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Who wears INOV-8? (Read 720 times)

    Just curious which INOV-8 shoe some of you may wear and why?  I use the Roclite 305 for the single track.  Has incredible grip for switchbacks and slippery muddy conditions.  I also use the F-lite 300 for long fire road runs.   I just ordered a pair of Roclite 295's.  Curious on how they might feel compared to the 305. 
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      I don't but am interested in them. There's just nowhere that I know of nearby me to actually try a pair. I hear they have a really light racer that might be suitable for what I want.
        If REI carries them, you can probably order them online.  I believe REI lets you actually run in the shoe, and if you don't like it, you can return it.

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          Terroc 330-lightweight, flexible off-road shoe, good for trails but not a lot of protection from rocks/roots.

          Roclite 320-I just got these. Tough, protective shoe for long ultras, rocks, roots. Very aggressive tread. Still light compared to the competition.

          F-lite 230PK-super-light minimal shoe for roads, I like this for road runs, it's more protective than Fivefingers but very light, flexible and fits like a slipper. 


          I like all of them, for different purposes. They are hard to find but Zappos carries them and has great customer service. I got the Terrocs at a local place but couldn't find the others locally.


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            The best online store I can find is Mountain Plus Outdoor Gear.  They have a great deal going with INOV-8 right now.  Free shipping and a free pair of INOV-8 socks with a shoe purchase.  Best deal I could find.  The INOV-8 site is full of useful information about where your local INOV-8 dealer is.  
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              I don't have any Inov-8s but I know Zombierunner.com sells them too.
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              Imminent Catastrophe

                I don't have any Inov-8s but I know Zombierunner.com sells them too.

                 Yes, I like Zombierunner.com but their inventory of Inov-8 is typically very small and odd sizes. Worth checking though!

                "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

                 "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

                "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

                 

                √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

                Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

                Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014


                Get Lost :)

                  They need to work on their product names. I guess their company name should have tipped me off.
                    They need to work on their product names. I guess their company name should have tipped me off.

                     Too many numbers to deal with? 

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                      I occasionally wear the rock-lite 305s and agree they have great lugs.  They are a little narrow and feel much better now that I've taken the insoles out.  My favorite trails shoes, though, are VFF Treks and NB 790's because of the lighter and more natural feel.

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                        I have a couple of pairs and like them quite a bit.  Not sure of the models though...I can't keep the model+weight naming convention in memory. 

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                          I've really liked mine but am going to try some new balances for two reasons:

                           

                           

                          1)  Too many models - I love my 305 but can't find them anymore - I was told they are d/c that model.  Otherwise I am confused as to what to try.

                          2)  Hard to find INOV-8 once I do think I know which style. 

                           

                          I do think the company has some great ideas (the hydration packs are great re: water around waist) and the shoes are very light and sturdy.


                          Blaine Moore (MM#2867)

                            Just curious which INOV-8 shoe some of you may wear and why?  I use the Roclite 305 for the single track.  Has incredible grip for switchbacks and slippery muddy conditions.

                             

                            I wear the same and for the same reasons.

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                              Started trail running in ernest about 2 months ago.  This week I retired one of the three pair in my road rotation and thought it was time to get a trail-specific shoe since I have been running 1 or 2 trails per week......mayb 4 to 7 miles per run.  Based on what I have read here, you guys convinced me to give the Inov-8 a try.  Today I tried on 5 different trail shoes and settled on the Inov-8 Roclite 295.  Here is what I tried...

                               

                              1.  Asics GT 2150 Trail.  My favorite daily trainers are Asics Nimbus, so I had to give these a try.  As predicted, they have predictable (great) fit, but they fit like a glove and I thought too tight in the toes and toe box to withstand too much down-hill pounding.  To my surprise, I ranked these 3rd of the 5 I tried.

                               

                              2.  Brooks Cascadia 5.  Felt REALLY great.  Felt like my Adrenalines with plenty of room in the toe-box.  I ranked these 2nd out of the 5.

                               

                              3.  Montrail.  I know a bunch of people who are Montrail fanatics and love their shoes.  Didn't like them.  The arch was too far back which had the support pushing on the front of my heel.......like it had a serious heel cup.  I was afraid that this shoe would really cause me problems......not even in consideration.

                               

                              4.  Inov-8 Roclite 295.  These are as light as any shoe I have ever worn in my running.  Fit perfect with the right type of support and room where it will matter.  I have high hopes for these shoes.

                               

                              5.  Hoka OneOne.  Not only were these too pricey ($170), they are the most bizarre shoe I have ever tried on.  Talk about the antithesis of minimalist.......it felt like there were 3 inches of cussioning and they have a very strange rocker-like profile......almost like those stupid Sketcher Shape-up THINGS.  The sole was extremely squishy......could probably step on a golf ball and not feel it.  Just too strange in my opinion......and couldn't get over the price and the gimick factor.

                               

                              Wish me luck in my new Inov-8!!!!!

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                                No need for luck.  The Roclite 295 will treat your feet just fine.  They will go anywhere you dare.  Mud, ice, snow, fire roads, single track...just not the pavement.

                                 

                                So, how have they been so far? 

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