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.
The Shoc-Zone ratings are shown by the number of V’s stamped into the midsoles.
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.
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.
The F-lite soles (front) are designed for hard, compact surfaces while the Roclite sole (rear) are for intermediate terrain.
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.
The Mudclaw 340 O+ has a dual layer of mesh for comfort and…
An aggressive sole with metal studs for icy conditions.