Well, I ordered them, tried them , and sent them back.
They are definitely wider than the endurance last my terroc 330 and flyroc 310s were made by. So, someone shouldnt be scared off by the name change on the last. It may be wider than you think.
Not in itself a bad thing.
However, the toe volume is too much, theres too much fabric there. When tightening the laces to pull the body tight around the narrow feet that INOV 8 are made for, the tongue and fabric buckles right over the base of the big toe. I recalled someone complaining of this when the redesigned 295 came out a year or two ago, I had hoped they might have fixed that problem. Nope. The only people I can think wouldnt experience this would have big bulky feet, but then they really wouldnt fit in Inov8 which has a narrow heel.
I have been wearing shoes my whole life, and I have never seen this problem on any other shoe. Not once. Its just a really poorly designed upper IMO. You can even tell looking at the profile the toe volume is too much.
I have a feeling they just tell some cheap chinese mfg what they want, get a proposal, accept it and voila. Thats what you get, crapola.
Aside from that, the shoe felt good, I would have used it. Theres no doubt its not made anywhere near as good as the old ones. It has a very cheap look and feel to it, threads sticking out in several places, etc. Oddly enough, the tongue is heavier padded than the thin tongues they used to have too.
Looks like the search continues for a replacement for my inov8s.
The thing that gets me, is most trailrunners out there, have less lug depth new, than my inov8s have with half the lug depth worn off them. I have some La sportiva bushidos coming to try out next, the toe reinforcement looks like it will solve the problem the wildcats have with upper failing in 200 miles.