Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Inov-8 Trailroc 255, $120 [Editor’s Pick: Best New Model]

9.0 oz. (unisex shoe)

Fit: The 255’s have a secure heel and snug instep fit (the lacing system truly locks down the support overlays) and an ample toebox with room to move.

Feel: The platform (which includes a 6mm heel-toe drop) feels neither too hard nor too soft and has a good trail feel, with solid traction and a superior connection to the ground. (The Trailroc 245 is a similar shoe with a 3mm drop and the Trailroc 235 is designed with a zero-drop profile.)

Ride: This is Inov-8’s first trail-specific shoe built for the U.S., and they’ve put together a fun mix of protection and performance. One of our high-mileage, mountain-running testers reported the 255’s are light and nimble enough for short distances on smoother paths, yet rugged enough with ample foot protection to go the distance on rough terrain.

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