This shoe feels awesome to run in; it’s light, grippy and very precise. The tread isn’t very deep but copes well in mud, and it’s also excellent on gravel, grass and rock. Inov-8's upper is lightly padded with a slim toe bumper and a Y-Lock heel; it’s comfortable and, although not very protective, the accuracy of foot placement that the shoe promotes means it’s adequate. The Power Flow midsole has a 4mm drop and provides some cushioning, while a rock plate means you won’t feel too much through the sole, and helps make it a great shoe to run in. The lacing cradles your feet securely and the fit is standard throughout.
VERDICT: Light and exciting for training or racing on any terrain.