Inov-8 is once again pushing the boundaries of outdoor shoe design for trail runners, this time in the form of the OROC trail shoe featuring twin-spike technology.
The new concept incorporates two metal spikes into the rubber studs of the shoe, a design that inov-8 says will offer runners double the grip when it comes to unpredictable terrain.
Made specifically for frozen ground and slippery rocks, as well a high level of traction through mud, it's an upgrade that will excite the hardiest of trail runners.
Inov-8 COO Michael Price said: “Following on from our pioneering use of graphene in running, hiking and fitness footwear, we are now the first brand to use a TWIN-SPIKE design in shoes for orienteers and off-trail runners, all of whom face unpredictable terrain that is often hidden by vegetation.
“By increasing the number of spikes on each pair compared to previous models and configuring them in a way that allows the twin spikes to work in tandem, we have boosted grip levels and given these athletes the confidence to attack unpredictable off-trail terrain.”
The OROC design will be used in two new product releases: the OROC 270, a lightweight (270 grams) and snug-fitting shoe designed for speed, and the OROC ULTRA 290, a slightly weightier (290 grams) and roomier option made for increased comfort over longer distances. The OROC 270 has 48 metal spikes per pair and the OROC ULTRA 290 has 60.
Both shoes include a flexible underfoot protection plate, a POWERFLOW+ midsole for better energy return, plus super-durable upper materials that repel water and hold tough against prickly vegetation