Arch support
M: 250g | W: 195g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 16mm | W: 16mm
Forefoot height
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


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.

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.


We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Inov-8 Terraclaw 250 uses the 2 arrow shockzone technology that offers a combination of underfoot protection and responsiveness.

  • Most runners were impressed by the shoe’s excellent fit due to the close-fitting heel that locks the shoe in position.

  • Based on some reviews, the Terraclaw 250 provides optimum grip.

  • This shoe provides maximum protection through its lightweight toe cap, forefoot overlays and diagonally sewn anti-debris tongue as generally observed by many runners.

  • It comes with a wide toe box, according to most reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners observed that the Terraclaw 250 is not ideal for rough terrain since it needs added protection from sharp rocks.

  • Limited color options.

  • Slight high-priced shoe.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Terraclaw 250 is neutral trail running shoe that offers responsiveness, comfort and protection. This shoe is ideal for short runs. The grip that this shoe provides is totally impressive.

World wide, Terraclaw 250 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Inov-8, is the 15th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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80 / 100 based on 23 expert reviews

  • 84
    LukeLevel 3 expert
    by Backcountry Edge
    Very lightweight and minimal, but still offering cushion and support, the Inov-8 Men's Terraclaw 250 is a great shoe for your everyday trail run or trail racing.
  • 91
    Andrew WynnLevel 1 expert
    by RunRepeat
    If you’re in the market for a genuine mixed terrain trail shoe that is as equally at home on hard dry surfaces as it is on moderately wet terrain then this shoe is definitely worth a look. Try one on!
  • 93
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    I would not hesitate to run a road half or full marathon in them for their adequate cushioning and supportive and roomy upper.
  • 70
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    For me, it works really well on those shorter distances, on super dry, super hard-packed mountains and trails. Dry ground: good. Wet ground: works okay. Muddy ground or super sloppy conditions: this is not gonna be the shoe for you.
  • 50
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Testers said the shoes lacked the support—both under and around the foot—needed for technical trails, but gave a quick-rolling ride on moderate trails or mixed-surface runs.
  • 81
    Rob AndroLevel 4 expert
    by Rob Andro
    It's a great shoe, super comfortable. Definitely try it on before you make a shoe decision. Super lightweight, it molds on your foot and you just feel fast in it.
  • 78
    Ian CorlessLevel 4 expert
    by Ian Corless
    It’s a neutral shoe that fits true to size but be warned, the roomier toe box may make the shoe feel a little ‘sloppy.’
  • 88
    Tom CaughlanLevel 3 expert
    by iRunFar
    The fit is fantastic, it bites well in most conditions, and the compressed midsole EVA offers just enough forgiveness to handle ultra distances.
  • 86
    John EllingsLevel 3 expert
    by John Ellings
    At less than 9 ounces a shoe, the Terraclaw is unquestionably light, but not excessively so—it has enough protection and support underfoot to hold its own on tough tracks and over longer distances. - See more at: http://www.switchbacktravel.com/best-trail-running-shoes
  • 85
    Northern RunnerLevel 3 expert
    by Northern Runner
    The Terraclaw 250 has an 8mm differential between the hight of the heel and forefoot. This makes the shoe slightly thicker in the mid-foot and heel so it is slightly stiffer and offers more stone resistance than the Terraclaw 220.
  • 84
    Run 247Level 3 expert
    by Run 247
    Immensely grippy (even on rock), studded but not overly so, ok on road and very happy in the muddiest of mud.
  • 80
    Lisa JhungLevel 3 expert
    by Competitor Running
    The minimalism means there’s not a lot of structure keeping feet in place in the upper.
  • 80
    Running MonkeyLevel 3 expert
    by Running Monkey
    The grip, when box-fresh, was prone to slight skid on wet tarmac.They bedded in nicely over time, meaning that they are likely to perform well if you’re looking for a multi-terrain shoe.
  • 74
    Paul Cuno-BoothLevel 3 expert
    by Trail Runner Magazine
    The midsole takes some breaking in; it ends up feeling fairly pliable on twisty, rock-strewn terrain, if a bit flat on even hardpack and road. 
  • 84
    Neil BryantLevel 2 expert
    by Neil Bryant
    Overall this is a simple yet well executed trail shoe which is fast, responsive, and fun to run in, and for me, who has pained feet often, the protection from sharp rocks was enough to allow fairly long runs of 2-3 hrs. 
  • 83
    CraigLevel 2 expert
    by Get Out There Gear
    Now, my testing can't measure the benefit of this feature, but I can tell you that they are a very light shoe, and were very fun and efficient to run in.
  • 83
    Fiona RussellLevel 2 expert
    by Runultra
    You either love them or you don’t. If you are a fan you will find these new and improved Terraclaw 250s to be a good buy for hill running.
  • 98
    Mud Sweat and RunnersLevel 1 expert
    by Mud Sweat and Runners
    As I'm genuinely impressed by how this shoe handled the trails and various terrains during a particular wet Irish summer I can see the TERRACLAW becoming a very popular shoe. 
  • 92
    Ellis BrighamLevel 1 expert
    by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
    All in all, it's a great shoe with great underfoot feel and go-anywhere versatility. 
  • 88
    Ellis BrighamLevel 1 expert
    by ellisbrigham Mountain Sports
    The sole of the Terraclaw 250 resembles a toned-down Talon (one of the most aggressive muddy trail running shoes on the market), still offering great grip on a multitude of surfaces. If it's out-and-out mud you're running on, then the Talon or Mudclaw would still be the choice shoe, but if you're looking for a more versatile shoe, then this could be for you.
  • 85
    Adam PollockLevel 1 expert
    by Obstacle Man
    They offer fantastic comfort and grip off-road (on gentle trails and mud) as well as on tarmac (I actually had a 5km PB wearing them during a road race).
  • 82
    Patrick ParkerLevel 1 expert
    by Fitness Hideout
    The Inov-8 is not for the most skilled hiker, but if you are anything under the most skilled, this shoe will do.
  • 80
    Tim BuddLevel 1 expert
    by Outdoors Magic
    All in all, a spacious trail shoe that performs superbly on trail surfaces. 
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    The Dynamic Fascia Band aligns with the metatarsals to deliver a kick of energy with every step, increasing speed and efficiency.
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    This shoe is made with a durable, breathable mesh upper that features thin film overlays that give it a great look.
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    You do have that 3-Arrow Shock Zone midsole design that will give you underfoot cushioning and energy return.

