Gear Review: inov8 OROCS (The ones with the spikes)
I often do not have the chance to leave the office in time to go home, change, and head to running practice, so my coworkers have gotten accustomed to seeing me walk in the door in the morning in heels and a blazer and dash out the door in running spikes and tights at night.
A number of weeks ago, they were incredulous that I ran outside and I showed them my winter running shoes.
“You know, this shoe looks like someone was sitting in their living room in 1990 and a space ship landed and a creature came out, threw them a box and said I don’t have time to explain, but take this.”
Thankfully, I’M here to explain.
I won a pair of inov8 shoes at my race last fall and I knew I was going to order this pair of OROC 208 women’s running shoes the moment that I saw them on the website. The off-trail shoe is advertised on the website as the racing version of this highly durable rugged terrain orienteering shoe has been stripped down to 280g. The DWR coating repels mud and water while keeping flexibility maximised and inov-8’s new outsole technology combines a Dual-C™ outsole with tungsten carbide metal spikes delivering maximum grip in sub-zero conditions.
They had me at metal spikes.
I have been testing these beauties all winter and I have tried them on everything from a 25 km long run through ice and slush to interval sprints up a hill. I can vouch for the fact that they are indeed completely water proof – my feet stayed completely dry and warm through each run, despite running through puddles and snow drifts.
I loved the traction that they provided. On icy nights, they gripped the road and their benefits were most notable when I was turning corners. A lot of my running partners would slip out and I was able to stay upright and maintain speed. This is a huge benefit to runners dealing with ice because the extra grip assists with your stabilizing muscles and helps to prevent injury.
inov8 is known for producing a minimal shoe and I love how light the shoe is while maintaining a hearty exterior allowing me to run hard in any environment. I will certainly be taking these with my to future adventure races.
According to a quick google search, these retail at approximately $150. I’d recommend them to anyone who is going to brave the winter elements!
Have you tried an adventure racing shoe or ran in inov8s?