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      How to choose the perfect inov-8 shoe

      How to choose the perfect inov-8 shoe

      We always recommend that you visit a reputable running specialist. They will be able to assess your foot shape, gait and many other factors and to let you try on a few different options. (Please email hello@inov8sa.co.za if you need help locating a specialist near you.)

      Secondly we suggest that you go with the most comfortable shoe for you considering the terrain that you want to explore. If all your friends wear model X but it does not suit your foot (or your intended purpose) then you should consider something else.

      Once you have considered the above then the below info will  help you navigate the inov-8 range.

      Trail Shoes:

      inov-8 models are specifically engineered for different applications and terrain. 

      ROCLITE classic, multi-terrain weapon. Great on rocky and technical trails, good META-PLATE underfoot protection. A firm favourite for trail runners and walkers for on and off trail use. Also available in the Gore-Tex waterproof hiking boot options. Graphene sole unit. 3/5 (medium) width, Drop: 1 arrow (4mm) or 2 arrow (8mm) Highly recommended for: Multi-Terrain 

      TRAILROC™ is designed for hard and rocky ground and long distances. The highest level of META-PLATE underfoot protection and graphene grip combines to make a shoe ideal for our tough conditions. 3/5 (medium) width, Drop: 2 arrow (8mm)  Highly recommended for: Hard and Rocky 

      TRAILTALON™ delivers perfect fit and comfort. Next generation ADAPTERFIT™ technology sees the fit of the shoe adapt as the foot swells on longer distance runs. Dynamic Fascia Band assists in the natural motion of your foot. 4/5 (wide) width, Drop: 2 arrow (8mm) or 1 arrow (4mm) Highly recommended for: Path and Trails

      TERRAULTRA™ High levels of shock absorption without compromising ground feel. Perfect balance between superior comfort and flexible responsiveness. Zero drop, wide toe box, Graphene grip sole unit make this the ultra distance shoe of choice. 5/5 (wide) width, Zero drop, Graphene sole unit, Dynamic Fascia Band. Highly recommended for: Path and Trails

      X-TALON™ is the birthplace of the brand. Super technical lightweight shoes for those that require the highest level of performance. Equally at home on technical terrain and boggy fells. 2/5 (precision) width, Graphene Grip, one piece upper, 2 arrow (8mm) drop, META-PLATE Highly recommended for: Soft and Muddy

      Fitness:

      F-LITE™ the first specifically designed fitness shoe introduced in 2009 in the F-lite 195. It is reintroduced with a Graphene sole in the F-LITE G 230. We range the 245 and 235 models. Lightweight, versatile, grippy and breathable. Perfect for gym use. 3 - 5/5 (medium to wide) width, 1 arrow (3/4mm drop)

      BARE-XF  super lightweight, close to the ground design. Perfect for a wide range of functional movements, bare-foot walking/running, yoga and more. 4/5 (wide) width, Zero drop, ROPE-TEC

       

      Ambassador Q&A - Bradley Claase

      Ambassador Q&A - Bradley Claase

      Bradley Claase

       

      Currently living in  Meyersdal, Johannesburg! Get to know our OCR and trail running athlete, Bradley Claase.
       

      Question and Answer

      ABOUT INOV-8

      Which are your go-to inov-8 shoes?
      My Trail Talon 290s are always in my car ready for any adventure, any terrain, anytime. A very diverse shoe I've used in training and racing from speed workouts to ultra distance races like K-Way SkyRun.

      What is your favourite piece of inov-8 gear? 

      Probably my hydration pack purely because I can carry everything I need where ever I choose to run. Like running home from a car service.


      What’s the one thing you think that people don’t know about the inov-8 brand? 

      How diverse the inov-8 shoes and technical apparel are. The details in the shoes like gator hooks, the arrows indicating the heel to toe drop and all the details in the apparel that you only really appreciate when they are put to the test in tough conditions. Comfort it key and every detail helps.

       

      A BIT MORE ABOUT YOU!

      If you weren’t running or doing OCR, what other sport would you have done? 

      I played cricket and soccer back in my school days. I was really serious (so I thought) about cricket until my love for running took over.

      When did you get into Running? 

      I grew up watching my parents race Comrades on TV so I was always exposed to running and the lifestyle. I started cross country and athletics in primary school. I did my first social OCR event in 2014.

      Can you remember your first race? 