Updates to Terraclaw 250

The Inov-8 Terraclaw 250 features an impressive grip. It uses the Dual-C Compound that is extended in the outer sole. It gives reliable grip on different terrains and enhanced shoe durability.

Solid protection is also another thing this shoe offers. It comes with a double layered toe cap that protects foot from stone bruising. The diagonally sewn tongue is also designed to keep debris from entering the shoe.

Terraclaw 250 size and fit

The Terraclaw 250 is available in standard running shoe length. The heel, forefoot and midfoot are of standard measurements. It comfortably accommodates runners with standard foot measurements. The forefoot offers enough space for toe splay. The shoe is available in standard running shoe widths, D and B, for men’s and women’s versions respectively.


The outsole of the Terraclaw 250 uses the Dual-C compound that gives improved grip and added durability on high wear areas. The Meta-Flex groove that is located in the forefoot promotes natural forefoot flex during toe-off. Lastly, the stick rubber gives optimal performance, grip on wet conditions and added durability.


The injected EVA cushioning foam is found in the shoes midsole. It delivers enough amount of cushioning for a resilient rider and maximum memory retention. The Dynamic Fascia Band, which is extended from the heel to the forefoot, gives efficient energy return for a solid rebound.


The upper of the Invo-8 Terraclaw 250 features a synthetic mesh cover that delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage. It features a Met-Cradle system that gives added forefoot support and enhanced fit. The toe cap increases shoe durability while keeping the foot safe from stone bruising on trails. The tongue is attached to the upper to keep it in place while running. The X-Lock welded overlays in the forefoot keeps the foot in place while running.


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