The Trailroc collection by Lake District-based fell running brand Inov-8 has been around for a few years now. One of the earlier models in fact managed to make it into one of our previous editions of the Outdoor 100. Now for 2020, there’s a new model, one that boasts a breakthrough new material in its sole.
Who Is The Inov-8 Trailroc 280 For?
Speaking broadly, this is a shoe for trail, mountain and fell running. More specifically, it’s a shoe for runners venturing onto hard and rocky terrain. If you’re familiar with the trails around Wasdale in the Lake District, particularly the rocky, bouldery and compacted one that leads up Scafell Pike, we’d say this shoe would be right at home there.
Materials And Construction
We should of course highlight the new and crucial ingredient first. That’s graphene – the world’s toughest material. Funnily enough, this has its origins in the Lake District as well. It was created/discovered back in 2004 when a team of Uni of Manchester researchers managed to isolate the ‘stronger-than-steel’ carbon compound from some graphite mineral they’d dug up from a Cumbrian hillside. Since then, that compound has gone on to be used in all kinds of things, but Inov-8 were the first ones to stick it into shoe soles.
“The upper has a tough, durable and structured feel to it but without making the Trailroc feel heavy.”
We’ve already seen it used in Inov-8s Roclite 345 walking boots and the super impressive Inov-8 Terraultra G 260 and the brand seem likely to be sticking with it for good now.