I bought these as a lightweight non-waterproof three season trail hiker. I used them on a 19 mile hike up and down Marcy and Skylight in July (75° at base, 55° at summit). They are the lightest weight shoes that I have worn on the trail and my legs were thanking me at the end of the day. The upper mesh on these shoes is very light, breath better, and dry fast (feels much lighter than the Mudclaw or Roclite). The toe box is Inov-8's standard fit, which is quite roomy even for my wider feet and is much more comfortable (for my wider feet) compared to Mudclaw. The wider toe box paid off on my trail descent a lot by allowing forefoot strikes to splay out. They performed well in bogs, mud, and fully immersed in water (wearing technical REI socks). They retained water for about 10 minutes but were comfortable and no longer waterlogged within 20-30 minutes of hiking. The tread is sticky enough for bare rock scrambling and descent on wet rocks in the Adirondacks. When trying these on, the treads felt less sticky than the Mudclaws but much more sticky than the Trailrocs. The shoes have little cushioning and a relatively low rise but I have high arches, decent ankle strength, and I found these worked very well on my hike (fair amount of rock scrambling). They run small and while I normally take a 10° in all other shoes, the 11 fit me best in these shoes.
Felt a half size smaller than marked
Felt wider than marked
Moderate arch support
High quality product, Material is solid. Traction is excellent. The toe box is wide. I have the Brooks pure grit 3, which I really love and these inov-8's are on par. Did some sprints and they felt good! Have not done any trail runs yet but sure they will do great.
Felt true to size
Felt true to width
These are nice lightweight hiking or trail running shoes. I like the tread grip, and that the drop is not so large, so the shoe feels natural walking. They are wide enough in the toe area for my toes to feel free.