Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.7oz
    Women: 9.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 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 height
    Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: wide
    Women: wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The shoe was very comfortable that it felt like a slipper, according to a reviewer.
  • The Parkclaw 275 GTX was easy to wear and take off, attested numerous users.
  • Many wearers enjoyed the spacious toe box of the Parkclaw 275 GTX.
  • Several buyers claimed the sizing of the shoe was accurate.
  • The outsole performed exceptionally on soft terrain, said a runner. Another said they were impressed with the outsole’s sticky grip.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One user experienced discomfort as the shoe did not fit them properly.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX was, favorably, a surprising performer. Runners appreciated the versatility of the shoe, which allowed them to navigate between pavement and trail with almost-to-no problem. Many users found themselves recommending the shoe, especially to those who are marathon-inclined. Ultimately, the Parkclaw 275 GTX did a fantastic job in being a reliable shoe on both road and trail.

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Expert Reviews

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93 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

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Updates to Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX

  • While it is primarily a trail running shoe, the Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX is designed to be versatile; it delivers a solid performance on the trail, yet also offers sufficient cushioning to take the runner from home to trail and back. The shoe is ideal to use in fast-paced runs, as well as slower recovery runs.
  • The shoe prides itself as one of the first to use the Gore-Tex® Invisible Fit, ensuring the upper stays waterproof. This recent technology delivers a structure that is lighter and more flexible than before.
  • Meanwhile, the POWERFLOW+ midsole of the Parkclaw 275 GTX is perfect for heel strikers, thanks to its 8-mm drop. It has an improved structure that delivers 10% better shock absorption and 25% better energy than traditional midsoles. It sits on an aggressive Tri-C outsole that is relatively noticeable on wet rock or tarmac.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX size and fit

The Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX is built to fit true to size, as it follows the standard length of running shoes. The shape of the shoe is broad in the forefoot, to promote a natural and comfortable toe splay, and slightly narrower towards the heel, to secure the foot in place. The shoe is designed as a unisex running shoe while following men’s sizes. Inov-8 classifies the Parkclaw 275 GTX under their Fit Scale as a “5,” which is roughly equivalent to the 2E – Wide profile.

Outsole

A triple-compound rubber, aptly called Tri-C by Inov-8, is used as the outsole of the Parkclaw 275 GTX. This material is comprised of three types of rubber to give the shoe all-around, no-fail protection and traction. In the midfoot and arch areas is a soft rubber that provides a comfortable landing spot, the forefoot area has a flexible rubber that allows an effortless toe-off, and the heel region is covered with durable rubber that intends to resist wear and tear.

A section of the forefoot has a set of Meta-Flex grooves, which enables a smooth bend and forward propulsion for a quicker and more powerful pace.

The 4-mm deep lugs of the Parkclaw 275 GTX permit the runner to traverse snowy roads and muddy paths with minimum effort. These lugs are distributed widely and evenly across the outsole to reduce clogging.

Midsole

The POWERFLOW+ technology equips the Parkclaw 275 GTX with the most cushioned midsole among all of Inov-8’s running shoes. They provide the foot with a firm and responsive sensation that offer more ground feel.

With the shock-absorbent capability of the POWERFLOW+, forward spring is achieved immediately. The cushioned midsole material also aims to protect the underfoot.

The Dynamic Fascia Band (DFB) shank is a thermoplastic polyurethane plate that stretches across the length of the shoe. This element branches out to follow each metatarsal for natural responsiveness.

Upper

The classic Inov-8 upper material levels up with the help of the Gore-Tex® Invisible Fit technology. This new detail integrates the Gore-Tex® waterproof membrane within the textile base of the running shoe. Aside from shielding the foot from water and wetness, the Gore-Tex® Invisible Fit offers more comprehensive protection during inclement weather, as well as a flexible fit that results in more natural movements.

In addition to the features above, the unique structure of the Gore-Tex® Invisible Fit eliminates wrinkles and folds in the upper, therefore reducing blisters and hot spots.

An external heel counter wraps the rearfoot portion of the shoe to provide adequate support in the heel. With this feature, the shoe is able to increase stability in foothold and maintain a better gait.