Comments: I have run in the Inov-8 roclite 295's for the last 4 years and I LOVE THEM, used for everthing from 50ks to 100 milers. I was bummed when they replaced them with the new one. But I got them anyways. The new ones are very similar with a 3mm lower heel-to-toe drop (9 versus a 6). Traction is awesome, toebox is nice and wide. The covering on top of the toes is not as protective as the old roclites. Overall I am pleased with them.
From: Jeff, Harpers Ferry, WV, USA
Comments: I've had a hard time trying to find a shoe for trail that fits my foot 11/11.5 2E. I've tried all the brands. I have been using the Brooks Cascadia 6 which does fit well and is really good on the trails. I like to do Tough Mudder type events and those just don't have enough traction. The Cascadias are only good on dry, solid terrain. I kept going thru reviews until I found one that mentioned the Roclite 295's as being wide. Took a chance and all I can say is wow! My first run was during the rain so the ground was wet, sloppy and muddy with leaves covering the trail. A bunch of stuff that the Cascadias slid all over on. The 295's though gave me traction I couldn't believe. Each step felt like I had claws digging into the ground. I haven't been thru deep water yet so I don't know how well they drain. However if you suffer a wide foot try these. When INOV-8 stops selling these I guess my search will start over again. My girlfriend also uses INOV-8 for her trail runs and she loves the traction.
From: John, Chillicothe, IL, USA
Comments: Just finished a 42 mile 13 hour run/trek through Lassen National Park on a section of the PCT. WOW! These are great shoes. Plenty of room in the toe box so I wore Injinji socks. No blisters although fine silt did pass through the upper. The wrap around rubber toe was excellent as I inadvertently kicked a lot of embedded rocks. No
foot injuries and no damage to my shoes. I bought these for a 50K I ran two months ago. Wore them right out of the box without any rubs or blisters. By the way, I'm 6'2" and 215 lbs so in my book that makes these especially tough and comfortable shoes.
From: Clint, Redding, CA
Comments: Frist about the below comment on the 295's being narrow - I found them to be plenty wide and perhaps even a tad too wide in my normal size (12). These shoes are best on dirt, mud and wet ground. If you're running on hard dirt roads or hard packed surfaces, these are a bit to harsh; however, if you're running on softer natural surfaces then the 295's are fantastic in terms of grip and comfort.
From: David, Ashburn, VA, USA
Comments: All I can say is "Wow". I bought these shoes to compete in Tough Mudder. I put over 50 miles of trail running on them as part of my training and had no problems at all (I should add that this was my first real foray into running). As for the Tough Mudder event itself, the shoes were phenomenal. While others were slipping and falling in the mud and black diamond ski slopes, I was secure and stable. I experienced no problems with drainage, and believe me, my feet were in water and mud for over three hours. I couldn't be happier with these shoes. Inov-8, you've made a fan here!
From: Greg, Farmville, VA, USA
Comments: These shoes are great for rugged dry trails. I recently did a mud run wearing them, though, and they do not drain water well at all. In fact, they are pretty well sealed all around the sole such that you can fill them with about a quarter inch of water which will stay there until you pour it out.
From: Weldon, San Diego, CA, USA
Comments: The toe box is quite narrow even for my narrow foot so I had to send them back. Also the shoes arrived with dirt in the tread and scuffs on the upper so clearly someone wore these and returned them. If this happens again they will lose me as a customer.
From: Jason, unknown
Comments: I bought a pair of these, on a whim, because they looked like they'd be very good, I'd read some good reports, and I wanted to try some trail shoes with just a little less heel-toe drop than my Salomon Speedcross 2's. While the Speedcross 2 is still my favorite trail shoe, the Roclite 295 is an extremely close second and may surpass the Speedcross for some runs or terrain. They were comfortable right out of the box and seem to run standard size. The toe box is roomy, maybe a little too much so as I'm used to a fit which may sometimes be too snug, yet my heel feels locked in very well (unlike many other shoes I've tried). Traction is excellent, as is ground feel from the thin yet well cushioned sole. The Speedcross has thin sole in the forefoot, too, and seems to rely on the thick and squishy lugs for the bulk of their cushioning. The Roclites lugs are also thick/deep but are a bit harder compound so, maybe, won't wear as quickly. Like the Speedcross 2's the forefoot is quite flexible. My first run in the Roclites was a little over 8 miles, including fire road, single track, hills, loose and rocky trail, and a bit of pavement-absolutely no problems at all. Great shoes!
From: Weldon, San Diego, CA, USA
Comments: OK, these shoes are BAD! (as in good) There is no break in for these baby's. Just put them on and off you go. I do a lot of rough terrain running and these shoes are the best I've ever had. Thanks INOV-8!
From: Donnie, Farmington, NM USA