Inov-8 RocliteTM 268′s are a lightweight (9.5 ounces) women specific shoe. They hold tight around your ankles and have plenty of room in the toebox. The sizes run standard. I wear the same size as I would wear in any other name brand shoe. The soles are sticky and have plenty of protection on the toe for the rocks and roots.
First off – I love the brilliant navy and bright blue color. They are a good looking trail shoe. I always get compliments on them from runners and non-runners when I wear them around town. I know this doesn’t matter on how well they handle on the trail but us gals like to look good, so the super cute design is important.
I had great results running many different terrains. I wore them for training on the Ice Age trail where you will find dirt single track, rocky areas, mud, and open prairie. The flexible sole gives me great “feel” for the trail. My feet adjusted to every rock or root making me feel light and fast as I cruise through the trail. They breath great in hot weather. Plus, if I step in a puddle they dry out immediately.I also wore the RocliteTM 268′s at a 100 mile race in the Ozarks. It was called Pumpkin Holler 100. The course was on dirt roads with fine gravel to big rocks. The race director had advised people to wear gaiters with there shoes. I chose to wear the Roclites without gaiters because I was confident they would keep the debris out. They did! I finished the race with smooth, blister free feet and no lost toenails. Here is a picture of my feet the day after the race.
I tested the RocliteTM 268′s through out my 2011 racing season and they have now become my “go to” shoe. I nicknamed them my long distance racing flats.
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