Inov-8 Mudclaw G260
262g (UK 8)
As purposeful a shoe as you’re likely to find for days when the going gets sloppy. The 8mm rubber lugs – enhanced with graphene for superior grip – wobble around like the knobbly tyres on a motocross bike if you need to run on tarmac between trails, but once out on open fields, muddy tracks and the like, they dig in to provide sure-footed progress at speed. Being lightweight and narrower along their length (especially in the toebox) than other Inov-8 shoes we’ve tested, they lend themselves to the toughest of races. A 4mm drop gets you up on your toes, while the deep lugs shed mud surprisingly well, so grip remains consistent.
Verdict: Supreme traction, brilliant adherence to frosty hardtop.