The Terraclaw is Inov-8’s latest addition to its off-road range. It has less aggressive lugs than the Mudclaw, which means it’s not as well suited to fell (off-path mountain) running. That said, it still copes well with wet grass and steep, muddy terrain, and the lugs shed the mud rather than clogging up. As with the Mudclaw, the sole unit uses a mix of hard and sticky rubber compounds for grip on a variety of surfaces; the Terraclaw felt more at home on wet rock than most of the other shoes on test. A rand and toe bumper give protection from rocks, although the upper is softer than the Mudclaw’s, so therefore less resistant to water and abrasion. The Terraclaw was comfy and has more room in the toe box than most other shoes on test, which meant it didn’t feel quite as tight. As a result, it didn’t feel quite as precise when contouring on steep ground as the Mudclaw or Speedcross. The 8mm drop and 16mm cushioning under the heel, along with its low weight, make the Terraclaw suited to longer training runs and races. I found it to be a great all-rounder that can cope with a wide variety of terrain.
BEST IN TEST
The Terraclaw is a very versatile off-road shoe, with enough grip for rough ground, and sufficient cushioning for long runs or races on multi-terrain trails.