|This is what they looked like originally...|
Well. They've done 630km, and their last race was Jura, a race which tends to trash shoes that are even at the beginning of their life. I suspected they even in the state they were in at the beginning of the race, they might end up very broken indeed by the end of it. I then used them as my chosen footwear for guiding a group across the first 2 legs of the welsh 3000's.
I've not really spared these shoes in life. They've been battered across all kinds of terrain from the bogs of the peak to gritstone in the rhinogs, scrambling in the Lakes and North Snowdonia. They have raced, they have trained, and they have definitely been used. A lot.
I think they first got used at the FRA relays in October last year, so that's 9 months of use.
To be honest, even with the drubbing they've got, the uppers are still in pretty good nick, it is only really the soles that have suffered.
To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised when they stood up to the rigours of Wales and various other tests. But it wasn't until a month ago that I started to see the studs beginning to rip from the bottom of the sole unit. Jura was going to be the final test - and it tested them.
Studs are now either worn down, or as close to being shredded off as they can be without actually falling off. I suspect that the next decent run is going to shear off about 7 or 8 studs.
Still, they have been of good service.
|Shredded grip on the outside of the shoe|
|Bits of the upper are a little worse for wear from Jura...|
|The centre studs are no more|
One minor alteration that I made was the changing of the laces. I had a pair of Baregrips a while back, trashed them, but retained the laces. They are way better at actually tightening up around the foot, as the yellow laces supplied with the 300s are exceptionally stiff, and I find that once laced up, I have to run about 2km in them, they go baggy and I have to relace them to be race tight.
|Relaced with Baregrip laces|
To be honest, they've gone about the same distance as my X-talon 212's had when they got retired from "active service". (I still use them as flats for morning runs when it's not going to be muddy).
|You can clearly see a dual compound type thing going on with the studs|
So it would seem that Inov8s appear to have a life span of about 5-600km (thats 3-400 miles in old money). Somewhere around 22p a mile, if you want to be really cost analysis-y about it.
22p for amazing grip in the wet and mud, with good grip on dry rock, and passable grip on wet rock (ie. not entirely ice skate like- but at least better than some others I have come across), that's really pretty good when you consider the abuse they have gone through.
These shoes have done some decent races, and some good long runs... they'll now be put out to pasture, mainly being dry hill rep shoes.
I have another pair waiting in the wings - got them cheap from someone who no longer runs, so I look forward to breaking them as well.
|Still good studs on the inside of the left shoe. I evidently don't use that bit of shoe as much as other bits.|