The Maverick inov-8 Sussex Results are in! Download here
I always run on muddy trails and roads, even on the wettest or coldest of winter days. I aim for every river I see, even if it’s a mud bath or there’s ice on it. Warm feet are therefore necessary for me! I love to wear neoprene socks or toe-socks as these beat the cold and the wet mud… plus they protect me from getting sand between my toes. Hopefully inov-8 will have their own neoprene socks out soon… watch this space!
I’ve now put 400 miles in these shoes and ran in this shoe at the Dorset CTS Ultra. My first ultra marathon at 33 miles in which I had them on my feet for 5:54:54. Click on that to view the evidence! So this is sort of a, ‘how have they and did they perform’ type post as well as a review. Let’s get into it.
Our new partners, inov-8, have they kindly supplied us with some new shoes to test! Having looked through their new range I was drawn to and intrigued by the new Roclite range. Personally its not a shoe I would normally consider in their range as the RaceUltra, X-Talon and MudClaw have always been my go-to shoes. Having had some issues with the achilles I wanted to try a shoe from inov-8 with a little more drop and cushioning. So my choice was the Roclite 305 with 8mm of drop, 6mm foot bed and 6mm lug depth, for 80% of the trails we have in the UK this shoe looked to be the business!
I was lucky enough to go to Cape Town in March this year, and it has to be one the most incredible cities I have ever been too. James, a mate from university had a house in Camps bay, with Table Mountain leaning over you from behind, and the ocean expanding out in front, the place was beautiful. Few pointers on CT, wine tours are ludicrously cheap, and the wine is fantastic. The nightlife is equally good, although being used to London prices for alcohol and food, I did often find myself with more drinks to hand than planned. With Table Mountain imposing itself of every vista in the city, it was only a matter of time before I had convinced James that it would be a good idea to run up it……
According to some folks (me included), my home town of Durban, South Africa, has the best climate in the world. We really only have two seasons: half the year is hot with some rain; the other half is hot, with less rain. This makes Durbanites notoriously feeble in cold climates, but able to endure soaring temperatures without complaint. So it’s fair to say that I presumed I was ready for the conditions of my first race back home in South Africa.
I was completely thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for Maverick, as initially I didn’t quite make the cut. Having read the other ambassadors stories of multiple marathons, ultra events and trail races I can see why I wasn’t an obvious choice. I am extremely new to the trail running and relatively inexperienced in long distance events having completed just the singular marathon. But what I lack in experience I certainly make up in enthusiasm and overwhelming excitement for the whole of next year.
Having enjoyed a successful year in 2016, Maverick Race has now joined forces with trail running powerhouse brand inov-8 for the upcoming 2017 season. Born in the UK in 2003, inov-8 has carved a reputation for delivering off-road running footwear with unrivalled grip as well as award-winning apparel and equipment. The brand will be the title sponsor of Maverick Race’s Original Series and will also be involved with the new X Series.
A long term admirer of this race series – I finally found a window to run my first Maverick Race. And it was awesome. The elite men’s AR team (loose term!) travelled down in the Brojan mobile to battle it out over the long course at the Maverick Kent.