The Trailroc family of trail shoes from Inov-8 were a huge success five years ago. Both in sales and also race results. The Trailroc is back in 2017! Having undergone a complete redesign resulting in more protection, more comfort, greater energy return and the same fantastic grip over rocky, hard-packed terrain that are the staple of South African trails.
The great success of the Trailroc is based on its superior grip on hard and rocky terrain. The outsole is filled with small, multifaceted studs that cut through any terrain debris and grip firm to the hard trail underneath. The studs are placed in a pattern that ensures no debris clogs up between them. The many studs also help dispel downward pressure when a runner’s foot lands on the trail.
Using three sticky rubber compounds increases the grip and durability. The hardest, most durable rubber is on the heel, with a softer rubber up the centre for increased traction and a medium rubber on the edges for grip and security with every foot strike.
Inside the midsole we have the next generation Dynamic Fascia Band rock plate that delivers the ultimate underfoot protection, so a runner feels no pain from sharp rocks. The band also flexes with the foot’s natural running gait, delivering a kick of energy with every stride.
The super-robust external rubber toecap protects the toes and shoes from rocks and other debris that may be accidentally kicked or tripped over.
The biggest design improvement from the previous incarnation of the Trailroc is the new Powerflow+ midsole, which delivers 10% better shock absorption and 25% better energy return than standard midsoles.
The external heel counter wraps around the rear of the shoe and provides support in the heel. Delivering this extra hold aids foot stability and helps a fatigues runner maintain a better gait.
Aiding this support is the new, improved Met-Cradle+, which wraps around the midfoot, from the laces to the midsole, ensuring a secure, locked down fit for the foot and extra support for the arch of the foot.
The lightweight, breathable upper material is seam-free, so there is no irritation for the foot inside the shoe.