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Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Review

by Shona Stephenson on November 5, 2012

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Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Male or 236 Female

 

I was given a pair of inov-8 trailroc 245 by my sponsors Barefoot Inc to try (They can be a uni-sex fit if needed). I was keen to give them a go. I tested them to the max, wearing the inov-8 trailroc on a rocky hill session on the Tuesday around Watson’s bay, then a Friday Night a 28km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack), Saturday 18km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack) and a Sunday 32 km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack) all along the ruggered GNW and my feet felt nice and protected. I could train on the Monday in my f-lite 190 without any problems.

The Inov-8 trailroc 245 are nice and light weight. My 5.5 Uk only weight 227 grams the male size 9 Uk will weigh 245 grams.

The tread of the inov-8 trailroc 245 is called Tri-C. Meaning that it is a mix of soft sticky, hard sticky and endurance. Straight out of the box the Inov-8 Trailroc 245 were making squelching noises on my wooden floorboards in my house. Out on the trail they were grippy on hard rocks, wet rocks, soft grass, dirt, gravel and roads.

The sole of the inov-8 trailroc 245 has been designed for hard, loose and soft. The tread is not as aggressive as the x-talons, so for a soft, slippery and muddy track like the Great Ocean Walk (GOW) I’d choose the x-talon range. They don’t grip on loose leaf litter as well as the x-talon range but it’s is dry as a bone out in the Aussie Bush at the moment that even the inov-8 x-talon’s 190 of my friend Renae were slipping a bit too, so there was not that much difference, but they have less traction on soft surfaces than the x-talon range.

Inov-8 trailroc 245 as the name suggest has been designed to with stand the pounding of hard, ruggered fire trails, rocks, grass, road, dirt, gravel and some sand. Races like the Great North Walk (GNW) , 6 Foot Track, The North Face 100km would be perfect for this shoe.

Inov-8 trailroc 245 has more protection from rocks and hard surfaces around the circumference of the shoe. I wore the inov-8 trailroc 245 for 3 days in a row with a pack on my back and my feet felt great on the Monday. I’ve had stress fractures 2 years ago, so I am very picky when I choose my running shoes.

They are built to withstand the Aussie Bush and I can’t wait to christen them with their first event in 2 weeks, my first 100 miler the GNW.

Inov-8 Trailroc 245 are an “Anatomic” fit. Meaning that they are a wider, comfortable shape in the toe box, with more room around the toes. This Anatomic fit with the sole of the shoe being raised a few mils up onto the upper gives the toes more protection from rocks. I kicked a few rocks and my feet were protected by this extra rubber on the sole.

Inov-8 trailroc 245 have one arrow, meaning that they are a “shock zone 1” shoe. These shoes are for forefoot strikers, not for heal strikers, the inov-8 trail roc 255 or the inov-8 Roclite 275 is a better choice for heal strikers (I started in the Roclite 268 the female version about a year ago and worked through the arrow progressions). I personally run on my toes, so the “1 arrow” is perfect for me.

Inov-8 Trailroc 245 is injected with EVA, which gives the sole its cushioning on hard surfaces. It is also springy to run on, and I personally love the inov-8 “1 Arrow” range. It matches my natural running style. They hold their shape unlike another brand of shoe I was following on Sunday…..(I could not believe how bad those shoes preformed. I won’t mention names. They were not cheap. They were only a month old and they were stuffed. I am banning them amongst my PT clients, they are an injury waiting to happen).

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Inov-8 trailroc 245 Front and Side

Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Met-Cradle locks my foot into the shoe comfortably without restricting my blood flow. I have skinny ankles, high arches and a wide broad fore foot and the Inov-8 trailroc 245 fitted my weird feet like a glove. I can take my descents with confidence. Inov-8 Trailroc 245 are still roomy enough around the toes to keep my feet happy. I ran 78ks on the weekend trying my hardest to chase down Brendan Davies, Clark McClymont and Coober in them without one blister or loosing a toe nail.

Inov-8 Trailroc 245 have the Meta-flex which allows for your foot to bend naturally. The Generation 3 Meta-Shank aligns with each individual metatarsal for the Inov-8 trademark windlass effect. Giving you a kick with every stride. This Meta-Shank provides underfoot impact protection as well as flexibility. Inov-8 Trailroc are more ridged than the x-talons and more cushioning on protruding rocky surfaces. My feet could also be a bit lazier in the trailroc 245. So perfect for my first 100 Miler in just a few weeks. Inov-8 Trailroc 245 are great for racing and training. They are built to withstand the Aussie Bush and I can’t wait to christen them with their first event in 2 weeks, my first 100 miler the GNW.

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