The Inov-8 Road-X Lite 155 is a low-profile, nimble, and minimal design that retains a bit of impact protection for runners seeking road feel without the excessive pounding.
For a shoe with so little underfoot, our testers were surprised to find a decent amount of cushioning and protection from the ground below. This is due to the use of injected EVA material, which feels denser and more rubber-like than traditional midsole foams. The result: a ride softer than the stack height would imply, and less of a beating from the hard road below. That said, this is not a shoe for heelstriking over long distances. The 155 is still a very firm shoe in comparison to a traditionally cushioned trainer.
The 155 is built on a curved last, which caused some testers to feel their forefoot pressed against the lateral side of the upper. Our testers did, however, like the roomy toebox, which could fit a wider forefoot. A snugger fit through the laces and around the heel minimized any slippage within the shoe, resulting in a secure feel. Like many Inov-8 offerings, the 155 runs long; we suggest sizing down half a size.
One of Inov-8’s lightest and lowest road offerings, the 155 boasts a nimble and very close to the road feel, but with a bit of cushioning perfect for the runner looking for a lightweight racer with a touch of touch of protection.
“The 155 is more curved than a typical shoe, and I felt the lateral side of the shoe pressed against my forefoot. Luckily it wasn’t bothersome while running, and wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me.”
“The 155 is on the firmer side but I can see it working well for the midfoot or forefoot stiker who wants that minimal feel.”
“The cushioning definitely feels different from traditional midsole foam. It feels denser, but at the same time it’s softer than you would expect.”