When it comes to off-road running and extreme sports footwear products, Inov-8 is the unbeatable champ. Founded in 2003 in England’s last Wilderness, the North Pennines, Inov-8 has passionately continued to provide runners and sports enthusiasts the best footwear for lightweight trail running, fell running, parkour hiking and adventure racing to this very day.
Inov-8 shoes are extensively tested by international athletes to ensure that each type of footwear performs as it should. This makes Inov-8 a great reliable brand in the UK and the US. It is becoming quite popular in the other parts of the world as well.
Benefits of Wearing Inov-8 Shoes
- Provides natural alignment when contouring.
- Specially designed outsoles offer extra performance and grip on race day.
- Gives feet the freedom to move and function as nature intended.
- Protects feet from harsh external environment experienced by the off road runner.
- Perfect combination of materials gives a high level of comfort.
Why Inov-8 Shoes?
Inov-8 shoes were developed and designed to optimize your performance. The uppers of the shoes are exceptionally efficient. Couple this with the mesh in the forefront and tongues and you will just love the experience of maximum breathability helping you run at your best. Running in the water creates a pumping motion that pushes out water from the shoes and allowing it to dry quickly.
Inov-8 footwear’s lace webbing design provides a secure heal and forefoot hold while maintaining the natural alignment of the metatarsals. This helps prevent blistering as well as keeps the toes from bashing the toe-box when descending. The back of the shoes are also cleanly cut which gives your achilles tendon high levels of comfort and minimum restriction especially when running down hill.
Dr. William Rossi in a 1999 article in Podiatry Management said it best with regards to going barefoot :
It took 4 million years to develop our unique human foot and our consequent distinctive form of walk, a remarkable feat of bioengineering. Yet, in only a few thousand years, and with one carelessly designed instrument, our shoes, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human walk, obstructing its engineering efficiency, afflicting it with strains and stresses and denying it its natural grace of form and ease of movement head to foot.
Inov-8 Shoes have been designed with much flexibility and comfort. It even features fine tuning capabilities that allow you to alter the shape to the exact contours of your heel. This freedom simulates the experience of running and walking barefoot and ultimately lead you to perform better.
Inov-8 Shoe Styles
Inov-8 has produced quite of number of shoe styles for varying recreational activities in addition to terrain considerations, all innovative products that are functional and lightweight products that will enhance your performance and enjoyment. As Inov-8’s popularity has grown exponentially, so has their shoe styles. In fact, there are now over 30 unique shoe styles that you can choose from. Rather than list all the different Inov-8 styles we have highlighted the most popular below:
The Inov-8 X-talon 212 was built for speed and accuracy. It is easily the lightest trail running shoes. This is all thanks to its ultrathin upper which is more like a sleeve for your foot. It is not only very light but it also provides trail-runner stability. The X-talon 212 provides extraordinary grip that is great for wet roots and rocks. It has also proved to be excellent for cross country runs.
|Inov-8 X-talon 212 for Men/Women|
|Inov-8 Roclite 318 GTX Men/Women|
|Inov-8 Women’s Flyroc 284|
The Inov-8 Mudclaw 330 is an extremely durable and aggressively outsoled shoe that is just incredible for fell/hill/mountain or orienteering. The Mudclaw 330’s widely spaced lugs refrain from collecting mud and rocks in addition to aiming to give you maximum traction. Synthetic upper has dual layer mesh for comfort and protection. The Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 is ideal for ascending, descending and contouring on steep wet mixed terrain, especially grass and mud.
|Inov-8 Mudclaw 330|