Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the runners were highly appreciative of the shoe’s comfortable feel.
  • The Gore-Tex® material worked incredibly in keeping the foot dry while running on wet conditions, said some runners.
  • Several users admired the reliable grip of the Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX, especially on technical terrains.
  • According to a few wearers, the shoe is very flexible.
  • A couple of runners stated that the shoe felt agreeably light.
  • A user mentioned that the shoe required no break-in time; it was comfortable from the moment it was first used.
  • A few purchasers approved of the cleat-cut construction of the shoe, which provided ankle support on uneven surfaces.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe’s price was perceived to be slightly expensive.
  • A few wide-footed runners were disappointed by the shoe’s narrow toe-box.

Bottom line

Generally, the Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX is a reliable trail running shoe for neutral runners. The breathable Gore-Tex® especially got positive remarks for providing foot protection while running on wet surfaces. Overall, testers wrote that the shoe was able to give a good combination of comfort, durability, flexibility, ankle support, and traction.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The upper of the Roclite 325 GTX features a breathable and durable Gore-Tex® material. This extra layer provides the foot with waterproof coverage, especially while running in wet conditions.
  • The Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX provides better shock absorption and energy return because of the presence of the PowerFlow midsole technology. It delivers reliable cushioning for a more responsive ride.
  • The outsole unit of this shoe also features the Tri-C rubber compound. It delivers a good blend of traction and durability while running on unpredicted surfaces. The moderately aggressive lug pattern also gives added traction, especially when it comes to upward and downward traversals.

The GTX version of the Roclite 325 has a standard running shoe length. For both the men and women’s versions, the available width is medium. The standard measurement in the forefoot, mid-foot, and heel offers a comfortable fit for runners with a medium foot-shape.

The outsole of the Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX utilizes the Tri-C sticky rubber compound. It is engineered from three different outsole rubbers to provide durability in high-wear areas. It also provides reliable grip on various terrains. 

The shoe has a moderately aggressive lug pattern that provides enhanced traction while running on hard-packed trails and varied surfaces.

The Roclite 325 GTX uses the two-piece PowerFlow midsole technology, which provides high-energy return and reliable shock absorption for an improved running experience. Compared to the standard foam units that are placed in most running shoes on the market, the PowerFlow delivers 15% energy return and 10% better shock absorption.

Integrated into the midsole is the Second-Generation Meta-Shank that is strategically placed from the midfoot to the forefoot. It follows the natural shape of the foot and offers flexibility while giving added underfoot protection.

The Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX has a cleat-cut construction that provides ankle support for uneven terrain.

The upper of the shoe features is the durable Gore-Tex® membrane. It is a lightweight and breathable material that provides the foot a waterproof coverage, keeping the foot dry while running on wet surfaces.

For a more comfortable and adaptive fit, the shoe utilizes the AdapterWeb Met-Cradle that adapts to the natural shape and movement of the foot.

The shoe also utilizes the reliable X-LOCK System that holds the heel securely for an enhanced fit and added support.

The presence of the rubber toe cap gives added durability while keeping the toes well-protected from bruising on trails.

Lastly, the Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX has a lace-up closure and gusseted tongue that offers an enhanced fit and overall comfort. The integrated gusseted tongue is also designed to keep the debris out of the shoe.


How Inov-8 Roclite 325 GTX ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 27% trail running shoes
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Bottom 17% Inov-8 running shoes
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Bottom 32% waterproof running shoes
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