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- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
- For running on multiple terrains.
- Superior trail traction II: Using three sticky rubber compounds on the outsole increases grip and durability. The hardest, most durable rubber is on the heel, with a medium rubber up the center for increased traction.
- Run fast with confidence: Weighing just 290g and with a 4mm drop, this is a flexible and responsive shoe that allows quick running while still delivering protection, support and comfort.
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Our lightest, most flexible ROCLITE shoe is designed for running quickly over multi terrains. Delivering a responsive ride and high levels of durability, it’s perfect for moving fast and with confidence over everything from wet mountain rock to muddy grass, hard-packed trails and roads.
Based in "England's last wilderness," the North Pennines, inov-8 is a British company that is passionate about specialist off-road running products and creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear on the market. Since the company's launch in 2003, it has become one of the fastest growing off-road running brands in the United States. From the footwear to the hydration packs, inov-8 products are created to complement the natural functions of human body biomechanics. Inov-8 designs its athletic gear to meet the demands of various environments and terrains at a peak level of performance. The comfort and durability of inov-8 products is what makes this brand a top-quality choice for the high-performance athlete and the recreational user alike.
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B01IK1MVTS
- Item model number: RocliteTM 290-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
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1. NOT STANDARD FIT
Even thought they are listed as Inov-8's classic "standard" fit, the mid-foot is much more narrow than X-talon 200 or Race Ultra 270. In order to decrease the hot spots on the outsides of my feet, I had to size up. Normally I wear an 11 to 11.5, but in the Roc Lite 290's I had to go up to a size 12, and they still feel narrow. I am actually returning them because even in the larger size, they hurt the sides of my feet, and my heel slips more. I thought about a 12.5, but I am fairly certain my heel would then just pop out.
From what Inov-8 tells me, the Roclite 290's are made on a new footbed last, that falls in between the "precision" and "standard" fits. It is definitely more roomy than precision, but not as wide comfortable as standard. Inov-8 really should call this a medium fit.
2. DOES NOT QUICKLY DRAIN WATER
Inov-8 states this is a true multi-terrain shoe, which is the main reason I got them. BUT, due to the extra protection around the toe and along the sides, and the close knit fabric....all which do protect against rocks and moisture getting into shoe, water can not easily get out. I really wanted these to work for training and OCR's, especially on dry hard packed courses often found in the South East with swamps, bogs and streams. I have not tested this theory, my gut tells me these will become bricks when wet (let alone muddy), and keep water pooling in the shoe as there are no drain ports. To me, these are DRY terrain only, not Multi-Terrain.
Now, the upper is super solid, and would likely keep things out of the shoe and appears to be very durable. But due to added protection and the close knit fabric, they don't breathe very well. My feet get hot fast.
4. NO GUSSETED TONGUE
What really blows my mind, these do not have a gusseted tongue. They have a standard old-skool running shoe tongue that is NOT sewn into the shoe. This padded tongue 1) slides around as I run causing uncomfortable hot spots on top of feet... And 2) lets in debris.
I love Inov-8s, and would love to have the RocLite 290 traction appear on low-drop model with true "standard" wide fit like the Terraclaw 220, Trailtalon 250, or even the X-talon 200 frame.
Overall, if you have a narrower foot, are in cooler environments, avoid water and don't mind the non-trail tongue with stuff getting into your shoe, this is a great shoe. Just does not work for my needs, nor do I feel is properly described by Inov-8 as a "standard fit multi-terrain" shoe.
Fit: Good arch support and heel cup. The upper is also not too high so if hugs the foot well: although there is room around the toes, I didn't notice fore/aft motion of the foot inside the shoe. That point is important personally as otherwise blisters are more frequent as a result of running downhill.
Traction: Really impressed by the cleats/studs. It has handled everything on that run: rocks, mud, roots, all of that on steep sections, and I've more confident than with any other shoe before. I did slip on a couple slick roots, but it was more of a footing mistake than due to the shoe.
Protection: I was concerned about the mid-sole because it seemed on the thinner side (13.5mm in the front) but it did amazingly well. My feet were not sore at all after the run (cant say the same about the quads!). Stepped on quite a few rocks and didn't feel a thing, or rather, I felt that the shoe handled them well.
Durability: I rinsed the shoes and let them dry after use, and they look like I haven't worn them. It's only one run, but still encouraging.
The only negative is that the front upper is padded mesh, which tends to absorb water. I suppose the mesh helps with breath-ability in hot/dry weather, but I wish the material was a bit more like the sides (water-repellent coating). The shoe did take some time to dry at home, and although it got wet during the run it didn't bother me at all.
I think these shoes are good for some hiking and casual trail running but not sure yet how they could hold during a race (short distance should be fine)
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Good gripping sole, great for easy hikes or beginning trail running.