INOV-8 X-CLAW 275

PRICE: £110
WEIGHT: 254g

These are Inov-8’s solution to providing both speed and comfort on long-distance extreme terrain. They have a drop of 8mm and the lugs are 6mm deep, for aggressive shoes that shed debris well.

The sole uses Dual-C (a mix of hard and soft rubber), which helps the lugs hold up to the battering that mountain trails give them. Inov-8 claim their Powerflow tech gives you 10% better shock absorption and 15% better energy return than standard midsoles.

They’re a very light shoe for all the protection that they offer, with a full rand and toe shield. The standard fit isn’t restrictive on the foot, allowing toes to splay, but they are still nice and nippy.

VERDICT

Fly over mountainous terrain with comprehensive support.  

Grip: 10/10
Cushioning: 6/10
Precision: 10/10

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