Take it from me, I am a serious trail runner. Peak season I am putting in 80-100 miles a week on trail in the Rocky mountains. I have been a seriously loyal Inov 8 fan for over a decade now. The problem is any time I deviate from Inov 8 I end up being horribly disappointed. Keeping in mind all individuals are exactly that, Individuals, I am going to tell you a little bit about the best Inov 8 shoe I have used to date. The Trailroc 235 is a unique shoe in that it is a 0 drop minimal shoe, but still provides calcaneus and lower tarsal protection. As a mountain runner, the most frustrating thing is bruised feet. Sometimes it lays me out for weeks. The 235 has a strong sole without the weight that does not let the jagged protrusions focalize on one point of the foot. I find that this shoe distributes any pressure throughout the bottom plate and alleviates these potential injuries that leave you saying "how the hell did that happen." The tread is very aggressive on this shoe. I use it from late spring on through the early- late fall depending on the snow situation. These access in slick conditions in slush and snow and will grip well on there own. I have never needed screws or other mechanisms for grip with these. The tread will grip to rock, loose fell, gravel and dirt like a boss! I can climb all day in these on my toes and the sole just does not break down. Descending the package provides stability and flex that lets me sprint the chutes as fast as my legs can handle. Again that sole protects your feet so no worries what I land on. The uppers have a breathable mesh that will keep your feet well vented. The lacing is nice and tight across the tarsals giving you security. The toe kick is minimal, but provides ample toe protection. So again take it from me, if your an Inov 8 fan or just trying them out, this shoe is a minimal package that gives you the protection of a burly hiking shoe.