Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Some of the runners commented that the Inov 8 ROCLITE 345 GTX is comfortable.
  • According to several testers, the foot stayed warm and dry throughout the run.
  • Based on reviews, the shoe provided excellent traction on ice and snow.
  • One of the users noted that the 345 GTX offers enough foot protection.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several buyers said that the Inov 8 ROCLITE 345 GTX runs small.
  • The shoe strings of the shoe are too thin, according to a purchaser.
  • A reviewer said that it feels too stiff.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX has gained the approval of many because of its excellent traction, especially on slippery and snowy running surfaces. Although some of them had issues with its size, shoelaces, and stiffness others still lauded the shoe because of how comfortable it feels throughout the run. Overall, the Roclite 345 GTX is a good option for those who are looking for a grippy, waterproof running shoe.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated hiking shoe
A top rated Inov-8 hiking shoe

Expert Reviews

89 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 |

    Trekking with the Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX

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    As a rookie to the trekking scene, I was keen to try out this innovative hiking and running boots.

    You've seen the hype, now it's time to enjoy the feeling of a very well thought out trekking and running boot. It is built for comfort, technical terrain, and classy performance.

    On arrival, these looked very narrow. They are a Grade 1 in the Inov-8 width sizing scale.

     

    Fit

    I can't say as I truly appreciated what this meant, but let me tell you what I found out after some research and trails later.
    A Grade 1, suited me as a very normal size 7 ladies street shoe, trying out a size 7.5 UK size was perfect.

    What felt like a very minimal sole, with incredible response and feel for the terrain underfoot also offered a surprising amount of comfort and cushioning. With Goretex outer, everything on these shoes is flexible.

    The detail of a "narrow fit" which might well normally put me off, was an absolute pleasure and a delight for the trail walker, and runners feet.
    Also on arrival, it was incredibly difficult not to notice how lightweight these 345g boots are.

    Weight

    Wow, 345 grams! To put that into perspective, 345grams is two and a half decks of cards. For two shoe, some 81 playing cards in your palm.

    I tried these trekking, running boots out in March, April around the south downs, North Wales, Lancaster and on a working trip to Morocco on multi-terrain, roads, tracks, trails, fell, grass and chalk.

    Outer

    They are made of Goretex breathable mesh. On heading out on a frosty morning they proved to be breathable yet didn’t take on any water. How very refreshing not to have a big shoe on and have dry feet.

    Also taking them through mud and streams, nothing seemed to stick to this shoe, yet my feet remained fresh and dry. To this end, I cannot recommend them enough, and they will be a firm favorite in my bag in the future.

     

     

    For traveling this made life very easy to, weight and smell were really kept to a minimum. Heavenly.

    They also kept my foot cool in the heat of Morocco. Seemingly the shoe for all occasions, warm or cool.

    Lacing

    The laces on the latest batch of Inov-8 seem at first glance to be very slim lined.

    Hoping desperately they were not going to be elasticated and hold my foot too tightly, or worse still stretch on every wear.

    Yet again another worry was put to bed. The laces are not stretchy and the eyes are made from a flexible material that allows the foot to move freely and flex, never once feeling inhibited.

     

     

    The laces carry on further up the ankle and give a nice degree of support to the joint, working hand in hand with the contouring design of the top of the boot.

    That didn’t rub at all on the ankle over a short period or for three days trekking.

    A firm close fit was ensured through the mud as well as over flint and roots.

    Sole

    The inner sole has a cushioned ride, power flow midsole.

    With a drop of 8mm and a footbed of 6mm, the midsole stack of 16mm /8mm feels like a lot less when attached to the graphene-enhanced G Grip outer sole.

    The footbed was so comfortable I wouldn’t even begin to hesitate to wear these on a multi-day event.

    Grip

    In true Inov-8 style, the grip did not disappoint. The G Grip triangular grips, I’ve gotten to know, release the mud, dirt, sticks, and stones that like to try and collect in the grips of normal shoes.

    Offering superior grip on steep ascents and moss-covered descents on the mountainous terrain of the mole valley hills through bracken and lose scree. 

    Opinion

    My opinion on these shoes really cemented on heading to the hills in North Wales and Lancaster while weight bearing ascending and descending jogging with a 10kg weighted vest, up some of the steepest hills I have had the pleasure of trekking over.

    Through three days, they proved themselves to be sure footed and lightweight over any terrain. It took a little while for me to get used to the idea of running in an ankle high boot but they never once rubbed. Even after three days out and about.

    I wish I’d known about these sooner, to be honest, I’ve raved about them since my return.

    Ankle support

    Tabbing and weight bearing while trekking over 16k of multi-terrain gave me the very best idea on just how these respond and support the ankle.

