Gear Review: Inov-8 Roclite 315

Posted on 23 August 2010

As soon as it becomes more warmly outdoors, it is time to change the waterproof GTX shoes against more breathable shoes without membrane and a better lightweight design from Inov-8. For the warm season the Inov-8 Roclite 315 are my first choice. I have these shoes since some months for testing and I am very impressed of them.

The Inov-8 Roclite 315 is my favourite shoes for backpacking trips in spring, summer and maybe autumn. They have a minimal design with nice features. I was surprised about the excellent grip and perfect fit of these shoes. Furthermore the shoe nestles up to the foot and gives him very good hold in every situation because of the Met-Cradle webbing. The sole is slightly softer as in my Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX and therefore I have a better control in rough terrain. I also like the breathability of the Inov-8 Roclite 315. It is the most breathable shoe I’ve ever had. Even in very hot weather the feet do not sweat really much and dry very fast, because of the mesh uppers.

The weight of the Inov-8 was also a crucial point. My Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX weigh 460g per shoe and my Inov-8 Roclite 315 weigh 345 per shoe in size UK 11,5. That is a difference of 115g. With every step you save 115g which must not be lifted. This are 115kg after 1000 steps. With these lighter shoes you can save your health and your energy on your hiking trips.

All in all the Inov-8 Roclite 315 is one of the best trailrunner I’ve ever had. He has persuaded me on the trail with his excellent comfort. It is like a second skin on your feet. I’ve walked over 150km with the shoes and they are still looking good like on the first day. Nevertheless, the sole is more long-lasting like from some is maintained. After a longer test period I will describe my other impressions.


  • http://pig-monkey.com Pig Monkey

    Do you wear the same size in the Salomons and the Inov-8s? Thanks!

  • hrxxlight

    Yes it’s the same size

  • Roland

    The shoes in the above photos are the Roclite 315 not the Roclite 305…

  • hrxxlight

    Thx Roland. I really don’t know how this happened?????
    I have updated the text with the right designation.

    Nobody is perfect.Thx for the tip.

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