Facts

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.

Price
$125
Weight
Men: 10.6oz
Women: 10.6oz
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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 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit of the Mudclaw 300 is flexible and durable, allowing for a reliable coverage to the foot, remarked some runners.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the mesh lining and the water repellent coating that keeps the foot clean and dry.
  • A large number of runners welcomed the protective components, such as the Gusseted Tongue, which keeps dirt from entering the shoe.
  • EVA makes up the mid-sole layer and it’s coupled with the Meta-Shank groove design on the forefoot for more natural foot movement.
  • The Dual-C outsole is made up of sticky rubber for more durability and grip on the surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the Mudclaw 300 wasn’t true to its size because it was one size smaller than the usual.
  • Others thought that it was greatly missing the arch support needed for many runners who need such a feature.
  • The testers noticed that the outsole wasn’t able to offer much traction on wet surfaces.

Bottom line

The Mudclaw 300 from Inov-8 is a trail shoe that’s made for hard terrain and hardened trail enthusiasts who want to experience a solid option when adventuring. It’s sturdy, durable and comfortable to wear for neutral runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 99 ratings

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4 star
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3 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Acro Trail • Acro Trail • Level 2 expert

    The wide toe box and the rounded toe will accommodate any runner and can help any feet on the inside, regardless you are a barefoot runner, minimalist or a real fell runner.

  • 87 / 100 by OCR Life • Chris • Level 1 expert

    You know, minimal shoe, drains well, looks great, fantastic grip.

  • 88 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 4 expert

    The upper is near mountain shoe perfection, and the outsole is sticky, aggressive, yet still runs ok on harder terrain (and much better than inov-8’s x-talon and Terraclaw outsoles). 

  • 85 / 100 by Ian Corless • Ian Corless • Level 4 expert

    A fully gusseted tongue helps keep any debris out.

  • 83 / 100 by Ian Corless • Ian Corless • Level 4 expert

    It’s comfortable, secure, provides excellent traction and if laced correctly will hold your foot firm.

  • 86 / 100 by Start Fitness • Start Fitness • Level 2 expert

    So, in a nutshell, the Inov8 Mudclaw 300 Offroad / Trail Running Shoes are great for getting out and away from the streets and roads

  • 81 / 100 by Outside Times • Andrew Cremin • Level 2 expert

    These are not an all-purpose pair of trail shoes but in the environment that they are intended for, i.e. ankle deep British mud, they inspire huge amounts of confidence.

  • 85 / 100 by Terrain Tactics • Chris • Level 1 expert

    As far as an overall OCR shoe, I highly recommend the Inov-8 Mudclaw 300.

  • 83 / 100 by Fell Running Guide • Fell Running Guide • Level 1 expert

    However I felt that the previous rounded heel was a bit better for steep contouring – I suppose you can’t have both. 

  • 80 / 100 by Fell Running Guide • Dave Taylor • Level 1 expert

    The Inov-8 Mudclaw 300 is a great shoe for wet, muddy, boggy conditions. I shall certainly be wearing it this season.

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Updates to Inov-8 Mudclaw 300

  • The Inov-8 Mudclaw 300 delivers an impressive grip on every step even on muddy and soft terrain through the 8mm aggressive studs with multi-directional pattern. The studs allow runners to survive the soft ground running.
  • Enhanced durability and protection is what this shoe offers. It comes with a great combination of hard and medium sticky rubber in the outsole for long lasting durability. The upper and toe bumper is also designed to deliver outstanding protection, keeping the foot free from stone bruising and other trail running damages.

Inov-8 Mudclaw 300 size and fit

The Mudclaw 300 has a standard running shoe length. It is a unisex running shoe that is available in several sizes ideal for both men and women. The heel, midfoot and forefoot comfortably accommodate those with narrow forefoot.


Outsole

The Mudclaw 300 uses the Mudclaw off-trail outsole that gives reliable traction and the aggressive lugs offer impressive grip especially on wet and muddy surfaces. The Endurance Rubber Compound id designed for optimal grip on wet conditions and maximum running performance.


Midsole

The midsole of the shoe uses the 2-arro Shoc-Zone that delivers moderate underfoot cushioning. It also utilizes the traditional EVA midsole foam that is extended in the entire midsole to deliver cushioning and flexibility. The Meta-Shank is strategically placed in the midfoot to the forefoot for added impact protection and underfoot flexibility.


Upper

The upper of the Inov-8 Mudclaw 300 uses synthetic mesh covers that deliver breathable coverage without being too bulky and heavy. The met-cradle in the upper gives added forefoot support and secure fit. It has nylon lacing system that utilizes the brand’s traditional nylon lacing support, delivering a secure and comfortable fit. The 6mm footbed provides added underfoot comfort.