      My first cross country race I just remembering suffering and wondering how on earth the other boys ran so fast… then I started training.

       

      Tell us about your Monday mornings - what do they look like for you? 

      Mondays set up my week. 5am wake up with a nice cup of black coffee while the house is calm and quiet. This is the time I get to myself and gather my thoughts before I head out for an easy run.

      Running first thing in the morning aligns my thoughts for the day and boosts my overall focus and energy for the day. Quick shower and have breakfast with the family before I take my little boy to school on my way to work.

       

      What is your ultimate/dream outdoor-adventure trip? 
      A trail or OCR racing weekend away with my family racing in the mountains.
      If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat? 
      Homemade blueberry  flapjacks, with yogurt and maple syrup. 
      Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? 
      I’m pretty good at pool/snooker.

      If you were stranded on a tropical island what 2 things would you want with you? 
      My running shoes and a fishing rod.

      If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be? 

      Nut butter.


      Biggest pet peeve? 

      When people have dirty shoes (except for when on the trails).

       
      RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS!
      Cats or dogs? 
      Dogs
      Ocean or mountains? 
      Sho.... mountains with an ocean view.
      Watch a movie or read a book? 
      Movie
      Rock climbing or surfing? 
      Surfing if I could.
      Summer or winter? 
      Summer
      Morning person or night owl? 
      Morning
      Braai vleis or roast veg? 
      Braai vleis
      Yoga or weight training? 
      Weight Training
      Gels or real food when racing? 
      Both
      Ability to fly or ability to be invisible?
      Fly
      Talking to animals or the ability to speak every single language? 
      Talking to animals.
      Coffee or tea? 
      Coffee in morning tea in evening
      Zero degrees or 38 degrees celsius? 
      38
      Find Bradley on these channels:
      Instagram -  @bclaase 
      Twitter -  @bradley_claase
      Facebook - Bradley Claase OCR

      Ambassador Q&A - Siviwe Nkombi

      Ambassador Q&A - Siviwe Nkombi

      Siviwe Nkombi

       
       
      Currently living in Mfuleni, Cape Flats! Get to know our trail running athlete, Siviwe Nkombi.
       

      Question and Answer

      ABOUT INOV-8
      Which are your go-to inov-8 shoes?
      My Trail Talon 290s are always ready. However I have just received my personalised pair of TrailFly Ultra G 300 Max which I am very excited about. I plan to take them out this afternoon!
      What is your favourite piece of inov-8 gear? 
      Stormshell waterproof jacket.

      What’s the one thing you think that people don’t know about the inov-8 brand? 
      People don’t know that inov-8 is the best brands among others in the world.
       
      A BIT MORE ABOUT YOU!
      If you weren’t running or doing OCR, what other sport would you have done? 
      Cycling and soccer.
      When did you get into Running? 
      From the age of 12 years old.
       
      Can you remember your first race? 
      Yes it was the 5000m track event back in high school.
       
      Tell us about your Monday mornings - what do they look like for you? 
      OK! My Mondays are a follows: I normally go for a 1h10 run. That gives me 20 km every Monday morning.
      In the afternoon I do an easy 40min for 10 km.
       
      What is your ultimate/dream outdoor-adventure trip? 
      My ultimate dream is still to run one of the UTMB trail races in France.
      If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat? 
      I would eat Italian Pizza.
       
      Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? 
      Yes I was a soccer star with position no 9.

      If you were stranded on a tropical island what 2 things would you want with you? 
      My mobile phone and running shoes. Hahahaha

      If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be? 
      Gold.

      Biggest pet peeve? 
      Dogs!
      (Siviwe was bitten by a dog at the OFTC 2019 and had to stop – ed)
       

      RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS!

      Cats or dogs? 
      Dogs
      Ocean or mountains? 
      Mountains
      Watch a movie or read a book? 
      Book
      Rock climbing or surfing? 
      Rock Climbing.
      Summer or winter? 
      Summer
      Morning person or night owl? 
      Morning
      Braai vleis or roast veg? 
      Braai vleis
      Yoga or weight training? 
      Yoga
      Gels or real food when racing? 
      Real Food
      Ability to fly or ability to be invisible?
      Invisible
      Talking to animals or the ability to speak every single language? 
      Talking to animals.
      Coffee or tea? 
      None.
      Zero degrees or 38 degrees celsius? 
      Zero degrees
      You can follow Siviwe on:
      IG: @siviwe_nkombi90