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The Mudroc 290 from Inov8 provides neutral runners with a lightweight, low-profile trail shoe that can be worn as a daily trainer or when racing. Abrasion panels on the medial and lateral sides offer protection from mud and debris. You can rest assured the lugged outsole will get you though the roughest terrain you come across. The Mudroc 290 is best suited for loose or soft terrain such as grass, mud, duff and scree. Basically, it is the ultimate serious trail running shoe.

Model Number:

Weight:  10.5 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (23mm), Forefoot (13mm); includes 6mm average lug height 

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium to full volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium-low
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: September 2010
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: Original Mudruc 290


The Mudroc 290 is a minimum feature, moderate neutral trail shoe designed for racing, daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone provides moderate underfoot cushioning and a 6 mm heel-to-toe drop. This is Inov8's medium level of cushioning on their 0-4 arrow scale.

  • EVA Foam is a moderately thick layer of industry standard foam for cushioning and flexibility.
  • Dynamic Fascia Band running from the heel to the forefoot acts as a rigid lever arm, releasing energy with each step and propelling the runner forward.
  • Meta-Shank extends from the midfoot to the forefoot in a 5-finger fashion, for flexible underfoot impact protection.
  • Synthetic Mesh covers the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage
  • Nylon Lacing System uses traditional nylon lacing supports for a secure fit.
  • Met-Cradle is a synthetic webbing upper that supports the forefoot and provide a secure fit.
  • 6mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort.
  • Performance Last is a close fitting design for a snug fit and optimal performance. 
  • Mudroc is an off-trail outsole built with an aggressive lug pattern. It is ideal for loose rock, grass, mixed terrain or mud.
  • Sticky Rubber for optimal performance and maximized grip in wet conditions.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I had a 17 mile run planned for Sunday morning before church...a route involving mostly pavement with a few miles of uneven grassy field & a mile or so of running on the gravel shoulder of a road.  It was mostly flat with maybe 3 miles that could be considered hilly.  My Brooks' Trance or Infinity would've done a fine job, BUT 3 inches of snow fell overnight & snow was continuing to fall.  I knew my 'real' running shoes would slip a lot in those conditions and my feet would be soaked half-way through the run. Rather than cancel my run, I broke out the Mudrocs.  They felt great the whole way!  I wore a medium thickness smartwool sock & my feet stayed warm & dry despite the 3" of snow & periodic slush.  The upper materials shed the snow very well.  It never caked-on or melted-in.  I was concerned about slipping at a few turns, and was cautious, but I didn't slip at all...unexpected.  The knobby, grippy soles provided good traction.  After a few weeks of daily wear & the 17miler, they still show no signs of wear!  I'm sure if I ran in these on warm dry concrete regularly, they'd wear down more quickly than other running shoes.  But, for off-road, wet, or snow use, they're awesome.
From: Jed, Macomb, MI, USA