Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many applauded the lightweight construction of the Inov-8 Roadclaw 275.
  • The upper is breathable and comfortable to the foot, based on some reviews.
  • The sole gives necessary traction especially on wet surfaces.
  • The meta-flex grooves made the shoe very flexible.
  • The shoe runs true to size.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is available in limited color options.
  • Some testers noticed that the outer sole wears out quickly.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Roadclaw 275 is a road running shoe designed for neutral runners. It is designed to deliver the maximum amount of traction while running on the road. Though a few noticed that the shoe lacks the expected durability, the majority are still happy with how it performs. This shoe is ideal for daily training and long distance road running.

Facts

Expert Reviews

80 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | Ian Corless | Level 4 expert

    The outsole is completely redesigned, as you would expect and uses 2 different compounds, in this shoe, black and pink to offer grip where required.

  • 82 / 100 | Running Monkey | | Level 3 expert

    There’s a solidly responsive feel to the ride with the ROADCLAW 275, and the tech you would expect from their trail shoes – such as the Dynamic Fascia Band for increased energy return – is all present and correct.

  • 83 / 100 | MyOutdoors | | Level 2 expert

    Delivering a shoe that can perform, protect, provide comfort and not feel like a lead weight is a challenge, and it’s a challenge they have won with flying colours. Just give me more colour options!

  • 89 / 100 | Facebook | | Level 1 expert

    I also ran the Kearsney Half Marathon in this shoe and the hard, dirt road, climb up to the top of Alverstone was no issue in these shoes as it was for many in slick, traditionally soled road shoes.

  • 84 / 100 | Northern Runner | | Level 1 expert

    Good training shoe for all conditions.  Big plus points are the wide roomy toe box and the very grippy sole.  

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    Inov-8's Tri C outsole utilizes 3 different types of rubber compounds to optimize weight and performance.

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  • The Invo-8 Roadclaw 275 comes with an enhanced midsole unit to effortlessly run on any road condition. It features the PowerFlow midsole technology that delivers better shock absorption and enhanced energy return. It promotes a smoother ride.
  • This shoe also features the Tri-C outsole technology, an iconic Inov-8 outsole that delivers impressive grip and durability while running on the road. The claw-cleat lug design gives necessary grip on different road surfaces.

The Roadclaw 275 is true to its size. It gives a standard and comfortable fit in the heel and midfoot area. The toe box is wide enough to encourage toe splay. The shoe is available in standard running shoe width.


The outsole of the Roadclaw 275 features the sticky fusion compound. It is a mixture EVA foam and synthetic rubber that delivers reliable grip on the road and it also promotes a smooth ride. The meta-flex grooves in the forefoot encourage natural flex for a more resilient toe-off. The terradapter heel delivers added protection and durability.


The shoe features the PowerFlow midsole technology that is specifically designed to deliver an enhanced cushioning. It has 10% better shock absorption and 15% enhanced energy rebound. This material is also used in the new Roadclaw 275 v2 running shoe.

The 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone delivers moderate underfoot protection and cushioning. It also uses the dynamic Fascia Band that acts as a lever arm in the heel and forefoot. It enhances runner’s performance by propelling the runner forward.


The upper of the Inov-8 Roadclaw 275 features the synthetic upper mesh cover that delivers a breathable coverage. It keeps the foot well-ventilated. It is also lightweight and prevents debris from entering the shoe while running.

Author
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.

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