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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Competition

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.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Synthetic Mesh upper is lightweight and soft to the skin.
  • The inclusion of a toe cap enables some protection for the forefoot from debris.
  • Many runners appreciated the Injected EVA mid-sole with a 3mm foot bed for added cushioning and comfort.
  • The Met-Cradle synthetic webbed forefoot secures the foot and keeps it in the shoe based on a handful of comments.
  • A sticky rubber outsole makes the Mudclaw 265 more capable when it comes to gripping the various surfaces of the trail as noted by a few runners.
  • It’s one of the more lightweight Mudclaw models on the market.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners thought that the forefoot area was still a bit wide despite the forefoot securing mechanics.
  • The testers noticed that it was one size smaller than the usual.
  • It has an expensive price.

Bottom line

The Mudclaw 265 from Inov-8 is a reliable trail shoe for everyone who wants responsiveness and durable performance when tackling the off-road paths. It’s a neutral shoe that offers mild securing mechanics and moderate amounts of cushioning for a better ride.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 69 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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67 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Andrew Bentley • Level 3 expert

    To be honest, I’ve found it really tough to find anything I dont’ like about the Mudclaw 265.

  • 70 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Outdoor Kinetics • Level 3 expert

    I’d say that the new upper is marginally less comfortable than the old version for long runs but it does what it’s supposed to do in that it’s tough, it has even better water resistance and drains well.

  • 23 / 100 by Caveman Clarke • Caveman Clarke • Level 3 expert

    Maybe with different shaped feet or very thick socks this may not be a problem, but for me, these shoes left my feet feeling constricted, crushed and blistered.

  • 85 / 100 by Another Runner • Ash • Level 2 expert

    They're like that first pair of snow boots you received as a kid, when you ran outside and stomped on everything and felt invincible.

  • 84 / 100 by Outdoors Magic • Nikalas Cook • Level 1 expert

    I’d strongly recommend them for off-road purists but, if you tend to include road or hard-pack regularly on your routes, you might want to opt for something a bit less aggressive.

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Updates to Inov-8 Mudclaw 265

  • Tough and wet terrains are no match for the Inov-8 Mudclaw 265. This minimal trail running shoe uses a low-profile design to give the wearer a more natural feeling when in it, while an aggressive outsole construction makes sure to provide the right amount of grip on different types of surfaces.
  • The upper of this running shoe brings durable and comfortable coverage. It features some of the most efficient components and fabrics in order to make sure that the foot stays snug and secure while inside the shoe. The unit itself isn’t weighty, and it allows the natural movement of the foot.
  • A minimal mid-sole unit truly captures the minimalist performance needs of runners who specifically desire this style of running. The platform itself is still comfortable because the foam used here is of high quality. Cushioning is still very much palpable, and a 3mm foot bed adds more to that underfoot comfort.
  • The outsole unit of the Inov-8 Mudclaw 265 uses a trail-specific design to fully provide protection for the rest of this running shoe when it comes to the abrasive nature of the outdoor terrain. Gripping lugs pockmark this external layer, efficiently delivering multi-surface traction.

Inov-8 Mudclaw 265 size and fit

The Inov-8 Mudclaw 265 is true to its size. The men and women’s versions follow the regular measurements for its length. The medium width accommodates the runner who has a medium sized foot. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe allows the natural shape of the foot to acclimate well to it when wearing it.


Outsole

The outsole unit of this running shoe uses a sticky rubber material that is very durable and very reliable when it comes to protecting the shoe from any damaged caused by debris or surface condition. Its shielding capability is top-notch because it has been optimized to last long.

Gripping lugs are placed all over the outsole. These nodes are the ones responsible for holding onto the surfaces with ease. They are 8mm in height for the Inov-8 Mudclaw 265. They deliver sure and dependable traction over many types of surfaces.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit uses an Injected Ethylene vinyl acetate material for a lightweight, comfortable and resilient underfoot experience. It doesn’t wear off easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses. It also offers memory retention so the runner constantly feels a platform that’s tuned to their specific needs.

The 1 Arrow Shoc-Zone™ offers additional minimal underfoot cushioning. A minimalist feel is greatly achieved because of its 3mm drop from the heel to the toe.


Upper

The upper unit of the Inov-8 Mudclaw 265 uses synthetic mesh, which is a soft yet durable material that covers the foot comfortably and securely. It permits the natural movement of the foot, so the running gait stays enabled.

A Toe Cap protects the forefoot section of the foot from any injury or discomfort brought about by the trails or debris.

The Met-Cradle™ is a webbing that’s made from synthetic materials. It supports the forefoot area and delivers a secure fit that’s comfortable and tuned to the needs of the wearer.

A 3mm Food Bed is added to improve the underfoot cushioning. It’s a helpful layer, especially since the Inov-8 Mudclaw 265 is a minimalist shoe that’s created to tackle unpredictable terrain. Additional underfoot comfort is welcome.