Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Natural Fit is a schematic kind that forms an anatomical design to enhance comfort.
  • The Injected EVA allows a plush and adequate underfoot platform on which to rest the foot during idle moments and actual performance noted some runners.
  • The Shoc-Zone employs a low-profile drop from the heel to the toe, essentially taking advantage of a more natural running efficacy.
  • The Meta-Shank Generation 3 offers more underfoot protection for improved confidence on the trails.
  • The Trailroc design on the outsole gives more traction over the unpredictable terrain, according to many runners.
  • The average weight of the Trailroc 255 allows runners to acclimate well to it without worrying that it’ll drag them down.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners experienced the outsole unit get separated from the shoe after only a few uses.
  • The price is slightly expensive.
  • A few felt that it needed more cushioning to add a plusher underfoot experience.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Trailroc 255 is a trail shoe that offers flexible performance and comfort in the off-road paths. Those who need stability are going to enjoy this one because it cradles the midfoot adequately. Given the praises and negative comments, Inov-8 still needs to improve some aspects of the shoe to fully get the approval of the majority.

Facts

Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | iRunFar | | Level 4 expert

    The Inov-8 255 is my favorite long distance offering from the company and I will continue to keep this shoe in the regular rotation for some time.

  • 65 / 100 | Minimalist Running Shoes | | Level 4 expert

    It may have too much protection for non-technical trails or flat trails but for cross country training, it is fine. For racing, I would definitely prefer a lighter and lower to the ground model

  • 78 / 100 | Rise to It | Level 2 expert

    The sole is ideal on loose and eroded trails where it will bite down while still dispersing impact efficiently on the harder trail surfaces.

  • 95 / 100 | A Run Through The Woods | | Level 1 expert

    My overall impression is that I'm definitely a fan of the shoes and I think they're a great fit for some of the tougher mountain terrain.

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  • The Inov-8 Trailroc 255 features a meta-shank rock plate that is located in the midfoot, protecting the metatarsal heads against stone bruising and sharp rocks. With this hardened rubbers, runners are keep protected while running on rough terrain.
  • It comes with a medium sized lug pattern. This purpose-specific rubber delivers a versatile traction and enhanced durability.
  • The shoe also comes with an enhanced upper and a wider forefoot that offers more room for toe splay. The anatomic fit of the shoe follows the natural shape of the foot for a more comfortable running experience.

The Trailroc 255 is available in standard running shoe length. It comfortably accommodates those with medium foot shape and measurements. It comes with a wider forefoot and medium midfoot and heel area. It is available in standard running shoe width.


The Trailroc 255 features a reliable outsole that comes with a moderately aggressive lug pattern that delivers an impressive grip on hard packed trails and other terrain. It works perfectly with the shoe’s Tri-C compound that delivers impressive grip on wet conditions.

Hard and sticky rubber compound are also strategically placed in the outsole for maximum performance, excellent grip on wet conditions and enhanced endurance. The endurance rubber also gives added durability and grip especially on mixed terrain.


The midsole of the shoe uses the injected EVA midsole foam that delivers resilient cushioning and optimal memory retention. It also features the brand’s 2-Arrow Shoc-Zone that delivers a moderate underfoot cushioning. The Meta-Shank extends from the midfoot to the forefoot and it delivers flexible underfoot impact protection for a much enjoyable ride.


The Inov-8 Trailroc 255 features a synthetic mesh upper that delivers lightweight and breathable coverage. The TPU lacing system gives added support while offering a secure and comfortable fit. The Met-Cradle gives support for the forefoot and secure fit.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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