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      News — trail running

      On the hunt for our next trailblazer to join the Inov8 team!

      On the hunt for our next trailblazer to join the Inov8 team!


      We are on the hunt for a hardcore, rugged trail running athlete who embodies the spirit of adventure and resilience. We’re looking for someone who thrives on pushing their limits, conquering the toughest terrains, and inspiring others with their unstoppable drive. If you have the grit, the passion, and the determination to tackle any trail, from rocky mountains to dense forests, WE WANT YOU!

      At Inov8, we are more than just a brand - we are a community of trailblazers who push boundaries and inspire others to achieve their best. 

      What we’re looking for:

      1. Passion and Dedication: We seek athletes who live and breathe their sport, demonstrating unwavering commitment and relentless pursuit of excellence.
      2. Community Leaders: Are you a role model in your community? Do you inspire others to get active and live a healthy lifestyle? We’re looking for athletes who make a positive impact both on and off the trails. 
      3. Connecting with their audience: Your journey as an athlete should be a source of inspiration for others. We want to know your story - the challenges you’ve faced, the goals you’ve achieved, and the dreams you are chasing. 

      How to Apply:

      Applying is simple! We have created a Google Form for you to fill out with all the necessary details. Follow the link below and answer all questions with the relevant and necessary information and details. We are looking forward to your application and getting to know you better. 

      Click here to apply!


       What we offer:

      As a member of the Inov8 team, you will receive:

      1. Brand Ambassadorship: Represent Inov8 at events/races and in your community, showcasing our cutting-edge products.
      2. Exclusive Gear: We will provide you with the gear to help you perform at your best.
      3. Content Creation Opportunities: Collaborate with our team to create inspiring content that highlights your journey and the Inov8 brand.

      This is more than just a sponsorship - it’s a partnership. We are looking for someone who is as passionate about their sport as we are about excellence. This is your chance to join a dynamic team, apply now.


      Stay warm. Stay motivated.

      The Inov8 Team

      inov-8 tech talk - what do all the technologies mean?

      inov-8 grip

      We put together a short description of the main tech in order to make navigating our products easier to understand. Enjoy the tech geek session!

      In alphabetical order:

      ADAPTERFIT: Built around the natural anatomic structure of the foot, the next generation met-cradle adapts to the natural movement and swelling of the foot on longer runs.

      Arrow System: inov-8 launched the Arrow System to make navigating the range easy. As a rule 1 Arrow shoes have a 4mm heel to toe drop. 2 Arrow shoes have a 8mm drop. Can you name some exceptions? ;)

      Cleat Depth: inov-8 was born in the fells of the Lake District in England. Running in the Soft and Muddy conditions that the fells are famous for require cleats to grip to the muddy terrain. We pride ourselves on grip so we realise that each application requires a different cleat depth for optimal performance.

      DFB (Dynamic Facia Band): Delivers a kick of energy with every step.



      Gaiter Attachment Point: Many models in the range feature an easy way of connecting our All Terrain Gaiter to the shoes.



      G-Grip: (Graphene Grip) in 2018 we launched the first ever shoes using Graphene delivering the world's toughest grip. G-Series shoes are 50% stronger, 50% more elastic and 50% harder wearing than standard outer soles. 2021 sees the launch of G-Fly (Graphene infused midsole foam) for longer lasting and more comfortable cushioning.


      META-FLEX: A groove in the forefoot provides the forefoot flexibility needed to spring forward with speed and power. 

      META-PLATE: TPU rock plate gives underfoot protection and delivers a kick of energy with each step. Depending on what terrain the shoes are designed for it determines what type of META-PLATE is used.

       Outsole Rubber: Grip is not something runners think about until a foot slips and we bite the dirt. We at inov-8 pride ourselves in making the most grippy shoes for the application. see G-Grip.

      Sustainability: We live by our philosophy of an athletes’ interaction with the environment is the single most important factor when designing products. Longer lasting materials and products mean less environmental impact. By using recycled materials we reduce our impact. By supporting sustainable lifestyles we can all do our part. To read more follow this link

      Weight: We use the average weight of a size range of that model in the name. Obviously weight will vary with different sized shoes.

      Width Scale: Every foot is shaped differently. Also different applications require different width shoes. inov-8 uses a Width Scale of 1 (narrow) to 5 (wide) to differentiate.


      #GetAGrip on Trail Running!

      #GetAGrip on Trail Running!

      If you've been wanting to get a better grip on your Trail Running - whether you are a beginner to the sport or training for a 100km race - keep reading! 👀

      Two of our ambassadors, Nicolette Griffioen  & Pierre Jordaan will be hosting a series of Trail Running Camps! They'e both accomplished ultra distance trail runners & adventure racers and have a wealth of knowledge about the sport!

      The camps will take place in the Drakensberg - home to some of South Africa's most spectacular trails!  Each participant will also receive an inov-8 RaceElite Peak 2.0 and an inov-8 WRAG multi-use headwear - to the value of R750!


      All the camp details:

      Trail Basics
      Date: 12-14 March
      Location: Royal Natal National Park, Mahai Campsite
      Ideal Preparation For: 10-35km trail races
      Price: R850pp

      Trail Moderate
      Date: 20-22 March
      Location: Monk's Cowl Rest Camp
      Price: R1,500pp

      Trail Advanced
      Date: 2-4 April
      Location: Injisuthi Camp
      Price: R1,500pp

      Don't hesitate to get in touch with Pierre or Nicolette either directly, or via @mountain Abandon - they'd love to help answer your questions!