It was only a matter of time before Inov-8 revamped their Terroc 330 running shoe – one of the most popular shoes used by hikers who have switched from traditional hiking boots to lighterweight and faster drying trail runners. But change is bad when it comes to hiking shoes and I’m afraid that Inov-8 has gone and wrecked the Terrocs of old.
The biggest change is that the new Terrocs aren’t made out of mesh anymore.
They come in purple and orange instead of black and silver and there are a host of other changes. I could have lived with them, if Inov-8 had kept the mesh.
But no mesh? WTF were they thinking?
Luckily I have a few pairs of the old Terroc 330′s stockpiled in anticipation of this change.
Hikers bought the old-style Terrocs because they drained so well, a must-have when hiking or running cross-country.
But the new fabric on the Terrocs has a very tight weave and doesn’t drain, even when you pour water into the shoe!
The old sewn-in side compression system (left) is now printed onto the exterior fabric in the (right) new shoe – probably a cost reduction move. And that’s not all.
When famous athletes retire, their jersey numbers are too. The new Terrocs should have been given a different model number. They’re not the same shoe.
I bought these new Terroc 330s at Zappos in the US – so don’t try to buy the Black Terroc 330 model there. But chances are you can still find some of the old shoes at: