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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: 8.6oz
Women: 8.6oz
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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • An upper unit that is made of synthetic materials and TPU keeps the feet secure observed a few testers.
  • Most runners have welcomed the design that lets them experience a more natural movement when tackling the trails.
  • Injected EVA makes up the low profile mid-sole of the Trailroc 245 for responsive support.
  • The Meta-Shank Generation III is a unit that aligns with the metatarsals of the foot for impact protection and flexibility.
  • The Tri-C compound in the outsole unit offers protection, durability and traction over rougher surfaces.
  • The Trailroc 245 has a lightweight nature for a trail shoe that has many features.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It has a high price.
  • Some runners have experienced the upper ripping after a few uses.
  • Those who have wide feet may have a hard time getting comfortable wearing this shoe for long sessions because it’s a bit narrow.

Bottom line

The Trailroc 245 from Inov-8 is a dependable trail running shoe that offers plenty of service for those who need it. It’s protective and comfortable to wear. The neutral runners are the ones who are going to get a great time wearing this efficient trail shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 80 ratings

5 star
59%
4 star
21%
3 star
5%
2 star
6%
1 star
9%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 72 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    Characterized as "naked" feeling by some, the Trailroc 245 was a hit among testers for its traction, control and flexibility.

  • 83 / 100 by Running Monkey • Running Monkey • Level 3 expert

    The 245s are wonderfully light on the feet, coming in at 245g (UK 8), so if you are looking for a top-end trail shoe that doesn’t compromise protection for the sake of bulk and helps take that step closer to the toe-strike of barefoot, these are highly recommended.

  • 83 / 100 by Competitor Running • Competitor Running • Level 3 expert

    There’s no two ways about it, this shoe offers a “barely there” ride. A thin, flexible forefoot plate provides a little bit of structure (and protection) to this otherwise soft and completely pliable shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Andrew Bentley • Level 3 expert

    The Trailroc 245 is a very versatile shoe and I really like it but as with all Inov-8 models, I would encourage you to carefully consider both type of terrain you are going to use them on and your personal preference for cushioning, drop and protection before deciding which model to buy.

  • 100 / 100 by Rise to It • Rise to It • Level 2 expert

    Not only a standout trail running shoe, it has raised the bar very, very high when it comes to trail running gear.

  • 91 / 100 by Dirt on Your Skirt • Margaret • Level 2 expert

    It is an extremely versatile shoe that transitions from dirt roads, to the toughest of trails with ease.

  • 88 / 100 by Triathlete Europe • Triathlete Europe • Level 2 expert

    The Trailroc 245 offers a good balance of comfort, cushioning and protection while offering a more natural and responsive ride compared to most off-road shoes we have tested.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Shaun Luther • Level 1 expert

    This was a light minimalist shoe with a pretty aggressive sole.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Kyle Zeuch • Level 1 expert

    Fit and comfort were excellent, and the shoe wrapped around the foot nicely.

  • 79 / 100 by A Run Through The Woods • Chris Payton • Level 1 expert

    The overall feel of the shoes was very impressive, with the anatomic last providing a very comfortable outline for the foot box.

  • 74 / 100 by Gear Exposure • Ben • Level 1 expert

    I find them really ideal for hiking, which I do more often than trail running.

  • 72 / 100 by Runner's World • Bill Buchanan • Level 1 expert

    The Trail Roc 245 is great on rocky and technical trails.

  • 70 / 100 by GoMulti • Deon Braun • Level 1 expert

    At the end of that long nose, the toe protector is disappointing for a shoe that should otherwise thrive in rocky conditions.

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Updates to Inov-8 Trailroc 245

  • The Inov-8 Trailroc 245 features the reliable Tri-C compound that is made from three different rubbers placed in the outsole of the shoe. These rubber compounds are designed to deliver maximum grip, durability and added flexibility.
  • The midsole of the shoe uses an injected EVA that is designed to deliver reliable cushioning. The cushioning is enough to give protection while promoting a responsive ride.

Inov-8 Trailroc 245 size and fit

The Trailroc 245 has a standard running shoe length. It provides a snug fit in the heel area and it has a roomy toe box that accommodates toe splay. It can accommodate runners with wider foot. Inov-8 is offering the shoe in medium D and B widths for men’s and women’s versions.


Outsole

The shoe features the notable Inov-8 Tri-C outsole technology that is made from different types of rubber strategically placed in different areas for different reasons. The hard sticky rubber is placed in high wear areas while the soft rubber is placed in the arch and toe areas. This outsole compound delivers a good combination of durability, protection and resiliency.


Midsole

The midsole of the Trailroc 245 uses the injected EVA that is extended in the entire midsole area. It is designed to deliver a comfortable underfoot protection and works perfectly with the removable insole.


Upper

The breathable quality of the upper is made possible by the synthetic material that covers the entire upper of the shoe. The Trailroc 245 having a wider toe box has also been brought by the Anatomic Last technology, which adapts to the natural shape and form of the wearer’s foot to provide more and more comfort the longer the run goes.