After many hours of internet research, I decided to spend my birthday money on a pair of Inov 8′s road shoes.
I should caveat this review by saying that I’ve only done 3 runs so far and only 20k in total, so its very early days and the shoes need breaking in a little first.
I needed a new pair of roadshows and wasn’t sure whether inov 8′s were the way to go but I’m also thinking of investing in a pair of Mudclaw’s, so thought that it would be a good idea to try out the roadshows and check out the fit of them.
The fit is quite tight. It isn’t really a problem for me, as I haven’t got particularly wide feet but I can imagine that this may be a problem for some people with wider feet.
The shoe is really light and as the drop is only 6mm, you can really tell the difference from a normal running shoe. Even after a couple of short runs, I can feel the pull on my achilles from the extra few mm they are having to stretch down. In fact they are aching quite a bit and if you think this is after 6 months of training to run on my forefoot, I find this quite surprising. I guess this vindicates Inov 8 using their arrow system and getting you to slowly change running style.
The one negative feeling I have of this shoe, is that rubber on the base of the shoe is very hard. It almost feels like plastic!
I can’t say that I’ve had any problems with them but I don’t have the same confidence as I do with other shoes and I’m not convinced they afford the same grip as other running shoes.
I guess in the summer months, when the roads are dry, this won’t be a problem but in winter with the rain, ice and leaves, it does not make a little unsure about how much grip there is and whether there is any slippage.
Anyway, once I’ve done a few more runs, I will come back and update with my verdict.
I’ve done a number of runs in these shoes now and have to say that the jury is still out.
i did a long run on Saturday (17 miles) and have to say that they generally faired well. The conditions were very dry, which I think helped. I did get quit a bit o soreness in my Achilles afterwards. No sure if this is down to the lower drop or adjusting to long run