Our View - Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX Womens:
Inov-8 have taken everything that was good about the original Roclite range and made it even better! This year the whole range has had an overhaul and the improvements are impressive.
The Roclite 305 GTX is the most cushioned and protective model in the Roclite range offering excellent comfort for trail runs and walks over long distances and multiple terrain. The high levels of cushioning is provided by the Inov-8 POWER FLOW two-piece cushioning midsole which is claimed to absorb shock 10% better than standard midsoles and return 15% more energy. Together this means you will be more efficient and maintain this for long periods of time. The 22.5mm of cushioning in the heel and 14.5mm in the Forefoot provides an 8mm heel to toe drop that is protective but still maintains your feel for the ground over technical terrain.
Comfort is central to the Roclite 305 GTX and being built on the Inov-8 Standard last means it has a slightly wider toebox to allow your foot to function naturally with a toesplay to enhance landing shock absorption and provide propulsion into your next stride. The wider toebox also naturally appeals to those engaging in longer distances where foot swell can be an issue. Despite the wider fit the foot is held securely via the new ADAPTERWEB system which provides a secure hold around the midfoot via a tensioning system from the laces. Overlaying the system is the outer bonded overlays which add durability and an element of support to the foot. Heel hold is good thanks to the X-LOCK system enabling you to tackle the steepest terrain in confidence.
Designed for protection on rough, technical terrain the upper also features a strong rubber toe bumper extending into a long rand around the base. Rocks and other debris will struggle to cause you problems! Although the Roclite 305 GTX is tough and durable, the materials used are also flexible and comfortable allowing the shoe to move with your foot rather than against it.
On technical terrain grip is central to confidence and performance and Inov-8 have perfected this in all the shoes based on what the shoe is aimed at. The Roclite is one of the most versatile trail running shoes available and the outsole reflects this. It is aggressive enough to grip in wet muddy conditions but equally capable on compact trails and even stretches of road. The TRI-C Sticky rubber compound is some of the best gripping rubber available and this is highlighted when conditions turn wet and slippy. The lugs are designed and positioned to provide a large contact area on initial ground contact but spread widely enough to shed mud quickly and effectively to maintain the grip.
The GTX stands for Gore-Tex and this reflects the waterproof membrane that runs throughout the shoe to help keep the foot dry and warm in adverse conditions. The updated Roclte 305 GTX is a great choice for trail runners and fast hikers looking for a durable, waterproof shoe that is highly capable over a wide range of terrain and provides maximum comfort.
Specifications - Inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX Womens:
- 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