We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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.


Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.5oz | Women: 6.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 17mm | Women: 17mm
Forefoot height: Men: 13mm | Women: 13mm
Brand: Inov-8
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Green, Pink, Purple, Red
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Expert Reviews

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78 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    The 270 fits a little lower volume in the midfoot than the 290, but has a more spacious toe box feel. The latter is most likely due to the use of all welded overlays instead of the stitched rand of the 290.

  • 80 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine | Level 5 expert

    The 270 is a lighter, you guessed it, more race-oriented version of Inov-8s popular line of trail shoes.

  • 75 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    Heel slippage when running uphill, but most enjoyed the wide forefoot that allowed the toes to splay for more control on downhills.

  • 70 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    Testers praised the traction and the fit; the shoe wraps the heel snugly, yet is open and unstructured around the wide forefoot.

  • 80 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 4 expert

    The inov-8 Race Ultra 270 is built to handle any type of terrain in all kinds of trail conditions. It’s comfortable and durable enough to sustain high-mileage training, but on race day its weight will be a drawback.

  • 88 / 100 | Run Haven | | Level 3 expert

    True to Inov-8’s British fell running heritage, the Race Ultra 270 – as in a lightweight 270 grams – is a responsive, low-profile, minimalist, firm and protective shoe that manages to provide excellent traction.

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  • 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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