Roc and roll.
There are miles and miles of trail out there, and the Inov 8 Roclite 295 Standard-Fit Women's Trail Running Shoe is hungry to eat up every last one of them. Designed with moderate support (a 6mm foam footbed, EVA midsole, and metatarsal-hugging Meta-Shank II insert, if you were wondering), this 6mm-drop beauty is designed for long runs and adventure racing, with a Roclite sticky rubber sole with deep treads for grip on loose and wet ground. The toe bumper has been rubberized for an extra shot of durability, and Inov 8 even tossed in gaiter pockets, compatible with Inov 8 Race Ultra gaiters, to keep rocks and sand out of your shoes during those long overnight adventures.
- Synthetic and TPU upper with mesh lining
- EVA midsole
- Foam footbed
- Meta-Shank II technology
- Roclite sticky rubber sole with deep tread
- Rubberized toe bumper
- Gaiter pockets
- 6mm drop
- Item #INV001I
- Q & A
Great for creeks!
Their light weight and fast drying materials make them ideal for scampering across creeks!
Light, comfortable and sexy!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 9.5
I have worn these shoes for a few hundred miles of hiking and moderate running now and I am a huge fan. Theyâre lightweight, comfortable, and as an added bonus they look fantastic whether you're on the trail or transitioning back home!
For me, the fit of the shoe is the best part. I have wide feet and the beginning of a bunion on my right foot which often causes problems for me when trying to find trail runners that fit comfortably. I had no problem fitting into these shoes which feature a nice, wide toe box while still offering great arch support. The lacing system allows for a good, tight fit without any slippage to prevent blisters and rub. That said, if you have narrow feet you may want to consider sizing your shoes down or trying a few other styles to find a pair that fit you just right.
The rubber on the shoes performed very well on wet rock, slippery mud and dusty trails alike. I wore them for a few scrambles and didnât have any complaints about the grip. I have also worn them with gaiters and spikes in the snow and they were equally comfortable and performed well. They also dried quickly when wet and were easy to clean after the muddiest of hikes. They shoes are also incredibly light and packable which is great for trips that require more than one type of footwear which I often find necessary in the snowy, craggy backcountry. The only complaint I have about the tread is that it tends to pick up small rocks on very gravelly trails but any show would do that and it's a problem that's easily solved by a quick break.
My only real complaint about the shoes is the laces. They come with a very thin, stretchy shoelace that didnât feel terribly strong or secure to me though they are very lightweight. I simply replaced those with another pair of laces and feel totally comfortable yarding on them to lace the shoes up nice and tight!
In sum, they are a great pail of trail runners that are as comfortable and aesthetically pleasing as they are light and I would especially recommend them to anyone with a wider foot.
Quick tree climb
Did i mention they are great for climbing trees
Trail to success
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Thank you Backcountry.com and Inov 8 for choosing me to review your trail running shoes. Like the other reviewer i too wore them right out of the box! I squealed when i opened the box as the shoes are aesthetically pleasing-i got the blue, purple and black. I promptly wore them to the gym that same day-i do a mix of cardio and weight training. The shoe toe box has ample room for deep squats and i feel stable in the shoe when moving around/jumping all over like a mad woman. They may be too much shoe for the gym since im not really doing anything that technical-seems like a waste of a high end shoe to use at the gym!
As with any new shoes i like to try them out before committing to a full hike or run. I walk 45 mins to work and usually go sockless. Why i would go sockless with new shoes? Bad idea. I got to work with a bloody sad heel. My left foot was fine but my right foot had some considerable rubbing in the heel. I slapped on a bandaid and my troubles were gone. Forgot about it on the way home. I did notice while jogging down hill my big toes felt warm and i go foresee some uncomfortableness. I wore them again and this time with socks-much more comfortable and didnt feel hot spots.
They are true to size-so stick with your standard sizing. Some brands i am a 6.5 (nike, new balance minimalist) but i got size 7 in these and they are perfect. With or without socks i feel stable and well grounded. I do have to wear custom orthotics (9 months into recovery of two cases of Achilles tendinitis-boo). So i cant say much about the true arch support in these shoes.
On trail they are grippy and perfect for blazing the trail. Good tough toe box (i tend to stub my toes often). Comfortable shoe. Good for non too technical hikes and even better for hauling ass back to your tent/car for a refreshing beer.
Yea yea you say i got these to review and didnt pay for them-but i would buy these again and highly recommend them to friends looking for a good trail shoe.
After descending the Stairway to Heaven
By the pond
on the trail
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
Big thanks to Backcountry.com and Inov-8 for selecting me to review these for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.
Right out of the box, the aesthetics struck me! I got the grey/purple/ blue combination. The colors are vibrant and beautiful! They feel lightweight but you can feel the cushion they provide. Despite how light they are, they seem well constructed and durable.
I had a great opportunity to test these this past weekend, wearing them on the Appalachian Trail on a section that stretched from Wawayanda State Park to NJ 284 (16 ½ miles). I should mention that I used these strictly for hiking and did not do any trail running in them. The terrain varied- packed dirt, gravel, paved road, rocks of all shapes and sizes, boardwalk, and ascents and descents of varying grade. Being as this was the first time testing these, I carried my worn in trail runners in my pack… I never took them out. The Roclite 295s fit true to size and were very comfortable. There is ample cushion throughout the shoe. Despite the 6mm drop (more minimalist than what I normally wear), I was mostly comfortable all day. I experienced no issues with toe squish on steep downhill; they gripped well on rock and performed well on wet, slippery surfaces. Stepped through puddles and my feet stayed dry, which was pretty impressive!( On my second trip out with these, I was on trail after a rainy overnight and after being on dirt trail through a field for 5 minutes, my feet and the insides of the shoes were soaked. Had to change socks and shoes.) I slammed my toes a few times on rocks and felt that the toe bumper did its job well! When the blazes went from trail to road, there was no foot discomfort as is sometimes experienced with some other trail runners. The only issue I experienced, and therefore deducted a star, was some mild discomfort in the heel on steeper ascents… a bit of a warm spot, though no blister came close to forming. Overall however, I had a great experience with these and plan to take ‘em back on the trail this weekend!
They seemed to go the distance with ease with no breaking in period so I’d definitely recommend the Roclite 295s for anyone who wants to accumulate some trail time. In the next few weeks, I’ll be putting some more mileage and these and will update the review then!
Light, responsive--great shoe!
Nice, simple shoe, good tread-- I switched to these from La Sportiva Helios(es) and they are in the same vein--light, fast, minimalist.