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A performance shoe that excels over a variety of trail types, the Inov-8 Roclite 285 features minimal cushioning and a firm ride.



The Roclite 285 gets straight to the point in a performance trail shoe for neutral runners. The 285 is ideal for racing by being lightweight and offering a low profile midsole which keeps the runner connected to the trail. The 285 is a great trail shoe for technical trails. The aggressive sticky rubber lugged outsole allows the runner to take on a variety of terrain. No run is to short or too long for the Roclite 285.

Model Number:

Weight:  9.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (17mm), Forefoot (12mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Fits large; purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Roclite 285 men's shoe is a minimum feature, moderate neutral trail shoe designed for racing, daily training and high mileage.


  • 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.
  • 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
  • TPU Lacing System uses TPU lacing supports for a strong, lightweight and secure fit.
  • 6mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort.
  • Roclite is a trail outsole built with a moderately aggressive lug pattern. It is intended for use on hard packed trails and mixed terrain.
  • Sticky Rubber for optimal performance and maximized grip in wet conditions.
  • Meta-Flex groove is located at the forefoot to encourage natural forefoot flex during toe-off.


  • Performance Last is a close fitting design for a snug fit and optimal performance.

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 the New Balance MT110 a good shoe but the sole was way to narrow for my wide feet after running I couldn't run for a week. I found the Roclite 285 but was worried about all the reviews that they were to narrow, and I have wide feet and they were very thin compared to the NB. These shoes fit like a glove, are very lite and are amazing on steep inclines and have superior grip on rocks. They are the best trail shoe I have worn. These are my new racing shoe and could not be happier. There is plenty of room in the toe box and fit comfortably. I had order a 1/2 size bigger based on all the reviews and had to send it back for a regular size. I wish I found Inov8 years ago. Great shoe!
From: Chris, Long Island, NY, USA

Comments: Just bought these about 1 month ago and love them so far.  I have been a serious Age Grouper trail runner for 4 yrs and know what a good pair of trail kicks feel like and these are it.  You for sure want to buy a 1/2 size smaller than your normal running shoe size.  I had to return the pair I bought from here and switch them for a 1/2 size smaller (piece of cake return policy and very customer friendly).  Now they fit great.  If there is a downside to the shoe... one shoe rubs/touches a little awkwardly toward the front of my instep.  No blisters or anything of the sort have occurred due to this as of yet though.
From: Coyote, Northern IL, USA