My first pair of mesh trail runners, the Salomons XA Pro 3D Ultra, are about a year old now. They are still in a fairly good shape but not good enough anymore for a 5 week trip in the rough mountainous part of Northern Norway. So I decided to search for a new pair. Why not try something different, and explore another brand? A lot of praise can be heard about the trail runners of Inov8. After a bit of research the Flyroc 310 looked to fit my needs best.
Unfortunately there are only a few stores in Belgium that list the Inov8 brand and none of them have the more interesting Inov8 shoes for serious hiking like the Roclites 285, 295, 315, the Flyroc 310 or the Terroc 330. I went to one of the Belgian retailers and searched the right fit for me in a Mudclaw 272. I asked them if they could order a Flyroc 310 but for the price they asked you can better forget about it. So I ordered my pair online in the UK.
Trail runners must be bought large. In warm weather your feet will swell and in cold environments you want to wear thick wool socks or even a gore-tex sock. In the store, wearing a thick pair of wool socks, a size UK9.5 fitted right for me so I ordered a UK10. They weigh 774g.
I’ve hiked in them all the time on the trip through the Karwendel. They fit perfect and are a joy on my feet. Rock climbing over cable sections was no problem. I even wore flexible crampons on the Flyroc’s to climb over steep frozen snow in the morning hours (more about this in a later post). They also dry out a lot faster than my XA’s after packrafting. So far they don’t show any serious trace of wear. So it seems I’ve found my perfect pair of trail runners for my upcoming long trip this summer!