Who should  buy the Inov-8 Trailroc G 280

You will love the Inov-8 Trailroc G 280 if:

  • You want a reliable shoe to partner with your off-trail to road adventures
  • You want a supportive, durable shoe designed for runners with a neutral gait

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The durable outsole of the Inov-8 Trailroc G 280

The outsole unit of the Inov-8 Trailroc G 280 is made of graphene, a material that is touted to be one of the most durable in the market of outsoles. The purpose of this layer is to shield the midsole form the abrasive nature of the trails. It is also meant to last long and perform optimally, even after many uses.

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Traction nodes pockmark the external pad. These semi-prominent protrusions act like claws that clamp onto irregular trail surfaces. They have flat ends to help the runner transition to the roads at any time.

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Meta-Flex™ is a groove near the forefoot section that makes the platform more adherent to the bending of the foot during the gait cycle. The toe-off benefits the most from this feature because it is the point where the toe joints bend.

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Experience enhanced energy on forefoot lifts with the Inov-8 Trailroc G 280

POWERFLOW+ serves as the midsole unit of this product. This technology is touted to provide 10% better shock absorption and a 25% increase of energy during the forefoot lifts than the industry-standard cushioning systems.

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META-PLATE is a layer between the midsole and outsole that is tasked with protecting the foot against stone bruising and exposure to jagged surfaces. This plate is flexible enough to follow the natural motion of the foot as it goes through the heel-to-toe cycle.

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Breathable yet secured coverage with the Inov-8 Trailroc G 280

The upper unit of the Inov-8 Trailroc G 280 is made of a seamless mesh. This feature is designed to wrap the foot and keep it secure at all times. The open pores and grid-like structure of the netting are elements that encourage breathability. Open-mesh uppers grace many products like the Nike Downshifter line.

Inov-8 Trailroc G 280 mesh

The toe bumper of this product has been welded onto the textile. The add-on acts as a barrier against trail debris, thus maintaining a pain-free off-road traversal.

Inov-8 Trailroc G 280 toebump

Printed overlays permit the foot to remain secure while inside the foot-chamber. In-shoe wobbling and accidental shoe removals are prevented by this accouterment.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 9.9oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 20mm
Heel height: 28mm

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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.