Inov-8 has rocked the ultralight shoe market over the last few years by applying the less is more philosophy to trail running shoes. With designs long praised by fell runners in the UK, Inov-8 shoes have been gaining favor among the ultralight backpacking community as well. In fact, Scott Williamson used Inov-8 Flyroc’s on his 191-day record-breaking yo-yo of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2006 (stay tuned for an upcoming podcast with Scott and Backpacking Light in a few weeks).
Inov-8 expands their RocLite line into new arenas with a mid-height shoe that some will think of as an ultralight boot. At only 390 grams, the RocLite 390 GTX offers a waterproof-breathable lining, ankle support and padding, and its signature flexiblity, engineered fascia banding sole, and sticky rubber. Also improved: more durable lugs that aren’t prone to the breakage of earlier shoes in the RocLite line.
Not interested in the extra boot height, but still want a GTX shoe? The new RocLite 325 GTX – a low top for winter runners weighing only 325 grams may be just what you are looking for and will be available in August.