Our View - Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX Mens:
The Inov-8 Roclite range has been a hugely popular range since its introduction and this year it has seen a complete overhaul and in our opinion for the better.
The Roclite 305 GTX provides exceptional comfort and cushioning thanks to the new Inov-8 POWER FLOW two-piece cushioning midsole that is claimed to absorb shock 10% better than standard midsoles and return 15% more energy meaning you will run in more comfort and with more efficiency. The 8mm heel to toe drop provides a stable and accommodating feel and with 22.5mm of cushioning in the heel and 14.5mm in the Forefoot there is plenty of protection without the loss of ground feel when moving over technical terrain. Built on Inov-8’s Standard last the Roclite 305 GTX has a slightly wider toebox to allow your feet to spread naturally and maximise comfort during longer outings when the feet tend to swell slightly.
The upper materials and design are also aimed at maximising comfort with durable yet flexible fabrics to reduce the risk of hot spots and friction on the inside of the side. Welded overlays linking the sole unit to the laces ensure a nice secure hold around the midfoot and also provide a tougher material to protect against trail debris. Within this system is a new ADAPTERWEB which allows the tension on the laces to act as a support for the foot without feeling restrictive or compressive. Further enhancing their protective qualities the Roclite 305 GTX features a significant toe bumper with extended randing along the base of the upper to improve durability and reduce injury risk.
The shoes are designed to take on rough terrain and the redesigned outsole emphasises this providing excellent traction on a wide range of surfaces continuing the Roclite’s reputation as being one of the most versatile trail shoes available. Inov-8’s Tri-C rubber compound is exceptional and provides some of the best grip we have found. The multi-directional lugs provide a large contact surface area for impact grip but are spaced adequately to ensure mud is shed quickly too.
The GTX version of the Roclite 305 features a Gore-Tex membrane throughout the shoe to provide waterproof protection against the elements and provide warmth in cold conditions. We feel that the updated Roclte 305 GTX is an exceptional shoe for trail runners looking for a protective shoe capable of covering big distances on a wide range of terrain in maximum comfort as well as fast hikers looking for a lightweight yet durable shoe to take on adventures.
Specifications - Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX Mens:
- Standard Fit
- 8mm Drop
- 6mm Footbed
- 6mm Deep Lugs
- POWER FLOW Midsole
- 22.5mm Heel Stack
- 14.5mm Forefoot Stack
- 2nd Gen Metashank
- TRI-C STICKY Rubber Sole Compound
- 305g Weight