Inov-8 will introduce Gore-Tex XCR in three shoe models in fall 2006. The shoes also include a patent pending detachable integrated gaiter system. The shoes are the roclite 295 GTX (a 10.4 oz racing shoe), roclite 335 GTX (a 11.2 oz adventure racing shoe), and the flyroc 345 (a 12.6 oz trail running shoe). The gaiter system is slick. What appears to be a very fine black line around the ankle opening, is a plastic groove. The gaiter has a matching “tongue” setup that is carefully fed into the groove and worked around the ankle opening. The prototypes I saw were fresh from overseas and there may be some more tweaking. As is, it looks like some care will be required to attach the gaiters, but once on they will be quite secure. The tongue and groove system is reminiscent of the Timberland Delerion Pro’s gaiter attachment system but offering more water resistance for the shoe/gaiter system. The inov-8 gaiters are fabricated of a single piece of stretch Gore-Tex XCR, with welded Velcro front closure. The extruded plastic tongue may also be welded on in the production models so chances of water incursion are reduced.
These shoes look to be a beautiful, lightweight answer for running and lightweight backpacking in shallow snow conditions.
Features and Specifications
- Weight roclite 335 GTX: Men’s size US 9 (UK 8), 320 grams (11.2 oz)
- Sizes US Men: 5-13 (including half sizes), 14
- Sizes US Women: 6.5-11 (including half sizes)
- Purpose: waterproof/breathable trail running and adventure racing shoe with detachable integrated gaiter system for muddy, wet, and deep snow conditions
- Features: Fascia-band, Gore-Tex XCR shoe and detachable integrated gaiter (sretchable), sticky rubber outsole, endurance last
- Available: Fall 2006
- MSRP: unknown
Three new Gore-Tex shoes from inov-8 due out fall 2006: roclite 335 GTX with integrated gaiter attached, roclite 295 GTX, flyroc 345 GTX.