Now in the Lakes with the family and decided to spend some time going around the outdoor shops in Keswick today. My TNF Hedgehogs are starting to wear quite a bit on the soles, so I decided to look at Inov 8’s amongst others and ended up buying a pair of Terroc 345 GTX trail shoes. A tech sheet is downloadable from the website.
These are an attractive looking lightweight Goretex lined trail shoe weighing 345g. They are waterproof, breathable and incorporate a Polymer shank positioned behind the metatarsal heads providing underfoot protection.
I decided to go for the Goretex liner as I don’t like to walk with wet feet, and I don’t find Seal Skinz socks that comfortable to wear. This time of year – it may be OK to use unlined trail shoes, but I am looking to use these well into the autumn/winter period and I think this is the only realistic option for me – others may have different opinions – very interested to hear your comments.
They felt pretty comfortable in the shop wearing a pair of Teko merino midweight hiking socks – if slightly odd in that they grip around the top part of the foot and are looser around the toes. The sales guy in the shop said that this is the fit with Inov 8’s – I don’t know if this is true. Walking around the camp site this evening with them, the left foot felt comfortable, but slightly loose on the right foot. I may need an insert just to tighten this up or wearing maybe my Smart wool socks which are thicker than the Teko’s will do the trick. I am going out in them tomorrow – so I will report back on how I get on with them.