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.
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WeightMen: 9ozWomen: 8.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
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 heightMen: 22mmWomen: 22mm
Forefoot heightMen: 16mmWomen: 16mm
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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82 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
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.
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
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.
The sole is ideal on loose and eroded trails where it will bite down while still dispersing impact efficiently on the harder trail surfaces.
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.
- 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.