Rating: 5 / 5
The Inov8 Roclite 318 GTX are my first lightweight bushwalking shoes. Until now I have used heavy solid leather boots so these shoes are a radical step for me. My boots weighed nearly 900 grams each, so I am saving around 1.1kg just by switching to the roclites.
The day after receiving them from zombierunner (cheapest way to get them in Australia) I wore them on a 5 hour day walk. The trail was mostly hard, loose granite, with rock sizes from gravel to boulders but most commonly around fist sized lumps - fairly tedious to walk on. After 5 hours my feet were a little sore and tired, but less so than when I did the same walk previously with my heavy boots with hard soles. It's true that you do feel the ground quite a lot through these shoes, but for me that is a bonus - I need to feel the ground to be sure of my footing.
The track also included seveal ice+mud slushy sections and the roclites (with gaiters) kept my feet dry and warm throughout. When climbing/scrambling up some sections, the soles provided good grip, even on some fairly slippery moss-covered rocks.
As far as fit and comfort are concerned, I ordered a half size up and they fit wonderfully - very comfortable. My foot feels supported, especially in the heel cup and I am a heel-heavy walker so that is good.
Based on other comments, I will be interested to see how durable the roclites are but based on my initial experiences, these shoes are fantastic and I'm looking forward to giving them many more hours of punishment on the trail.