    I wanted to understand what the ankle boot could truly offer, and they without a shadow of a doubt, performed. My ankles felt safe, my step felt secure and there was no movement what so ever.

    Over three days, they performed and gave me exactly the same enjoyment as they did the first day.

    Wear

    I’m going to be wearing these when I’m 100 if they carry on the way they have started!

    Downsides

    If I was going to point any slight hindrance out, it would be you have to loosen the laces right off every time you take the boots on and off. This could be because of the handy flexible eyes the laces weave through.

    Also, if anyone was looking to wear these on a mandatory boot event, it is worth noting the lace eyes only come up one eye, possibly two of the ankle joint.

    I’m aware some people prefer to have two to three above the ankle joint to truly offer support when weight bearing.

    Conclusion

    The grip has performed time and time again through sticky mud, water, frost, hills, mountains, and some serious ascent and descents through into firm fast ground on scree.

    Without a doubt, the lightweight attributes this shoe has is a huge bonus to the trekking world and is incredibly quick drying and durable.

    They ooze confidence and open the door to running while in a supported boot without fear of clipping stones or roots in a heavier boot.

     

     

    The price tag seems incredibly reasonable for a boot that is going to last a long time, with no wear whatsoever visible over either of the shoes.

    On a side note, traveling with these was incredibly easy, they pack well, weight nothing, smell as good as they did on arrival and hold no water while giving air to the foot and allowing the foot to breathe all day long.

    I’d take these anywhere with total confidence and encourage anyone else to try running in a supported trekking boot too. They have changed how I view a trekking boot and my idea on trekking as a whole. 

  • 88 / 100 |

    Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX - A lightweight trail running shoe and hiking boot crossover

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    The Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX is the perfect combination of lightweight, low profile cushion, aggressive traction, and moderate support, all in a waterproof package. This shoe is a great hiking boot for primarily trail runners, and a great trail running shoe for primary hikers.

    Overall, this is a very comfortable and practical shoe, though Inov-8 could definitely improve a couple of aspects in the next iteration. 

     

     

    This review will examine ten important aspects of the Roclite 345 GTX.

    Traction

    The Roclite 345 GTX is an aggressive trail running/hiking shoe. The outsole consists of a slab of lightweight yet durable carbon rubber, which features deep multidirectional lugs.

    These lugs securely bite into mud and snow. The rubber is not sticky enough to provide traction on sheer ice, but it will bite into any surface with any amount of giving. 

    Cushion

    The Roclite 345 GTX has a relatively thin midsole. The midsole is made of a lower density and softer cushion, so despite the thickness, the Roclite is still adequately cushioned.

     

     

    The softer midsole comes at the expense of protection. When running and hiking on rocky terrain, every sharp rock can be felt through the midsole.

    The midsole does not feature a rock plate to compensate for this, which allows for more ground feel. A ride that some feel is more natural, and others feel is uncomfortable. 

    Comfort

    Overall, the Roclite is a moderately comfortable shoe. The outsole provides enough traction to prevent uncomfortable slipping.

    The midsole is soft and comfortable on terrain, which is a little less rugged, and the upper is lightweight and streamlined for a hiking boot. Therefore, it cannot provide the same amount of plush cushion that a heavier shoe could, but I am still happy to venture in this shoe all day.

    There is some Goretex stitching in the heel area, which was a little uncomfortable. The inner lining of the shoe is not soft at all; I have to wear socks to prevent hotspots and blisters.

     

     

    Another issue with the comfort of the shoe is that the laces don’t hold my feet in the right places to prevent my feet from sliding forward and jamming the front of the shoe when descending steep terrain.

    A final issue with the comfort is that the shoe does not feature a substantial toe bumper, so my toes often bash the front when I hit a rock. These aspects need to be improved in future iterations of the shoe.

    None of these issues are catastrophic but could be improved. 

    Waterproof

    One of the biggest advantages of Roclite is the Gore-Tex liner. Gore-Tex is a membrane-permeable by air (but not by water), which provides both waterproofing and breathability.

     

     

    My feet stay dry when walking through streams, snow, mud, and wet grass. Beware, rainwater will still enter the top of the boots, and it drains much more slowly.

    These boots are best paired with waterproof gaiters for complete waterproofing. The upper also does not allow any debris to enter the shoe, which is fantastic.

    Breathability

    The Roclite is impressively breathable, considering the Gore-Tex lining. My feet never heated up too much, but I also never used the shoe in the hottest summer months.

    This shoe will never be as breathable as similar shoes without the Gore-Tex liner, so it is a tradeoff between wet and hot feet.        

    Fit

    The Roclite has a long narrow fit. This shoe is not suited for those with wide feet. This shoe is tricky since the laces don’t hold down the foot very well; it must be exactly the right fit, or else it won’t perform well. Make sure to try on the boot first. 

