For the last eight months I’ve been wearing a pair of Inov-8 Roclite 320s as my primary trail shoe. I had been watching the trend towards switching to lightweight trail runners instead of more traditional hiking shoes/boots with great interest, but I have been slow or reluctant to make the move myself, until recently.
One of the main reasons I chose the Roclite 320s was for support. I am flat footed, which means that my ankle rolls inward when I walk, called pronation. The 320s are a very stiff shoe, even now after a couple of months of wearing. They were initially too rigid in the arch and took few days of hard wearing to stop giving me a sensation of pressure in my arch – a problem I have with a lot of shoes unfortunately, but it did go away eventually.
Even though it took me a while to make the switch to trail running shoes, I’m pretty sure I could never go back to traditional boots. I feel like I’m a little late to the game, but my feet are grateful that I finally caught up with the latest foot technology, which is pretty hard to admit to as a self-confessed geek.
So, now I’m wondering, what other brands and models of trail running shoes are worth taking a look at? John has piqued my interest in Mizunos for sure and there are a lot more styles of Inov-8 shoes to consider. What other types or brands of shoes are you all liking/using right now? It would be great to know what shoes are working and what ones aren’t.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and paid for it using their own funds.