January 20, 2013 By Peter Larson 29 Comments When I think of Inov-8, I think of shoes designed for a purpose, and most often that purpose is to run on rugged trails or fells. I’ve run in a number of Inov-8 shoes over the past few years, but I don’t have any of their more luggy trails shoes. The Trailrocs come in three flavors based upon your requirements for protection and heel-forefoot drop. As a consequence of extra rock protection, the Trailroc 245 shares only a fraction of the 235’s flexibility. Given that I like flexible shoes, and that I don’t tend to run very rugged trails all that often, I opted for the Trailroc 235 even though I I’m a sucker for a blue and yellow shoe(must be my Swedish heritage…). As mentioned above, the Trailrocs are built on Inov-8’s anatomical last, so it’s a fit I am very familiar with from shoes like the Bare-X 180. The Inov-8 Trailroc 235 is a grippy, zero drop trail shoe that provides adequate protection even in the absence of a rock plate.
The Inov-8 Trailroc 235 is available for purchase at Running Warehouse and Zappos.In Europe, they can be purchased at Wiggle. Filed Under: Inov-8, Minimalist Running, running gear review, running shoes, trail running, zero drop About Peter LarsonThis post was authored by Peter Larson. But trail running offers some serious benefits that can help you prevent injuries and stay healthy in the long-term. Most trails are very different from road running in that the elevation tends to be much more variable. Trails help reduce that repetition by making you change your stride slightly, take shorter steps in between obstacles, and switch directions much more often than if you were on the road. This variation distributes impact forces from running differently, reducing your risk of a running injury.
If you’ve never run trails before, your first run will probably leave you feeling sore in all kind of odd places. Spend a morning running around Rock Creek Park with Doug and you might notice you’re running slower than usual. Effort, rather than a specific pace per mile, is what really counts when you’re trail running. But on a more technical trail that same 5 miles might take you as much as 55 minutes – a whole ten minutes slower! This section alone could be an entire book (and indeed, here’s a complete guide to prepare you to start trail running).


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The lugs are prominent enough to provide solid traction, but flat and even enough that you can run comfortably on a flat, hard surface like an asphalt road.
It works well on varied surfaces from roads to rugged trails, and provides a roomy fit that minimalist runners have come to expect in zero drop shoes. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. I'm a former college anatomy professor who gave up tenure to build a career around my passion for running. Even if you’re training for road races or just running for health benefits, hitting the trails can help you race faster, stay healthy, and have a lot more fun. This undulating terrain of rolling hills can be used as a valuable training tool to help you stay healthy.
Running hilly trails is like going into the weight room and doing squats – it builds a lot of strength!
Once you’re comfortable with varying elevations, you can hit the real gnarly trails that have steep ascents and long, continuous climbs. Almost any trail will require you to dodge rocks, sticks, roots, holes, and snakes (believe me, it happens). Instead of the same exact running movement like you would on an unchanging even surface, you’re performing a slightly different movement because you have to accommodate the uneven terrain. Get the latest training tips at Strength Running – or sign up for a free email series on injury prevention for runners. Thus, when Inov-8 released the Trailroc line on their anatomical last I decided to take the plunge and buy a pair. All three share a similar lugged outsole, but the Trailroc 245 and 255 have an additional rock plate for added protection.
I think highly enough of this shoe that it ranked 2nd on my best hybrid trail shoes of 2012 list – highly recommended! Plus I think that 8 oz (the weight of the 235) might be a little too much for my one running shoe.
The Inov-8 235s have been great and I’ve done up to 18 trail miles on them with no protection issues.
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And hills are more specific to running than lifting weights because, well, you have to actually run up them. Instead of running in such a straight line, there are more curves and turns that force you to change direction more often. The hillier, more technical trails might slow you down by 2-3 minutes per mile – or more.
Just keep your faster workout days on the roads or track so you can focus on running the pace you need.
I debated long and hard about which shoe to order, and ultimately decided on the 235 after reading Ashwyn Gray’s comparative Trailroc review on the Another Fn’ Runner blog. I’d go so far as to say that they’re one of the grippiest shoes I have ever worn (keeping in mind that I don’t own any super-luggy shoes like some of the fell running shoes that Inov-8 makes) – traction is fantastic even on crusty ice and snow. The upper material is a more traditional soft fabric, not the plasticky mesh that is so popular these days – this is a good thing, though I have seen isolated reports of it tearing in areas adjacent to the overlays along the mid-forefoot.
Oh, and the price ($120 MSRP) is a bit steep, but not that far off what other shoes in the zero drop trail shoe niche cost. You provide a great description of the level of proprioception afforded by the Trailroc 235 outsole. The black rubber wrapping the toes started to pull away from the shoe immediately and the inside is not ideal for sockless running. Right now i run with Mizuno Ferus but it lacks traction and the trailroc 235 might provide much better but i am hesitant about the lack of softness.
On the side I also coach runners and perform running gait analysis at Performance Health Spine and Sport Therapy in Concord, NH. The 235’s offer a lot more protection than say the New Balance MT00, which is also a zero drop trail shoe without a rock plate. I’ve had no issues running over chunky gravel or ice in them – you will feel stuff underfoot, but it’s not the piercing pain you might feel when catching a rock in just the right spot in a less protective shoe. I haven’t run more than 5-6 miles in a single run in these shoes, so your experience may differ if you are a long distance trail runner (which I, as yet, am not).



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