Price: $160 Arch Support: Neutral Weight: 270g Drop: 4mm
Reviewer: Shauna Gersbach – elite runner, winner 2005 Calgary Marathon
IMPACT Rating: 3.75 out of 5 RunRepeat.com Rating: N/A
The Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 is an average-weight trail running shoe ideal for hard-packed trails. It fits comfortably snug, and was well suited to my narrow foot. The shoe is moderately cushioned, with a lower profile compared to some trail shoes, so it is still quite responsive. When running, I felt a slight disconnect between the heel and the forefoot, so the ride did not feel as smooth as some other shoes.
The upper shoe has a seamless construction, designed to keep out debris such as rocks or twigs. It seemed to do the job as I had no concerns running on the trails in North Vancouver. A really neat feature that I did not try was Inov-8’s custom gater, which can attach directly to the shoe. This would be helpful for rainy or muddy days.
The traction was average, so I might not choose this shoe for running down shale. This shoe would be great for long-distance runners who tend to heel strike and who primarily run on hard-packed trails.
- Comfortable snug fit.
- Forefoot/heel transition is not as smooth as I like.