Inov-8 Roclite 243, $120
Category: Versatile Cruiser
Weight: 8.6 oz (men’s, unisex sizing)
Height off the ground: 16mm (heel); 15mm (forefoot)
FIT: This shoe has a trim fit from heel to midfoot, with just enough room in the low-volume toe box for toes to spread.
FEEL: This shoe was born to burn, with a feel that is firm, low-to-the-ground and almost flat. Bottom line: this is a no-nonsense, lightweight trainer. “I feel fast,” said one tester. “Not much there, but that’s OK on most trails,” said another.
RIDE: Grippy traction and stout lugs allow this shoe to grab when you want to rock your favorite mud run, or, as one tester commented, “like a Jeep on your feet.” A sliver of foam protects if you need to heel strike, but it’s a very tactile ride and performs best with light-footed, agile runners.
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