I got a shout from Inov-8 about the new range, which in a few weeks I should be showing on here in more detail as we’re sorting out a visit, but for now I’ve got the Trailroc 255’s in for test.
I thought I knew what to expect from a pair of Inov-8s, there’s always been certain constants in the trail shoes I’ve had, certainly in the last, but the Trailrocs feel very different on my feet.
The shoe has a lot going on, when I do an update I’ll go into more detail, but the basics are it’s “two arrow” cushioning on here, which is pretty minimal, they’re low to the ground but there’s enough under your foot for comfy backpacking. There’s a 6mm differential, the rise from forefoot to heel, which the highest of the three Trailroc variants, the 235 has 0mm and the 245 having 3mm. You really can dial yourself in these days, the options are many.
The upper is mesh reinforced with some synthetic overlay. The heel has some protection from the same plastic and there’s a big flexible rand around most of the shoe. The sole is well studded and has three compounds in there, so it’ll be interesting to see how wear rate and grip balance out. There’s no heel counter and the whole sole is lovely and flexible.
The shape is what’s really got me on board though, these have the widest forefoot of any Inov-8’s I’ve tried, wide and rounded with room for toes to spread comfortably after many miles. I’m hoping.
In fact, these fit me better than most other Inov-8s in general, the heel cup feels taller and more, er, cupping for want of a better expression.
It’s early days, but I’ve got high hopes and we’ll see what happens.