inov-8 set to rock the trail running market

To help celebrate its 20th year, inov-8 is launching an upgraded ROCLITE trail running shoe and three exciting new running packs.

Forged in the hills of the English Lake District in 2003, the brand is once again making its mark ahead of entering a third decade of innovation in June.

The ROCLITE G 275 V2 is an evolution of the popular ROCLITE G 275 and designed with the rare versatility to handle both hard and soft trails. The upgrades to the midsole and upper give the runner a better locked-in fit, greater cushioned comfort and longer-lasting durability.

rocklite G 275

Trusted by multiple race winners, the 275 has 6mm long sticky rubber studs infused with Graphene – the world’s strongest material – making them 50% harder wearing. The studs dig into softer, muddy terrain and grip tight on harder, dusty ground. The shoe launches on Thursday April 27th.

The new pack range – available to buy now – features two vest packs and one belt, all designed and tested by trail and ultramarathon runners.

The standout is the new ULTRAPAC PRO 2IN1 which, as the name suggests, offers runners two options of use. It can be used as a 5-litre sized race vest for shorter runs or, when the 7-litre compartment is clipped on, as a larger 12-litre sized pack to carry more kit on longer runs.

Designed to stretch and mould to the upper body, the breathable, zero-bounce vest pack features multiple easy-to-access pockets and allows for both poles and bottles to be stored two different ways.

The other new vest pack is the ULTRAPAC PRO 8, which can carry 8 litres of kit. The trio of new products is made up by the RACE BELT, which sits around the waist and securely carries a set of poles plus other essential items.

The ULTRAPAC PRO 2IN1 and ULTRAPAC PRO 8 are evolutions of the award-winning RACE ULTRA PRO 2IN1 and RACE ULTRA PRO 5 respectively.

inov-8 athletes Paul Tierney and Damian Hall were amongst those to test the new ULTRAPAC PRO 2IN1 in some of the world’s toughest ultramarathons, including multi-day 330km-450km Alpine races. Damian also used it at the recent Barkley Marathons.

Tierney said: “It’s the best pack I’ve ever used. I love how spacious the front pockets are, there is so much room for race nutrition and essentials. The design means that even when it’s full, it doesn’t impede arm swing like some other packs do.”

Hall added: “It offers great access to pockets for snacks and kit, versatile pole options, and holds a surprising amount overall. The fit and performance is excellent.”

More details can be found at www.inov-8.com

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