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Inov8 Roclite 350

£140 www.inov-8.com

The deep 6mm lugs on the soles of the Roclite really stand out as one of its strongest features. They provide superb grip on mixed terrain in wet and dry conditions, switching from technical terrain to pavements without any issues. The sole and mid-layer are flexible with minimal cushioning, to allow your foot to feel the trail underneath. While this does give you a good level of sensitivity, they were quite unforgiving after longer periods on hard terrain. The toe box is a good size to allow your feet to spread out when they hit the ground. They weigh only 350g but I would trying on in store, as they came up a little long and thus I experienced some heel lift. The waterproof lining, gusseted tongue and padded ankle cuff help to reduce water and debris getting inside. The simple lacing system is easy to use but I did find that the skinny laces came undone occasionally, even with double knots.

▶Verdict: The minimal cushioning won’t work for everyone, but they have superb grip.

▶Best for: Mixed terrain but not too long on hard surfaces.

Review by Jen Roberts @jenroberts70