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Inov-8 Introduces Higher Shock Absorption Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Extra cushion offers entry point to Inov-8 line

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by Doug Johnson | 2006-08-11 03:00:00-06

New to the Inov-8 line is Shoc-Zone, their system for rating the shock absorption of their midsoles that uses a scale of one to four arrows. It works like this:

  • One arrow: elite racing flat
  • Two arrows: high performance trail running or adventure racing shoe
  • Three arrows: hiking cushioning/ultra running
  • Four arrows: cushioning similar to a traditional training shoe

Also new are all models in the four-arrow Shoc-Zone range.

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The Shoc-Zone ratings are shown by the number of V’s stamped into the midsoles.

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The Inov-8 Roclite 305, Roclite 320, F-lite 320, and F-lite 335.

Like all Inov-8 shoes, the names designate first the sole type and next the weight of the shoe in grams (size 9 US). The Roclite sole is an intermediate design for mixed terrain while the F-lite is for hard compact to paved surfaces.

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The four-arrow designation indicates the most midsole cushion in the Inov-8 line.

The four-arrow shoes offer an entry point into the Inov-8 line for those who are used to the cushioning of a traditional running shoe. However, they are also true Inov-8 shoes, offering the performance benefits of ultralight weights and maximum flexibility for natural foot movement.

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The F-lite soles (front) are designed for hard, compact surfaces while the Roclite sole (rear) are for intermediate terrain.

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The lightest of the four-V cushioned shoes is the Roclite 305. It came in at 311 grams (11.0 ounces) due to being a half size larger than the size the shoe was named for (a UK8.5 vs. a UK8).

Also new is the Mudclaw 340 O+ which features the aggressive tread of the Mudclaw 330 O but with the addition of ten metal studs for traction in icy conditions.

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The Mudclaw 340 O+ has a dual layer of mesh for comfort and…

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An aggressive sole with metal studs for icy conditions.


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"Inov-8 Introduces Higher Shock Absorption Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Doug Johnson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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