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Discussion: VJ Shoes - Sarva Xero Xante size compared to Inov-8 OROC 340

in: Orienteering; Gear & Toys

Nov 25, 2019 5:55 PM # 
I'm trying to find a replacement for my beloved (and falling apart) Inov-8 OROC 340s. VJ shoes in Europe has the Sarva Xero and Sarva Xante which may work, but they are not available in the states (sigh). I wear a US size women's 9.5 (EU 40/UK 7.5) in the OROC 340 and they were the right amount of cushioning/width for me. How do VJ shoes compare in size to Inov-8 in general? I'm pretty sure that an older 9.5 VJ Irock fit me, but now I'm not 100% sure (tried on post-A meet). Do VJ Sarva provide more cushioning than the Irock? I want a spiked orienteering shoe, but with a bit more warmth for winter ice/snow trail running and more cushioning than the Inov-8 OROC 280 V2.

Thank you,
Nov 26, 2019 12:16 AM # 
Not familiar with those VJ models but have you looked at the Inov8 Arctic Claw? It's a spiked shoe aimed at winter ice/snow trail running. Some folks use them for orienteering as well. Also do you know if your 340's are precision or standard fit? That makes some difference when comparing sizes. Based on previous discussions here it appears they were made in both.
Nov 26, 2019 4:02 PM # 
I'm not sure which they were, but they are black and orange with contour lines in the black. I would think Standard? I don't remember seeing an option for precision when I ordered them. I have ordered the Arctic Claw and am going to try them, too. Any thoughts in general on the sizing of inov-8 vs VJ? Or does it vary by specific shoe? I've found I'm pretty consistently a 9.5WUS in inov-8 between models.
Nov 26, 2019 4:11 PM # 
Looks like I ordered the Arctic Talon. Arctic Claw doesn't appear to be available anymore. Rats.
Nov 27, 2019 2:52 AM # 
I find my Arctic Talons pretty stiff for orienteering or running on anything but pretty major snow. My daughter picked up some VJs this summer (Bold?) that are super lightweight. Sizing seemed consistent with her other Inov8s.

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