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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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • A mesh upper offers breathable coverage that’s lightweight and responsive based on several comments.
  • Synthetic overlays improve the overall fit by reinforcing the upper fabric, according to some runners.
  • Runners who have a minimalist taste for trail shoes are the ones who are going to enjoy the Trailrock 150.
  • Injected EVA delivers moderate underfoot support that’s not too profound or unwieldy noted a few testers.
  • The Trailroc outsole offers durable protection in the outsole, as well as efficient traction.
  • It’s one of the most lightweight trail shoes on the market.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners thought that the thin nature of the sole unit was overly done because they felt uncomfortable landing on the ground because the cushioning is minimal.
  • Others said that it was too narrow and too long to rightly accommodate their feet.
  • Most of the complaints related to the fact that every rock and debris underfoot can be easily felt because of its low-profile nature.

Bottom line

The Trailroc 150 from Inov-8 is a solid option for minimalist trail blazers who want a responsive shoe for their adventures. It doesn’t have a lot protective measures, but it does have a lightweight frame and a comfortable upper coverage.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 25 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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76 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    Best for seasoned barefoot runners who want to run as light and close to the ground as possible while taking on the most challenging off-road terrain.

  • 69 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    You will feel small rocks and pebbles wearing the TrailRoc 150 and especially if you remove the sockliner

  • 69 / 100 by Another Runner • Ash • Level 2 expert

    Regardless of its disappointments, I still really like the Trailroc 150, but not for running.

  • 65 / 100 by Toe Salad • Damien Tougas • Level 1 expert

    As with the 235, one of the biggest downsides to this shoe is how quickly the outsole wears. Inov-8 uses fairly soft rubbers on the TrailRoc.

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Updates to Inov-8 Trailroc 150

  • The Invo-8 Trailroc 150 uses different rubber compounds in the outsole. The hardest rubber is strategically placed in the forefoot and heel for added durability. The lightest rubber is placed in the arch and toe areas.

Inov-8 Trailroc 150 size and fit

The Trailroc 150 has a standard running shoe length and medium widths. It has a wider toe box that allows toe splay. It also has enough room in the midfoot area and a snug heel. This shoe best accommodates runners with medium and wide foot measurements.


Outsole

The shoe features the Tri-C outsole compound that delivers maximum grip and enhanced durability. The soft sticky rubber is strategically placed in the outsole for maximum performance and grip on wet conditions. The Hard Sticky Rubber aids the soft type and increases durance and the endurance rubber compound increases toughness and durability in all possible situations.


Midsole

As a minimalist shoe, there is no midsole in the Trailroc 150. However, there is 3mm removable outsole that can provide minimal cushioning without affecting the overall barefoot experience.


Upper

The breathable full length coverage feature of the Trailroc 150 is made out of synthetic mesh. It is thin, lightweight and durable. The lacing system offers the versatility of the upper to be snug and tight or loose and roomy, and the Anatomic Last is responsible for allowing the shoe to follow the normal form of the runner’s foot so it instantly provides comfort.