Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sneak Peak at What Inov-8 Has In Store for 2009

Inov-8 showed off some of their upcoming products at the Kendal Outdoor Retail Show (KORS) in the UK this month, and I see a couple of must-haves for my closet! Of course, I am a bit biased. But still, it looks like some great new product coming down the pipe:

A 212-gram mountain running shoe, potentially their fastest yet...

The X-Talon 212 is due out in mid-September (soon!). Also a new line-up of Women's shoes...

A 230-gram racing flat...

And some new Elite backpacks for mountain running...

VERY cool. I've got my eyes on those 212's for sure. Some of these items are slated for 2009 releases. You can check out the official press release for more info.

- SD


  1. Correct me if I'm wrong. Inov-8 shoes remind me of something that science fiction author and Byte magazine columnist Jerry Pournelle once said about English design - that if it can be designed uncomfortably and for maximum inconvenience, the British will do it. Tell me there's an Inov-8 shoe that doesn't feel like running barefoot over lava...

  2. If they made them in different widths I would be really interested in them. They just do not fit my caveman feet!

  3. I've tried the Roclite 320s. The uppers are about perfect. Midsole, low the ground and flexible on all angles, all good. But, I need a little more forefoot rock push-thru protection.

  4. That's funny about Jerry Pournelle! A classic quote. I can't vouch for other British products, but the Inov-8's fit me better than any trail running shoe I have tried (and I have tried most of them). I have the opposite problem of Keith (who probably prefers Montrails and New Balance), in that my feet are narrow. I also like a low heel.

    The new products look like an improved version of the same strategy - light, low, minimal.


  5. Thanks for the update, Scott--they sound great! I've become an Inov-8 convert via the Flyroc 310 and Terroc 330, for trail running and fastpacking. I am lustfully eyeing the Roclite 295s, but I still have some happy life in mine now! A great write-up in Trail Runner for the 295s :) --Mike V.

  6. Nice looking kicks. I would love to be able to try them on and run for a few yards before ponying up the $$$ for them. No dealers anywhere near NE Oklahoma :-(

  7. Be sure to check out the new running book entitled “100 Miles to Destiny.” If interested in purchasing a copy of the novel, please contact the author, Will McCarthy, at or call
    (650) 212 - 1955.

  8. They need more dealers!! I've been lusting after a number of the models for awhile now, but I want to fondle them and try 'em on first. I've been harassing our local running store, but if you have any pull.. Kansas City needs a dealer!

  9. To the anonymous poster whose comment I just removed -

    Happy to have controversial comments on this blog, but please sign your name. It adds a ton of integrity to what you are saying!

    Thx, SD

  10. I knew I had seen that bumbag (I believe you all them fannypacks?) somewhere?

    Inov-8 uncomfortable? Don't know how you can say that? I have a pair of terrocs 330's used now as a general camping shoe but been on various adventure races and trail marathons.

    Inov-8 Mudroc 290's. Like slippers! Done various ultra distance and 2 day mountain running events. Still wearing them despite them just about to fall off my feet after 1 year.

    The newest addition to the Inov-8 shoe stable is the Mudclaw 330. The really big beefy mountain/fell shoe, Designed to grip when going down mountains the fast way!

    Any info on how the bags differ fro the current stable? Apart from color?

  11. Hey I saw your blog and I am trying to find some Inov shoes... I have bought them before but I cannot find them in canada!
    Dean @


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