Arch support
Daily running
M: 275g | W: 275g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Several fans of the Inov-8 Race Ultra series noted that the Trail Talon 275 GTX is more than a suitable replacement of their favorite shoes.

  • The added heel cushioning enhances the comfort during ultra-long runs for heel strikers.

  • It is lighter than the shoe it is replacing in Inov-8’s line up of trail shoes.

  • The Gore-Tex upper offers breathable waterproofing protection.

  • Most reviewers loved the aggressive grip of the Invo-8 Trail Talon 275 GTX on dry, hard packed trails.

  • More than a few runners have used the shoe right out of the box without any issues.

  • It is a versatile shoe that can take the runner from the road to the trails quite easily, based on some comments.

  • A handful of users who more often walk than run, loved the cushioning and support of this shoe.

  • A good number of reviewers received compliments about how good the shoe looks.

  • A gaiter can be seamlessly attached to this shoe.

  • Some runners appreciated the responsiveness of the cushioning.

  • Despite being lighter than the Race Ultra shoes they are replacing, compromise and support are never compromised, as mentioned in several reviews.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners noticed that it takes some time for the shoes to dry.

  • Traction on wet rocks or technical areas suffers a bit, according to a handful of runners.

  • Some runners longed for better ground feel in this shoe.

  • A small number of runners mentioned that it runs a little wider than the usual Inov-8 standard fit, making it a bit loose on technical trail or downhills.

Bottom line

Bottom Line
The Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 GTX is the waterproof version of the Race Ultra 290’s replacement. It has improved cushioning for improved comfort during long hours on hard packed trail. The shoe is a stylish and excellent all-rounder for a variety of trail surfaces and even some road running.

World wide, Trail Talon 275 GTX is in the bottom 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Inov-8, is the 14th most popular.

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Updates to Trail Talon 275 GTX

Inov-8 aims to make long distance running more comfortable with the introduction of the Trail Talon 275 GTX. A new midsole is in the offing in this shoe that adds a bit more cushioning, particularly in the heel for those long days on the trail. Despite the enhanced cushioning, the shoe is surprisingly lighter than the model it is replacing.

The midfoot hold and comfort gets a boost with a TPU material on both sides of the shoe. This TPU support is also connected to the laces which really elevates the lockdown feel for runners.

The 4mm lugs that are wider than before enhance grip on a variety of trail surfaces. These lugs are also bigger for better ground contact and multi-directional grip on the trails.

A waterproofing protection courtesy of Gore-Tex makes it an excellent choice for runners wishing to do ultra runs in winter conditions.

Trail Talon 275 GTX size and fit

Inov-8 uses what it calls the standard fit in the Trail Talon 275 GTX. It features a roomy toe box for those with wide feet and to accommodate the swelling that happens during long-distance running. The heel is very secure as well as the midfoot. It runs true to size.


The 4mm moderately-sized lugs cover almost the entire outsole of the Inov-8 Trail Talon GTX. These are also strategically placed to prevent mud from sticking into the outsole. Inov-8’s plethora of outsole technologies are utilized in this shoe. It utilizes the Tri-C compound to increase the versatility of the shoe on varied terrains. The durability is enhanced because of the Hard Sticky Rubber in areas susceptible to wear and tear. A single, large and deep flex groove in the forefoot brings an element of flexibility to the shoe.


Inov-8 unveils a new midsole technology in Powerflow. It is a two-piece molded EVA that offers significantly more shock-absorption and responsiveness than the standard midsole material of most shoes. It runs the full length of the shoe, which should aid the runner during the transitions from landing to take off. Another unique technology is the DFB or the Dynamic Fascia Band. This patented technology from Inov-8 uses a TPU material in the midsole that spans from the heel and separates into 5 bands supporting the metatarsals. The system also adds responsiveness and support with each stride.


A synthetic mesh covers most of the upper. Beneath this synthetic mesh is the Gore-Tex waterproofing membrane that shields the shoe from the elements. Inov-8 makes use of a TPU midfoot hold called the Met-cradle that is connected to the laces. A single pull of the laces allows the lightweight TPU material to lock down the foot. For those who may want to use gaiters, a Gaiter Pocket is conveniently part of the upper.


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