Our View - Inov-8 Trailroc 285 Mens:
The long-awaited re-launch of an absolute Inov-8 classic! The all new Trailroc 285 is seriously worth the wait, a truly brilliant all-rounder.
Designed with mixed terrain running in mind the Inov-8 Trailroc has a preference for harder packed surfaces but is quite capable of taking on road, mud, grass and all. The new version of the Trailroc provides significantly more protection than its predecessor with more support and comfort on rocky, technical terrain.
A full length Dynamic Fascia Band rock plate adds further protection some sharp, protruding objects underfoot and the Heel 21.5mm of Heel and 13.5mm of Forefoot cushioning gives a plush yet responsive feel. A
Grip wise the Inov-8 Trailroc 285 provides excellent traction on rock, gravel and mixed terrain thanks to the smaller studs that cover the outsole. The 4mm depth and layout on the sole ensures sufficient grip on the roughest terrain without build-up between them leading to a loss of traction. The large number of studs also means no pressure points on the foot when running of hard packed trails.
The Trailroc is about comfort and protection and the 8mm heel to toe drop is an ideal choice for this mix. The upper has also been designed to protect and support your feet from trail dangers. A robust rubber toe cap protects the toes from rocks and trips and the Met-Cradle+ securely wraps around the midfoot to keep the foot locked down which is a real bonus when traversing technical terrain, as well as providing mild support to the arch.
All in all the new Inov-8 Trailroc 285 is a really good update to a classic and meets its aims perfectly being a really comfortable off-road trail running shoe with bags of potential to take you anywhere you could want to go.
Specifications - Inov-8 Trailroc 285 Mens:
- More protection for long miles
- Ideal for hard, rocky trails
- Comfort and support
- Fit - Medium
- Drop - 8mm
- Footbed - 6mm POWER FOOTBED
- Lug Depth - 4mm
- Midsole - POWER FLOW+
- Midsole Stack - Heel 21.5mm / Forefoot 13.5mm
- Shank - 5th Gen Metashank
- Sole Compound - TRI-C STICKY
- Product Weight - 285g / 10oz