Verdict from 2 experts and 56 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • This shoe has reliable grip on snowy surfaces.
  • The ArticTalon 275 provides flexibility and right amount of cushioning.
  • Many mentioned that this is a fast shoe.
  • The sole unit is very durable as mentioned in some comments.
  • It keeps the foot warm while running on snowy conditions.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the shoe is too narrow for them.
  • There are testers who experience discomfort while wearing the shoe on long runs.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 ArctictTalon 275 is a reliable running shoe. It is designed for snowy or icy conditions. This shoe is equipped with the necessary technologies to survive extreme conditions. With the closed fitting, this shoe is definitely designed for runners with narrow foot.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The Arctic Talon 275 has carefully aligned spikes on the outsole. These extremely durable spikes provide the runner the confidence to run and yet maintain the stability required for running in the winter time or on the most severe, frozen off-road terrain. The Arctic Talon 275 will not slip easily in any terrain or ground condition.
  • The Arctic Talon 275 has the 4-finger polymer ProtecShank™ which gives it the same level of flexibility as the Meta-Shank™ and it aligns with spikes underneath to protect foot from the metal spikes in the OROC™ outsole. This allows the runner protection and comfort, providing exceptional performance in the most challenging winter or arctic conditions encountered.

When it comes to sizing, the ArticTalon 275 comes in regular shoe length. Following the Inov-8 precision fit, this shoe has a close fitting that encourages minimal internal foot movement. This means that this shoe is ideal for narrow-footed runners.

The Arctic Talon 275 outsole features the tungsten carbide spikes and sticky rubber soles for better footing. Gaiter clips are built into the shoes to allow a gaiter to be attached, preventing debris from entering the shoes.

The Arctic Talon 275 has a 6 mm thick midsole with EVA foam injected to provide cushioning. The EVA foam that does not weigh the shoes down and a very good shock absorber and has better energy return properties than comparable midsole materials. A fabric lining inside provides a comfortable in shoe feel.

The Arctic Talon 275 uppers are made from breathable, lightweight synthetic mesh to keep the feet nice and cool. The material comes in blue, black, silver and yellow colors. It has an X-Lock and Tongue Lock to make a comfortable, and yet secure fit to the runner’s feet.


How Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 49% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 39% Inov-8 running shoes
All Inov-8 running shoes
Top 44% neutral running shoes
All neutral running shoes


The current trend of Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275.
Compare to another shoe:
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.