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6 reasons to buy

  • Synthetic materials and TPU make up the supportive upper unit of the Trailroc 235.
  • The moderately lightweight nature of this running shoe is one of its most beloved features, according to some testers.
  • Injected EVA is found in the minimal mid-sole unit, offering mild yet sure underfoot support for most runners.
  • Minimalist runners are the ones who are going to enjoy this shoe because of its low platform height and zero-drop from the heel to the toe area.
  • Natural flexibility for the foot is provided by the Meta-Flex grooves in the forefoot section remarked a few users.
  • The Tri-C features some sticky rubber compounds that give protection, durability, and traction.

2 reasons not to buy

  • For other minimalist runners, the toe box is narrow, which for them doesn’t actually mimic a barefoot style of running.
  • It has a moderately high price.

Bottom line

The Trailroc 235 from Inov-8 is a solid offering for minimalist runners. Though it has minimal underfoot cushioning, it does have some stability mechanics that’ll help with performance with each stride.


Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.3oz | Women: 8.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 13mm | Women: 13mm
Forefoot height: Men: 13mm | Women: 13mm
Brand: Inov-8
Type: Low drop | Zero drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Blue
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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 | Running Warehouse | | Level 4 expert

    What I liked with the 235 is that it's a lot more nimble; its greater flexibility in the forefoot because it doesn't have the Meta Shank for protection. So, it's really great for picking my foot in between all the rocks and roots out on the trail.

  • 86 / 100 | Caveman Clarke | Level 3 expert

    The protection is what I'm looking for [in] that shoe and I'm pretty pleased with that. It's not too much, but not too little, as well.

  • 92 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    It works well on varied surfaces from roads to rugged trails, and provides a roomy fit that minimalist runners have come to expect in zero drop shoes.

  • 90 / 100 | Minimalist Running Shoes | | Level 4 expert

    My prediction is that the Inov-8 TrailRoc 235 will become one of the top lightweight minimal trail shoe

  • 88 / 100 | Running Monkey | Level 3 expert

    The comfort level was impressive (although a slight Achilles notch would have helped) and the soles felt puncture-proof if not quite as protective of underfoot detritus as something like the New Balance Trail Minimus.

  • 82 / 100 | Another Runner | | Level 2 expert

    Obviously, I already like a few things about the Trailroc 235. The shoes fit very well right out of the box. They're not the lightest shoes in my closet. But, that's not overly important to me. They're light enough. And, they look good, too.

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  • The Inov-8 Trailroc 235 comes with an updated outer sole. The outsole was designed to deliver a reliable grip while running on different terrains. The lug pattern is also reliable while running on wet or soft terrains.

The Trailroc 235 is available in standard running shoe size. The forefoot gives a medium fit as well as the heel and the toe box. It accommodates those with medium foot measurements. It is available in standard B with for women’s version and D for men’s version.

The outsole of the Trailroc 235 features a moderate aggressive lug pattern that delivers a reliable grip on varied terrain. With the Tri-C compound along with the three different outsole rubbers, this shoe gives excellent grip on different surfaces and enhanced durability especially on high wear areas. The sticky rubber compound delivers optimal grip on wet conditions and improved endurance. The Tri-C element is also used in the Trailroc 285 running shoe.

The shoe uses the injected EVA foam that delivers not only a resilient cushioning but also with maximum memory retention. It also features the Zero Arrow Shoc-Zone that delivers minimal underfoot cushioning and it gives zero heel-to-toe drop for a barefoot experience.

The Inov-8 Trailroc 235 features a synthetic mesh upper that delivers lightweight construction. It is delivers maximum breathability. The TPU lacing system gives added support while offering a secure and comfortable fit. Added support in the forefoot made possible by the Met-Cradle and it also gives a secure fit.


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