Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 138

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Skora Core Ecco Biom Lite Helion Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 138 best road shoes of 2013 summer buyers guide

Skora Core, Ecco Biom Lite Helion, Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 138    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Seasoned minimalist runners.

THE TEST: Inov-8 shoes were the biggest surprise hit this year. The narrow last is snug, responsive, and anatomically perfect, like a race flat, and the four-millimeter EVA foam midsole and thin fabric overlays hark back to the ur-minimalism of 1970s Onitsuka Tigers (read: low, flat, fast, and fun). While heel strikers will be heartily spanked, efficient midfoot landers will find this to be the smoothest rolling of any of the zero-drops here. The best part: at less than five ounces, this shoe is begging to hammer.

THE VERDICT: Best zero-drop road shoe we tested this year. 4.9 oz.


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