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WeightMen: 9.7ozWomen: 9.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 24mmWomen: 24mm
Forefoot heightMen: 16mmWomen: 16mm
WidthMen: Standard, WideWomen: Standard, Wide
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Inov-8 Parkclaw 275: The British way
This company has its origins in Great Britain, but is now under the ownership of Descente, with founder Wayne Edy still overseeing production.
Inov-8 footprints have been left on mountains and trails from Kokomo to Kilimanjaro, and are sold in over 60 countries worldwide.
The first pair of Inov-8 shoes I ever saw was during a trip to Tanzania; the second appearance happily came just three weeks ago when a new pair arrived at my front door.
Amazingly, they must have read every one of my reviews, and listening in on everything I have been talking/ranting about for the past 10 years. These shoes were surely made for me; let me tell you why.
First of all, on the inside of the shoe box lid is written “OBSESSED IS JUST A WORD THE LAZY USE TO DESCRIBE THE DEDICATED," see what I mean? They’ve been listening!
When I received my Inov-8 (pronounced like the word "Innovate") Parkclaw 275s from my home state of Massachusetts, I was impressed with their clean appearance and obvious quality.
At first glance, these shoes looked fun and fast…even while sitting in the box!
My wife looked at me bouncing around in the kitchen like a kid with a new toy and simply said, "Go Run!"
The outsole is composed of what they call Tri-C Compound, and is not just simply glued to the midsole; it is precisely cut and “fitted” directly into the PowerFlow + midsole foam.
The midsole material is actually molded with recessed areas designed to accept the outsole pieces, with near perfect fit and finish. The outsole provides extremely good grip in wet or dry conditions and appears to be wearing well.
These shoes hit the road almost as quietly as the Brooks Ghost.
The PowerFlow + foam provides excellent cushioning and energy return. I am a big fan of forefoot cushioning and; I assure you this shoe is comfortable.
There seems to be a rubbery component in these shoes that just begs to hit the road, the insole also contributes to the springy feel.
A great deal of consideration by the engineers has been directed into the construction of the midsole; it is not simply a chunk of foam cut to shape.
The closed mesh of the uppers is composed of a few very thin and strategically placed overlays. You will have to look really close to find any stitches on these uppers; they are a true sign of great workmanship.
The laces used on the Parkclaw are very flat and very long. I replaced these with some reflective laces, for a bit more safety after dark.
The well-padded tongue and collar add to the overall comfort with heel slippage being minimal. The tongue on this model will not be going anywhere; as it is held in place by laces in three locations along the top of the tongue.
This shoe is also available as a GTX version.
Great cushioning, lightweight and, a roomy toe box are very rare combinations to have all in a single model of a trail shoe. I am sure glad these shoes found their way to my front door, thanks to Inov-8 and RunRepeat.com.
Compared to Brooks Launch 4
At first glance, these two models do seem to have a great deal in common. They are both light, flexible, and simply beg to go fast.
However, the Inov-8 seems to have gained the advantage over the Brooks in weight, transition, and forefoot cushioning…with a bit more room for your toes as well.
- Intelligent design
- Transition to toe-off
- Ankle touches/rubs top of the collar
- Needs reflective strips for after dark
- Maybe a little expensive
By not relying on some super-advanced composite materials, but rather on time-honored materials and diligent quality control, Inov-8 has delivered us a really great and, a fun multi-purpose road to trail shoe.
Several weeks ago, I was not even sure how to pronounce their name, and now they have become one of my favorite shoes.
Cheerio mates! Now Let's Run!
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Overall, I like it. It's a little firm but I think it does a good job with impact absorption.
The shoe also got a very solid foot plate underneath. Now some people might say that makes the shoe a little bit hard on the foot.
For mild to good conditions on tarmac, as well as hard packed trails and paths, the Parkclaw 275 trainer is a good compromise. It offers good levels of cushioning as well as grip.
Updates to Inov-8 Parkclaw 275
- The Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 is a trail running shoe that’s also designed to handle the roads. The external pad has been configured to function well on both rough and flat surfaces. But this product is inherently meant for the uneven topography.
- A more robust and protective upper construction makes sure to stave off any abrasion from the elements on the trail. A heel counter with the Parkclaw 275 branding supports the back of the foot and prevents it from deviating during the running session.
- A full-length foam makes up the midsole unit. Its purpose is to cushion the foot and keep it supported. A rigid lever that runs the entire length of the platform helps the runner to push off the ground with efficiency and ease.
- Heel strikers are given the Terradapter pad which is a durable rubber layer on the back portion of the outsole that durably shields against wear and tear. Semi-prominent gripping lugs allow trail-to-road transitions.
Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 size and fit
The Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 is true to size. It makes use of the standard measurements that accommodate the preferences of consumers. The width of the men’s version is D – Medium while the women’s iteration has the B – Medium option.
The last of this running shoe is of the Standard Fit variant which means that it has a snug heel construction and a broad front for a secure yet unrestricted in-shoe experience.
The Tri-C is an outsole layer that is comprised of three rubber compounds that work together to deliver protection, responsive liftoffs, and surface grip. The combination of these materials also heightens the overall durability of the sole unit. The Tri-C compound that is found in some Inov-8 running shoes is as durable and reliable as the ones used in the Brooks Cascadia 13 trail shoe.
The Terradapter is a unit in the back section that protects against impact and abrasion during the striking phase of the gait cycle. The lugs on the perimeter add grip during downward traversals.
The PowerFlow+ is a full-length foam that provides cushioning. It has been specially configured to absorb impact shock 10% better than standard midsoles and to have 25% more efficient energy return.
A rigid propelling arm called the Dynamic Fascia Band runs the entire length of the Inov-8 Parkclaw 275. It aims to act as the tendons and muscles of the underfoot, enabling the foot to push off the ground with more energy and sureness.
This running shoe has a 2-Arrow Shock Zone. According to Inov-8, it means that it has moderate amounts of cushioning and an 8 mm heel-to-toe drop.
The upper unit of the Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 makes use of the Protective Mesh. This material has a closed construction that prevents the trail debris from entering the foot-chamber or damaging the external silhouette.
Thin synthetic overlays cover the vital sections of the façade—the sides and the forefoot. These fused add-ons fend off abrasion while assisting the lacing system as it gives a secure fit.
An external heel counter locks the back of the foot in place and prevents it from destabilizing. It has the ‘Parkclaw 275’ branding on it.
The aversion of accidental shoe removals and in-shoe wobbling is the goal of the padded tongue and collar.
Pull tabs are stitched onto the rear portion of the collar and the tip of the tongue unit. These loops help the runner to open the mouth of the shoe, making it easy to insert or remove the foot.