• Discontinued
  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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
    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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 8.3oz
    Women: 8.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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.
  • A 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.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that it was half-a-size smaller than their usual choices.
  • 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.


Expert Reviews

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Updates to Inov-8 Trailroc 235

  • 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.

Inov-8 Trailroc 235 size and fit

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 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.