133 users: 4.2 / 5
11 experts: 79 / 100
Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 9.5oz / Women 6.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 4mm / Women 4mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 6.1 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • The Race Ultra 270 features a Tri-C outsole for a more versatile grip.
  • It has impressive debris protection because of the on-the-shoe gaiter hooks.
  • Some runners applauded the superb comfort, grip, and protection of the Race Ultra 270.
  • It has a roomy toe box, allowing natural toe splay when running.
  • The Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 comes with a one arrow mid-sole technology that provides a highly responsive shoe shock-zone.
  • The Synthetic and TPU upper materials provide durable and breathable support.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners experienced toe slippage while running on technical trails because of the limited collar and tongue padding.
  • The overall design of the shoe isn’t very appealing to most of the testers.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 is the lighter version of the Race Ultra Series. It offers a perfect combination of comfort, protection, and grip to exhibit better performance each time. Expect a faster and a more responsive ride from this trail running shoe.

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Expert reviews:

  • The Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 features a versatile grip property through the Tri-C outsole with the unique lug pattern. The outsole delivers reliable grip on varied surfaces and the sticky rubber delivers added durability on high wear areas.

The Race Ultra 270 is available in standard running shoe length. The midfoot is in medium measurement and the heel gives a close-fitting. The forefoot is a bit wider, giving enough room for the toes to move freely. This shoe gives great fit to those with medium and slightly wider foot.

The Race Ultra 270 comes with a flatter trail outer sole that has low lug pattern. It is designed for runners to efficiently tackle both the roads and hard packed trails.

It also uses the Tri-C compound that delivers excellent grip and added durability on high wear areas. This Tri-C outsole material is also utilized in the Roclite 290 and other Inov-8 running shoes.

Lastly, the Meta-Flex groove encourages natural foot flex during toe-off.

The midsole of the shoes uses the full length compressed EVA for reliable underfoot cushioning. Together with this is the 1 Arrow Shoc-Zone delivers minimal underfoot cushioning. The dynamic Fascia Band acts a rigid lever arm that helps runners experience a powerful rebound. The Meta-Shank from the midfoot to the forefoot gives flexible underfoot protection.

The upper of the Inov-8 race Ultra 270 uses synthetic mesh covers that delivers breathable and lightweight coverage. It works perfectly with the TPU lacing system that delivers added support and secure fit. It also comes with gaiter strap for efficient gaiter attachment to prevent debris from entering the shoe while running.

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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.