|Trailroc 235's after another satisfying run
- Zero drop allows natural biomechanics
- Grip on any terrain and in all conditions
- Lacing system holds foot well
- Water drains really quickly
- Foot remains well ventilated
- Comfortable to wear for long distances
- No blisters or hot-spots
- Flexible for a trail shoe
- Correct level of protection for technical trails
- Look sexy!!! Fantastic aesthetics
- Removable insoles for custom fit and preferences
- Ever so slightly too much cushioning for non-technical trails
- The shape could be slightly improved to allow a little more toe-splay
I have fallen in love with this trail shoe. I wasn't sure if I would get on with it at first due to the slightly too narrow forefoot and toe box, but as I have put in more K's it has become more and more comfy to wear. I now put them on, lace them up and off I go no problems. It is only on slightly longer runs I occasionally think to myself how I would prefer a slightly wider toe box. I also think that a slight reduction in cushioning would benefit these shoes especially on non-technical trails. As my K's are being logged in these and the VFF Spyridons, I do notice better proprioception in the Fivefingers. This said, I also notice sharp stones and sticks more in the VFF too, so it all comes back to the fine line between protection and grip vs ground feel and feedback. One shoe will never satisfy everyone, so it's up to the individual to make this decision themselves, taking into account their terrain and distances.
|The grip of the Trailroc 235's is perfect for my needs
Not as extreme as the Baregrip 200 but enough for most trail situations. It has not let me down yet and I have been out in pouring rain across the middle of fields. The mud doesn't seem to accumulate on the bottom too much and the studs are well spaced to provide traction on flats as well as up and down steep slopes. They are also comfy to wear when running on the roads as there are enough studs to form a level base to contact the hard-flat road surface safely and stick to it. Minimalist shoes have always let themselves down when it comes to grip, but the Trailroc 235's are different.
Finally, Inov-8 have created a trail shoe that meets our needs in all the important areas including grip and protection.
I have run on grass, mud (and I mean sloppy, deep and slippy mud!!!), pavement, leaves, through water and down stony and rocky tracks and these shoes did not disappoint. The negatives are far outweighed by the positives and really only need finite alterations to make this the ideal trail shoe for a variety of terrains and distances. I hear news of a Trailroc 150 coming out around February time, reducing the cushioning and upper material to dramatically reduce weight and increase proprioception. This could well be the shoe we have all been looking for, but time will tell. As I mentioned in the comments section on my last post:
"If they are a slightly more minimal version of the 235's I will love them I am sure. Hopefully they will not go too minimal as did NB with the MT00 release after the successful MT10's. With a trail shoe it is a fine balance of protection, grip and going too far either way beyond this. So far the VFF Spyridon LS and the Trailroc 235's are the clear winners for me running in English countryside and mud. This said, a mid-ground between the two would be even better; more grip than the Spyridon but less cushioning and a wider fit than the 235's. I am being fussy though".
Happy running everyone!
|My Trailroc 235's hanging out to dry after another wet and muddy run