I recently had a conversation with someone from the U.K. who was wearing Inov-8 running shoes. He was under the impression that they hadn’t really made too much inroads into the U.S. market as they had in other parts of the world. However, I assured him, that while they may not have as much volumes as some more widely carried brands, they absolutely have a very dedicated following. With that said, and as odd as it may seem, the shoe I’m taking a look at today will be the first ever Inov-8 product to be reviewed by the Gearist crew. Based out of Crook, County Durham in the U.K. Inov-8 is a company who makes a point of building products that truly keep runners in touch with the ground. Without any further ado, let me introduce you to the Trailroc 285 from Inov-8.

Now we come to the price of the Inov-8 Trailroc 285 which comes in at $150 (PLEASE CHECK THE LINKS BELOW FOR DIFFERENT PRICING). This is a bit steep in my opinion. With that said, I do think this shoe offers a lot but I think that the feel of simplicity in function may leave some people wondering about the validation of the price. I’m not saying it’s not worth it, I just think that it’s a shoe that may turn off some with the price and I think that many of that same number may actually love the shoe if they just had the chance – at a lower price point – to try it out.
This is a good shoe and I’ve really enjoyed my first time in a pair of Inov-8 running shoes. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this, and other shoes in the brand’s lineup evolve and get even more visibility in the U.S. market.

Do you run in Inov-8 running shoes? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!

When you’re looking for a trail shoe, do you like a lot of material to go with your cushioning or do you prefer a bit less underfoot? Tell us in the comments!

Check out the Inov-8 Trailroc 285 at the links below!*

*when you shop through these links, you get the best price and the retailers show Gearist some love with no cost to you – it’s a win-win!

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

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