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New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Inov-8 improves on its most popular shoes. They are lighter with more cushion.

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by Alan Dixon | 2007-08-11 00:00:00-06

Inov-8 adds two new shoes based on the immensely popular Terroc 330. The new shoes are lighter, with more cushion and durable soles. Inov-8 also introduces its lightest shoe yet!

The new “Roclite 295” is based on the Terroc last but adds a more cushioned midsole (up to 3 arrows from 2), and the lighter and durable Roclite outsole. The 295 also includes the facia-band of the Rocklite line. The Roclite 305 is almost identical to the Rocklite 295 but adds an even more cushioned midsole (4 arrows).

Finally, based on the popular F-Lite 300, Inov-8 gives us one of the lightest trail shoes on the market, the F-Lite 230. At 8.1 ounces (230 grams) it is Inov-8’s lightest shoe. The 230 also incorporates the Roclite sole and facia-band but with a 2 arrow midsole and an extremely light upper.

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The “Roclite 295” is also based on the Terroc last but adds a more cushioned midsole and still saves over an ounce (35 grams) over the Terroc 330.

Both the Roclite 295 and 305 are significant improvements over the Terroc 330, one of my favorite ultralight trail shoes. The 295’s are over an ounce lighter and should find favor with the thru hiking crowd as well as casual ultralight backpackers. At almost an ounce lighter, the added cushion of the 305’s is rapidly gaining acceptance from the ultra running crowd (people who run 50 to 100+ mile races). The 305’s should work equally well for people who have sore feet after a long day of backpacking.

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The “Roclite 305” adds an even more cushioned midsole (4 arrows) and still saves over an ounce (35 grams) over the Terroc 330.

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The lightweight and durable Roclite sole with facia-band.

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At just over 8 ounces the F-lite 230 is Inov-8’s lightest shoe.


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"New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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Alan Dixon
(alandixon) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/11/2007 00:05:37 MDT Print View

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New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

ed short
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Re: New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/16/2007 22:21:24 MDT Print View

I've had the inov-8 250 for about 4 months now,fine shoe, like a feather, the 230 I assume is 20 gms lighter? ews

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/16/2007 22:35:31 MDT Print View

Ed, yes, that's right. They're quite...light. Almost, weirdly ultralight (WUL).

I think adding a supportive orthotic to this shoe (volume permitting) that provided solid heel cup support and some lateral resistance would create a pretty incredible ultralight footwear system capable of long miles.

Edited by ryan on 08/16/2007 22:37:09 MDT.

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
New Inov-8 Ultralight on 08/17/2007 00:24:49 MDT Print View

The new 305s and 230s both really appear to have the foam sandwiched uppers. Reason the 330s are worth the extra weight to me are the mesh uppers which are hydrophobic.
The multitude of Inov-8 shoes seem to be of three types, foam, mesh, or goretex covered foam. Consider your water exposure and tolerance before narrowing down the models. I went with the 330s in low and 390s in boot.

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes on 08/30/2007 07:46:30 MDT Print View

Do I understand it correctly that these models have the roomier toe box of the Terrocs? And does the Roclite 295 have mesh uppers or foam uppers?
I've used Roclite 315's for multiday trips bevause of the extra bit of cushioning although I preferred the roomier fit and better draining of the Terrocs. The Roclite 295 could be the ideal combination of both models.

BRIAN BOLIN
(OBOZ) - F

Locale: OVER YONDER'
Just curious... on 09/07/2007 18:34:19 MDT Print View

330s or 295s? which do you like?

Edited by OBOZ on 03/14/2010 15:06:59 MDT.

James Rivet
(airjay1966) - F

Locale: Los Angeles, California
Inov-8 shoe sizing on 12/03/2007 19:32:17 MST Print View

I just received a pair of Inov-8 and they were woefully small. I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience? I sent the shoes back and called the sales people to inquire about sizing. They did recommend I get a shoe size that is one size larger than what I typically wear. (i.e 11.5 instead of 10.5). They reasoned the sizing disparity is due to the unisex styling. I will update this when I receive the new shoes to see if in fact the new ones fit better.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Re: Inov-8 shoe sizing on 12/04/2007 06:49:53 MST Print View

I presently have three pair (various models) of Inov-8's. For me, they need to be 1/2 size up from other shoes of a similar type. Where I'd wear a 10 Merrell, I'd order a 10 1/2 Inov-8. Based on a "dress shoe" they would be ordered closer to a full size larger.

James Rivet
(airjay1966) - F

Locale: Los Angeles, California
Sizing for Inov-8 on 12/05/2007 14:27:45 MST Print View

Just to catch up with my previous post. I went up one full size on the terroc 330 (from a 10.5 to a 11.5) and they fit perfectly. I have to say I am very pleased with Zappos. Over night-service, and they didn't need to wait to get my return shoe back before they had already sent out the larger replacement. Very good service. The shoe is also very nice. I am tempted to order another pair. They've got fit, feel and sole!