I used to run in Nike ACG back in the early-to-mid nineties. Then I started running in Montrail Vitesse in the late nineties. I loved the Vitesse, but I couldn't understand why I kept having problems, turning my ankle, slipping on the trail, and the like. I went back to thinking that I needed something like those old Nike 'cross-training' 'outdoor' shoes that I wore until the soles fell off, so I tried the Excelerace and ran in the Stratos even though the latter was more of a boot than a shoe. Those were fine, like the Montrail Namche, for trail running and day hiking at a moderate pace. Then about a year-and-a-half ago I found the Inov-8 RocLite 315 . . .
It was as if speed were a girl I used to date who suddenly came back into my life. I almost felt like a kid again, running barefoot along the trails that criss-crossed up and down the dry creek bed. These are true trail-running shoes that provide the best combination of speed and nimble support that I have ever experienced. If you like to run on trails as fast as you can like you did when you used to play 'war' with the other kids on the block down by the creek, you should buy these shoes now.
I run through creeks nowadays, but most of my time is spent criss-crossing old lava flows that jut out at an angle here in the Connecticut River Valley. The trails are riddled with jagged rocks - angular pieces of basalt and diabase, not rounded boulders of till or old, weathered, chunks of granite with the edges all softened. The RocLite 315 shoes provide the grip and reinforcement necessary to negotiate these wild paths with speed and grace.
AND . . . if you find yourself unable to stay on the trail and before you know it you are moving through the thickets and winding your way along a deer path on the side of the mountain, you should buy these shoes. I cannot compliment Inov-8 enough - I think I'll buy another pair right now!