First off, I wanted to thank my bro Clayton for getting these boots for me, and I want to thank INOV-8 as well for sending us three pairs of boots and shoes to rate. So, let’s get into talking about this boot. In the short YouTube video I did a quick assessment of the boot and by leaning on my background with footwear I knew this was going to be a model that I instantly liked. This boot is a transition between a running shoe and a walking boot. The company designed this boot for people who intend to move quickly and efficiently over mixed terrain.
I wore the boots everywhere. It didn’t matter if I was wearing it to wash the car on top of concrete or taking it out for a long hike on rocky trail. I put this boot to the test. Right off the bat I liked the look and thankfully the fit was perfect. They are very stylishly designed with clean and simple lines; looks good when worn with jeans, tactical style trousers, or even your shorts.
I liked the softness of the thin outer material The boots are made with a lightweight, breathable, mesh upper that encapsulates the foot yet isn’t too restrictive when your foot undulates as it strikes the ground. There is minimal internal movement. I didn’t even bother to break them in. They felt very comfortable over my toe box, mid-foot and heel. The shoes can be ordered in a standard fit or a wider fit for those who want to avoid slippage or tightly fitting boots. The boot’s support should be good enough for most people.
The boots come with a nice solid GORE-TEX® reinforced toe-box. I discovered the protection to be very adequate after I stuck a tree branch on my hike this morning. The GORE–TEX membrane provides a good waterproof barrier. I wore them through part of the summer and my feet never overheated. If you get your feet wet the boots will dry quickly. One thing I noticed on today’s hike. I wore them with shorts and short socks. I felt the collar could have been made a bit taller because debris kept falling into it a few times as I crossed through bush. However, if you’re not stomping through dry grass, or dusty trail where pebbles have a habit of getting inside footwear it’s likely you’ll be fine. Excellent for running trail across rocky crags and most loose soil.
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