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Inov-8 Roclite 290
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Pros G-grip graphene enhanced outsole is very durable, super comfortable, low to the ground and responsiveVery protective midsole and upper, sock-like fit, grippy traction, lighter than previous versionPrecise fit, very grippy on rock, comfortable upper effectively keeps out debrisComfortable, low to the ground stability, lightweight, drains water wellSolid foot protection, good traction, drains water very well, heel collar keeps out debris
Cons Not as sticky as previous versions, not super protective underfoot or in the upperExpensive, durability concernsNarrower than average, a bit pricey, not the lightestTraction not the best on slick surfaces, light on underfoot protectionA tad heavy, not super sensitive, narrow forefoot
Bottom Line The best choice you can make if traction durability is a critical concernThe highest performing trail running shoe that also comes with the highest price tagA precise fitting shoe that translates well into high performance, as long as your feet aren’t too wideOur favorite lightweight trail runner is capable of tackling any terrainA comfortable and supremely protective shoe
Rating Categories Inov-8 Roclite 290 Salomon S/Lab Ultra 2 La Sportiva Kaptiva Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 6
Foot Protection (30%)
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Traction (20%)
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Stability (15%)
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Comfort (15%)
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Weight (10%)
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Sensitivity (10%)
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Specs Inov-8 Roclite 290 Salomon S/Lab... La Sportiva Kaptiva Nike Air Zoom... Nike Air Zoom...
Weight (per pair, size 11) 21.6 oz. 22.7 oz. 22.3 oz. 21.5 oz. 23.9 oz.
Heel-to-Toe Drop 4 mm 8 mm 6 mm 4 mm 8 mm
Stack Height (Heel, Forefoot) 17.5 mm, 13.5 mm 26 mm, 18 mm 17 mm, 11 mm 14.5 mm, 10.5 mm 22.5 mm, 14.5 mm
Upper Mesh upper with ADAPTERWEB foot cradle system Mesh Sock-Like knit Mesh Synthetic, textile
Midsole PowerFlow Compressed EVA Duel-density EV React foam, Zoom Air heel unit EVA
Outsole Tri-C Sticky Premium Wet Traction Contagrip FriXion XF 2.0 Rubber Rubber
Lacing style Traditional Kevlar Quicklace Traditional Traditional Traditional
Wide version available? No No No No No
Sizes Available 7 - 15 4 - 13 38 - 47.5 6 - 15 6 - 15
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