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  • The Inov-8 Roclite 280 comes with enhanced comfort. It comes with an extra amount of cushioning that is designed to deliver underfoot impact protection for long-distance runs. With the shoe’s midsole, runners experience a more comfortable ride.
  • This affordable shoe for running also features the on-the-shoe gaiter clips for an efficient attachment of gaiter to prevent debris from entering the shoe.

The Roclite 280 is available in standard running shoe length and width. The forefoot is wide and the heel and the midfoot are of standard measurements. The shoe is best for those runners with a wider forefoot and those with medium foot measurements.

The outsole of the Roclite 280 uses the sticky rubber material that delivers maximum grip on wet conditions and added durability on high wear areas for more improved performance. The lugged pattern in the sole delivers reliable grip on varied terrain. The Meta-Flex groove strategically located in the forefoot encourages natural forefoot flex for a more comfortable toe-off.

Aside from the standard injected EVA foam that delivers moderate cushioning and flexibility, the shoe uses the brand’s 3 Arrow Shoc-Zone cushioning that delivers maximum underfoot protection. It gives comfort and protection for long-distance runs.

The dynamic Fascia Band from the heel to the forefoot is designed for efficient energy releasing. It acts as a rigid lever arm for a more powerful step and for runners to propel without giving too much effort. The Meta-Shank that is located from the midfoot to the forefoot is designed for added flexibility and impact protection.

The upper of the Inov-8 Roclite 280 features the synthetic mesh cover that delivers a breathable and lightweight coverage. It also features the TPU lacing system that gives added support and a secure fit while running. Lastly, it comes with gaiter pockets that prevent debris from entering the shoe.


How Inov-8 Roclite 280 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 25% trail running shoes
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Bottom 10% Inov-8 running shoes
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Bottom 29% neutral running shoes
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