Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX
280g (women’s 6.5)
The Parkclaw has set new standards in terms of cross-terrain shoes. The Gore-Tex version enables you to mix and match road, trails and parklands while also keeping your feet dry.
Designed for paths and trails rather than mud, the shoes have the standard Inov-8 Met-Cradle technology to hold the midfoot stable, but are much wider in the toe box, compared to the more familiar Inov-8 fell shoes. This gives a little movement on really technical terrain, but the sticky rubber means they’re great on wet rock. The softest of the Gore-Tex support on test helps make for a responsive feel, with decent flexibility, especially on steep hills.
Verdict: The comfort of a road shoe with the grip of a trail shoe.