The Roclite 305 GTX has been taken out of production, but inov-8 still makes this shoe in a non-GTX version, retailing for $130. If you're still jonesing for that all-weather protection, check out the Roclite 315 GTX, which is a similar shoe to the 305 GTX and still offers your feet shelter from the elements for $5 more.
The inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX is an all-terrain warrior. This traditional trail running shoe is our Editors' Choice winner because of its exemplary performance in the areas of foot protection and traction. We loved its waterproof features that makes trudging through streams a breeze. The outsole features three different densities of rubber that sticks to pretty much any surface (including wet rocks!). We loved the responsive midsole that keeps feet comfortable and protected on the trail. In addition, we love its balance of protection and sensitivity that makes this shoe one of the best on the market.
Though this trail trotter has many perks, it also has a few downsides. While it has great traction and protection, stability is average at best with less lateral stability than the La Sportiva Bushido - Women's and Saucony Peregrine 7 - Women's. As a result, we can't recommend this shoe as the best for technical terrain (like we would with the Salomon Speedcross 4 - Women's). It also only really fits a narrow foot best. It's a great option for any length or style of run though. Take it for your next 5K or 50 miler, over mountain passes or nicely groomed single track. Rain or shine.