Inov-8 Trailroc 255

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This new British company is making strides in the United States with their revolutionary trail running shoes. Created in 2003, Inov has come a long way in the trail running industry, making a name for itself as a top seller with their off-road shoes. The Inov-8 Trailroc 255, stand up to the test when it comes to trucking through some rugged terrain. Trail running can provide runners with some of the most beautiful scenery but can also be accompanied by injuries due to the wrong shoes; the Trailroc 255’s by Inov, may just be your solution to tackling the unbeaten path and exploring without fret of slipping or discomfort. So if you are looking for a shoe built for some tough terrain, look no further!

Pros
  • Fast drying ability
  • Lightweight compared to competing trail running shoes
  • Great grip on wet, dry, flat or uneven terrain
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Fast break-in time
Cons
  • Shoe is slightly narrow (Definitely size up if you have wider feet or prefer a little extra room)
  • Reinforced toe sometimes frays
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsoles of these shoes are composed of Tri-C compound, meaning there are 3 different rubbers that make up the outsole to provide optimal grip. This endurance rubber covers the entire bottom of the shoe is small, almost spike like, squares to give runners the confidence to take on any terrain without fear of falling or slipping. Runners reported that the grip on these shoes were absolutely phenomenal. Whether the terrain was wet, dry or even muddy, the traction kept each stride flowing into the next.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

EVA cushioning lines the midsole of this shoe. With memory retention foam to rest your foot in for a soft, yet supporting, fit every time. The Trailroc 255’s provide a neutral arch support to allow for a more natural feel to resemble the runners own foot. The midsole also has a meta-shank rock plate to protect the metatarsals from uneven surfaces, like rocks and gravel, on trail runs. Runners noted that the cushioning in these shoes provided comfort and protection, even during long distance runs.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Translucent synthetic overlays, line the side of the upper part of these Inov’s and covered almost fully in a lightweight mesh that allows for ideal breathability when running through puddles and mud. A reinforced toe adds to protection of the toes and extra support of the shoe. TPU lacing gives the shoe a tighter fit, to form better around the upper part of the foot, many runners noted this feature is useful when doing off-course or mud runs to prevent the shoe from slipping off.
Weight
Weight

Weight

While trail shoes are often accommodated with a little extra weight due to the design and features they offer; these Trialroc 255’s have found a way to shed these extra ounces and give runners a lightweight run. Runners reported these shoes were some of the lightest trail shoes they had foun, even when they were wet the shoes did not feel heavy. With men’s shoes weighing 9 oz and women’s 8 oz, these shoes won’t drag you through the mud.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Running through water, puddles, or mud? No problem with these fast drying shoes with incredible drain ability. The breathable mesh that overlay the upper of these Trailroc 255’ s push or water for a comfortable run without prolonged sloshing of water in your shoe. Consumers said on average it only took about 5-10 minutes for their shoes to feel completely dried out after completely submerging their feet in water.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

These shoes were highly noted for their comfort for running lost distance on tough terrain. Long-distance runners raved about the perfect cushioning and even traction the shoe provided while running distances up to 12 miles without discomfort. When the Inov – 8 Trailroc 255’s were compared to other Inov-8’s, they were described as a mush softer and smoother ride than other shoes in the line. However, many did comment that the shoes do run slightly narrow and for those who prefer a little more wiggle room or wear wider size, runners should definitely order a size wide.
Style
Style

Style

These modest, yet sleek, trail running shoes are ideal for the minimalist runner looking for a subtle shoe. With a variety of colors like black, blue, grey and purple, all with a simple splash of color and sporting the Inov-8 logo on the side, these low-key looking running shoes will match with anything. The darker colors are also a bonus because running on trails can get dirty in a hurry, so having a darker color can keep shoes from looking too worn and dull.
Durability
Durability

Durability

If you are constantly running through mud and water, on rocks and uneven terrain
, or through an obstacle trail course you need shoes that are going to go the distance with you. These Trailroc 255’s do not disappoint when it comes to durability. Consumers stated they easily put up to 500 miles on rough courses and the shoes held up extremely well. Many reviewers stated they took these shoes on some of the toughest terrain there was and were pleasantly surprised about how long these shoes lasted.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Run at ease knowing that these shoes will provide you with the optimal protection while running through bumpy terrain. The memory foam cushioning that lines the insole of the shoe offers effective dispersion of impact throughout the foot on uneven terrain. While the meta-shank rock plate in the midsole protects the metatarsals against rocky gravel. The reinforced toe also adds a little extra protection to the toes when kicking up rock-strewn paths.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The cushioning of these Trailrocs is infused with EVA technology, which allows for a good bounce back of energy with each step. While the responsiveness is not one of the key features of this shoe it was also not a complaint. The other qualities, such as the traction, breathability and lightness of the shoe seem to outweigh this quality.
Support
Support

Support

Delivering seamless protection from uneven terrain, the Trailrocs are very form fitting to the foot for a natural feel. The TPU lacing allows for tighten or loosening of the shoe for individual needs. With a neutral arch support, that seems to please most people who use this shoe. Most runners felt the cushioning was the ideal combination of firm and supportive yet still soft and comfortable. As for the support of the outsole, just the look of the rubber grips speaks for themselves. The amount of traction these shoes get protect runners from slips and slides when conditions get difficult.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Anything bumpy, muddy or rocky will suit these Trailroc’s. They were crafted with the sole purpose of being on trails and made to endure the beating. There was a wide array of terrain runners reported running, from mountains, dessert, wooded trails, and rocky paths, these shoes powered through them all. So if off-road running is your passion these shoes could be love at first run!
Price
Price

Price

The price of these shoes ranges from $115-127. This is an average price for running shoes and these shoes seem to be well worth the money if you are looking for a pair shoes for trails. When running on uneven surfaces it is important to have shoes that are built to handle the terrain to assist in preventing injuries, so while some runners thought the price was slightly high, it is worth it to have proper shoes for your running needs.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Wet or dry, smooth or bumpy, these shoes can handle it all. The Trailroc 255’s were commended for their ability to handle all types of running environments with the perfect amount of traction. The outsoles of the shoes are made with three different types of endurance rubber to allow athletes to conquer trail with ease. The small rubber traction cubes protrude from the bottom of the shoe to prevent slipping, thus helping to preventing injuries. Many runners found these shoes to be their go-to for obstacle trail races, stating that nothing on the obstacle course could stop these shoes!
Drop
Drop

Drop

With a 6 mm drop, the Inov-8 Trailroc 255's have a low profile to most closely resemble the natural drop of the foot.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• EVA cushioning

• Tri-compound rubber outsole, made of three different endurance rubber for incredible traction

• Perfect for long distance, training, or every day running

• Fast drying mesh

• Long-lasting

• Third generation Meta-Shank ensures natural movement with rock protection
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

These shoes are begging to be taken on the unbeaten path, you know that wooded trail down the street or that mountainous terrain that is calling your name. Take these shoes out through a tough trail with a smooth ride. Theses Inov-8 Trailroc 255’s were made with an off-road specialty in mind. If you are in search of the perfect shoe for rough terrain, you may have reached the end of your search. With so many positive aspects, like the outsole made of Tri-compound rubber for astounding traction, fast drying upper mesh, and a lightweight feel, Inov-8 has definitely figured out what trail runners want and put it in this Trailroc 255 shoe!