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.
FILED UNDER: Shoes and Gear / Trail Running TAGS: Adidas / Altra / Altra Running / Asics / Avia / Brooks / ECCO / Inov-8 / Karhu / Merrell / Mizuno / New Balance / Running Shoe Review / Running Shoes / Salomon / Saucony / scarpa / Trail Running Shoes