Our View - Inov-8 Roclite 290 Mens:
The Roclite 290 has seen an update this year and builds on what has always been a hugely popular shoe for a wide range of people thanks to its versatility and comfort. The new model sees an increase in stability and cushioning which just makes the shoe even better.
The midsole is made from the new POWER FLOW cushioning which is claimed to have 10% more shock absorption and 15% more energy return than standard midsoles. What this translates to is a more cushioned ride with increased efficiency in each stride. The Roclite 290 provides 17.5mm stack in the heel and 13.5mm in the forefoot which is a nice level of cushioning and the 4mm drop equates to a fast feeling shoe with the feel for the ground maintained which is ideal for technical terrain.
Designed for mixed terrain the outsole of the Roclite is exceptionally well thought out and capable of taking on all conditions from wet muddy fells to tarmac. Inov-8 have really found some of the best rubber available in terms of grip and this is evident in the TRI-C rubber which is super sticky whilst also durable in the required places. The 6mm deep claw shaped lugs have been designed specifically to provide a large surface area for initial contact grip whilst being positioned wide enough apart to shed mud quickly and thus maintain your grip.
The Roclite 290 upper is made from lightweight flexible materials that allow your foot to flex freely and prevents rubbing and irritation. The mesh over the toebox is breathable and also releases water quickly if it does get in. Despite being light the Roclite is also durable with a rubber toe bumper to protect from rock impacts aided further by a small but effective rand around the toebox. The hold around the midfoot and heel is excellent thanks to Inov-8’s new ADAPTERWEB system that links the sole unit to the laces for a tension that is secure but not restrictive. The heel hold is achieved via the X-LOCK system that allows you to climb and descend with confidence that your foot is securely held.
The new Roclite 290 is the perfect choice for trail runners looking for a highly versatile shoe that can be used for training and racing over a wide range of surfaces and distances. If you are going to buy one pair of shoes for all conditions this may well be it.
Specifications - Inov-8 Roclite 290 Mens:
- Meidum Fit
- 4mm Drop
- 6mm Footbed
- 6mm Deep Lugs
- POWER FLOW Midsole
- 17.5mm Heel Stack
- 13.5mm Forefoot Stack
- 2nd Gen Metashank
- TRI-C STICKY Rubber Sole Compound
- 290g Weight