found is my sizing was pretty much spot-on. I ordered my normal size and it didn't change a bit.

  • 80 / 100 by Run Ultra • Fiona Outdoors • Level 2 expert

    I think these boots are best for summer and spring conditions and for fast hiking and running on paths, especially muddy hill paths. They surprised me by being more useful than I had imagined they would be.

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Updates to Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX

  • The upper of the Roclite 325 GTX features a breathable and durable Gore-Tex® material. This extra layer provides the foot with waterproof coverage, especially while running in wet conditions.
  • The Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX provides better shock absorption and energy return because of the presence of the PowerFlow midsole technology. It delivers reliable cushioning for a more responsive ride.
  • The outsole unit of this shoe also features the Tri-C rubber compound. It delivers a good blend of traction and durability while running on unpredicted surfaces. The moderately aggressive lug pattern also gives added traction, especially when it comes to upward and downward traversals.

Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX size and fit

The Roclite 325 GTX has a standard running shoe length. For both the men and women’s versions, the available width is medium. The standard measurement in the forefoot, mid-foot, and heel offers a comfortable fit for runners with a medium foot-shape.

Outsole

The outsole of the Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX utilizes the Tri-C sticky rubber compound. It is engineered from three different outsole rubbers to provide durability in high-wear areas. It also provides reliable grip on various terrains. 

The shoe has a moderately aggressive lug pattern that provides enhanced traction while running on hard-packed trails and varied surfaces.

Midsole

The Roclite 325 GTX uses the two-piece PowerFlow midsole technology, which provides high-energy return and reliable shock absorption for an improved running experience. Compared to the standard foam units that are placed in most running shoes on the market, the PowerFlow delivers 15% energy return and 10% better shock absorption.

Integrated into the midsole is the Second-Generation Meta-Shank that is strategically placed from the midfoot to the forefoot. It follows the natural shape of the foot and offers flexibility while giving added underfoot protection.

Upper

The Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX has a boot-cut construction that provides ankle support for uneven terrain.

The upper of the shoe features is the durable Gore-Tex® membrane. It is a lightweight and breathable material that provides the foot a waterproof coverage, keeping the foot dry while running on wet surfaces.

For a more comfortable and adaptive fit, the shoe utilizes the AdapterWeb Met-Cradle that adapts to the natural shape and movement of the foot.

The shoe also utilizes the reliable X-LOCK System that holds the heel securely for an enhanced fit and added support.

The presence of the rubber toe cap gives added durability while keeping the toes well-protected from bruising on trails.

Lastly, the Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX has a lace-up closure and gusseted tongue that offers an enhanced fit and overall comfort. The integrated gusseted tongue is also designed to keep the debris out of the shoe.