As always, I was not paid for this review, and I am under no obligation to write a positive review about the shoe.
The Inov-8 ROCLITE 305 GTX is one of the newly released shoes in Inov-8’s brand new lineup. The ROCLITE series is designed to be the most versatile shoe in the Inov-8 arsenal, claiming to be ready for any terrain you throw its way. The 305 GTX model is the most heavy duty shoe in this line, utilizing GORE-TEX technology to, “…delivers the optimal combination of durability with climate comfort and protection from the elements.” (Inov-8 product description) Knowing that our audience generally puts their gear through quite literally every terrain possible, I decided to push them to their limits to test these claims. Here’s what I found.
|A Quick Overview|
|GORE-TEX designed upper that is completely waterproof and breathable for climate comfortNewly redesigned fit that is snug and comfortable while allowing for natural foot movement.
Lugs that kick butt on almost every terrain, but are still wide enough that they don’t create pressure points.
Significantly lighter than other shoes in this category from most competitors.
|Loses its gripping ability on smooth ice.
If being used as a tactical shoe, you will want to switch out the laces to be a bit more inconspicuous.
Foot Protection: 10/10
I put this category first for a reason. These shoes can take a beating from any angle you throw at them, and your feet won’t even notice. They’re like the Bradley tank of shoes; tough enough for just about anything, fast enough for whatever you’ll need. A completely waterproof exterior protects from rain, snow, swamps, and everything else I could test them on. As a true test of their waterproofing, I actually stomped a hole through some ice and put my foot in the ice water. I left it in the water for about 5 minutes, but my foot was still dry as a bone. Then I took a moment to thank god they held true, because there was several miles of snowy trails between me and my car when doing this brilliant test.
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