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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.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 8.3oz
Women: 8.3oz
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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 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 42 ratings

5 star
67%
4 star
2%
3 star
17%
2 star
10%
1 star
5%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • 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 by Caveman Clarke • 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 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • 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 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

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

  • 88 / 100 by Running Monkey • 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 by Another Runner • Ash • 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.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Erik • Level 2 expert

    Even though I have a narrow foot, I found the anatomical fit to allow me to run a little more naturally and get a better feel for the trail.

  • 95 / 100 by Muddy Race • Keith Fairburn • Level 1 expert

    Overall an exciting, attractive and versatile shoe that is perfect for the harder trails or lighter mud.

  • 90 / 100 by Hiking in Finland • Hiking in Finland • Level 1 expert

    Hiking and running in the TrailRoc 235s has been a pleasure. Great grip, lightweight, nice colours, quick-drying - I couldn’t ask for more.

  • 85 / 100 by Optimal Run • Optimal Run • Level 1 expert

    You're gonna have lugs on here that are gonna be good and really grippy, but not so aggressive that if you hit a fire-road or you're gonna have some road running sections that they're cumbersome or really uncomfortable. So, really versatile shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Brandon Shoes • Brandon Shoes • Level 1 expert

    They drain speedily right after river crossings/puddles, appear to be definitely strong, mild, and frequently a pleasure to operate in.

  • 79 / 100 by Brian Williams • Brian Williams • Level 1 expert

    The 235s, you can still do sockless, but it's not quite as nice. You get a lot of superficial hot spots like the top of the toes, rubbing, and arch rubbing… maybe this shoe just isn't made for sockless running.

  • 75 / 100 by Outdoors Father • Gilad Nachmani • Level 1 expert

    Despite the little flaws, it has been surprisingly comfortable for such a minimalist shoe and it had managed to give me what I need to complete my transformation to the “fast and light” style.

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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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.