Inov-8 Trailroc 150 First Run Thoughts

edited January 2013 in Inov-8
Just got back from my first run in the Inov-8 Trailroc 150s - they have them in stock at Rogue Fitness. Only ran 3.25 miles since it was supposed to be an off day, but couldn't resist a run in new shoes!

The 150s are definitely ultraminimal, no midsole at all. There is a removable insole with a finished footbed underneath - with the insole removed there is only a thin layer of cloth and the lugged rubber outsole between your foot and the ground. The outsole is similar to that of the Trailroc 235 (which I also have), so protection is decent, but you will feel rocks, ice chunks etc. As with the 235, traction was great. About half of my run today was on rough ice and packed snow, and never had a slippage issue.

My main concern with these shoes is the upper. It's made of a plasticy mesh like in the New Balance MT00, and it creases across the forefoot when it flexes. It actually makes a noticeable sound when it does this. I worry that repeated flexing may lead to tearing, time will tell on that. On the plus side, it lacks the harder overlays on the sides of the upper of the 235 that have caused tearing as reported in the Trailroc 235 thread.

One more note of significance - the 150 is narrower than the 235, my guess is it helps to save weight (150 is 5.9oz in size 10 US). Measuring the sole across the lug row behind the "meta-flex" groove, the 150 is about 6mm narrower. However, without the insole there was plenty of room for me in the 150 - wonder if it is higher volume?

Here are a few photos - the yellow sole on the second photo is the 235, and you can tell that it's a bit wider:




  • Thanks for sharing your impressions so quickly, Pete! I've felt at times that the 235 was a little too wide for me (I run without the insoles). So, I'll be interested to see how the Trailroc 150s fit my feet. 

    How are these in the flexibility department? Would you say they're much like the Bare-X 180 when you bend and twist them?
  • Yeah, a lot like the Bare-X 180 in terms of flex. Can roll them into a ball.
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  • Thanks for the heads up Pete!

    Narrow-ish and questionable material quality; sounds like I have to pass on these, at least until I may have a chance of trying them out at a store.

    How would you compare them to the MT00's in terms of general feeling?
  • How many miles have you run in those 235? They seem a bit worn down
  • Maybe 30 miles? Not worn down much at all, just dirty :)
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  • Any additional thoughts, Pete?

    I ordered these shoes but they were the wrong size so I returned them. I didn't exchanged based upon the initial impressions I had upon trying on the shoe. The fabric seemed very inflexible.

    I was considering reordering once Running Warehouse gets them in stock.
  • Have not run in them again yet. Too many shoes!
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  • I received my pair in the mail yesterday and while I loved the fit (without the insoles) on my first run, I also question the plasticy upper. Have you had a chance to put a few more runs in with these guys on and if so, have you noticed any changes in the feel of the upper? I'm worried that they'll forever have that stiff crease going on, but everything else about them is great (so far).
  • How do they feel compared to the New Balance MT00 - in terms of flexibility and ground feel?
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