    Support

    The Roclite is mainly a neutral shoe, though, being a boot, it inherently has some extra stability features.

    There is a slight medial post, which helps with overpronation. Most notably, the boot hugs the ankles providing notable ankle support on uneven terrain. 

    Weight

    As the name suggests, the Roclite 345 GTX weighs 345 grams or 12.17 ounces. This is extremely lightweight for a mid-height boot.

    The part of the upper that rises above the ankle adds considerable weight, so I only use this shoe when I specifically need that feature.

    Protection

    An important aspect of any trail running shoe is the protection it provides your feet. The Roclite is a moderately protective shoe.

    The outsole and midsole provide some protection from underfoot menaces, but it is not substantial. The toe bumper only provides the toes very minimal protection from trail hazards.

    The upper is very strong. I have accidentally stabbed the toebox with my hiking poles many times.

     

     

    Other shoes would break in this situation, but these did not. Although the upper is very tough, my feet still are susceptible to trail hazards since it is so thin.

    Overall, this shoe is lacking in protection but makes up for it with the lightweight design. This shoe is great for those who tread carefully!

    Durability

    The Roclite has exceedingly good quality construction. The outsole rubber is very durable, the upper is very tough, and the midsole is decently durable.

    The midsole will likely wear out before the other aspects of the shoe because lower density foam tends to be less durable. Even still, this shoe will still last around 500 miles, depending on the usage. 

    Conclusion

    Despite all of my gripes with this shoe that I have focused on, this is a very good quality running and hiking shoe that I will likely wear out.

    It could certainly be improved in certain areas. My favorite lightweight hiking boot is the La Sportiva Blade; I would only choose the Roclite 345 GTX in instances where there will be a mixture of trail running and hiking.

    That being said, my pair of Blades is worn out, and I am happy wearing these instead at the moment. For Inov-8 enthusiasts, especially those who love the more minimal shoes such as the Trail Talon 235, and who are looking for a hiking boot, this is a fantastic option.

    For others, this is a shoe definitely worth trying on. The Roclite 345 GTX is quite unique since it has a thinner slab of softer cushioning. Most comparable have much firmer or thicker cushioning.

    If this appeals to you, check it out!

  • 87 / 100 | Outdoors Magic | | Level 1 expert

    So to sum up what we have here is a boot that is perfect for anyone into that faster adventures speed hiking, this is the boot for that.

  • 80 / 100 | Active Traveller | | Level 3 expert

    Overall the Roclite 345's proved to be a good introduction to the world of graphene and Inov-8's hiking footwear, both of which show a lot of promise for the future.

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  • The Inov 8 ROCLITE 345 GTX is a trail running shoe designed for neutral runners. The outsole utilizes the G-Grip material which aims to provide better traction, especially on wet and muddy surfaces. It also offers increased durability to the outer sole.
  • Inov 8 added the ADAPTERWEB in the upper section of the shoe. This design is essential in adapting to the user's changing natural movement and foot shape. The GORE-TEX technology is integrated into the shoe. The purpose of which is to make the platform waterproof, making the runner feel more confident in tackling challenging terrains.
  • A well-cushioned ride is offered by the POWERFLOW midsole. The material is described as a synthetic rubber layer that has two main purposes. These are comfort and protection to the foot.

The Inov 8 ROCLITE 345 GTX is strategically engineered for both wet and dry conditions. With the shoe's upper structure, it is sure to deliver a comfortable fit from start to finish of the activity. The available width options are B - Medium for the women's version and D - Medium for the men's version. The footwear utilizes the standard measurements when it comes to its size as well.

The  Inov 8 Roclite 345 GTX features a Graphene enhanced rubber outsole. It is combined with the 6mm lugs that aim to provide excellent traction on a wide variety of surfaces. This component of the shoe offers additional durability as well.

Along with the rubber outsole is the multi-directional and claw-shaped boots that have a wide contact area. These boots provide enough grip on challenging terrains.

The midsole of the Inov 8 Roclite 345 GTX uses the Power-Flow midsole. This midsole technology aims to provide 10% more shock absorption than the traditional midsole foam.

The synthetic mesh material is used in the Inov 8 Roclite 345 GTX. The goal of which is to cover the foot while keeping it breathable and secured all the time. The material is meant to provide proper ventilation on short and long-distance running sessions.

Utilized in the shoe is the GORE-TEX technology. This waterproof material offers protection to the foot,  keeping it dry even on wet or snowy running condition.

Adapting to the natural movement of the foot is the ADAPTERWEB Cradle. It follows the natural anatomy of the foot, giving runners a comfortable fit.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com