We had seen the gear at trade shows but now it is official, Inov-8 has just released their first ever apparel range to the trail running market.
As it celebrates its tenth anniversary, the British brand is branching out, introducing a full range of products for mountain running athletes. True to Inov-8’s roots, the new jackets, base layers, shorts, tees and tights are minimalistic and light-weight.
Alex Nichols, Inov-8 athlete, said:
The range is ultra-comfortable and lightweight. You can tell it has been designed with the hardcore runner in mind and features things other companies often forget – like elasticated hems and the small stuff sacks which many of the items can be packed into. It feels fast to run in and because it is athletic-fitting it never gets in the way of natural movement. […]
Some of the most interesting pieces of the collection are probably the jackets. The Race Elite Thermoshell with Revershell technology. It comes with air permeable Primaloft Sport technology on one side and Pertex Quantum on the other. The idea is to wear it on one side or the other depending on the condition. Interesting concept, although I would like to test it myself to see if it works as advertised.
The two other jackets are the 70g Race Elite Windshells and the Race Elite Stormshell waterproof jacket, 150g. If they can deliver those kind of weights without compromising on the effectiveness of the jackets then we might have so seriously interesting kit for ultralight backpacking.