Facts

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$130
Weight
Men: 8.8oz
Women: 6.9oz
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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

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


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 165 ratings

5 star
62%
4 star
22%
3 star
7%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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80 / 100 based on 23 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 81 / 100 by Rob Andro • Rob Andro • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 93 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    I would not hesitate to run a road half or full marathon in them for their adequate cushioning and supportive and roomy upper.

  • 50 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 88 / 100 by iRunFar • Tom Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    The fit is fantastic, it bites well in most conditions, and the compressed midsole EVA offers just enough forgiveness to handle ultra distances.

  • 85 / 100 by Northern Runner • Northern Runner • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 78 / 100 by Ian Corless • Ian Corless • Level 4 expert

    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.’

  • 86 / 100 by John Ellings • John Ellings • Level 3 expert

    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

  • 84 / 100 by Neil Bryant • Neil Bryant • Level 3 expert

    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. 

  • 84 / 100 by Run 247 • Run 247 • Level 3 expert

    Immensely grippy (even on rock), studded but not overly so, ok on road and very happy in the muddiest of mud.

  • 84 / 100 by Backcountry Edge • Luke • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Monkey • Running Monkey • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 80 / 100 by Competitor Running • Lisa Jhung • Level 3 expert

    The minimalism means there’s not a lot of structure keeping feet in place in the upper.

  • 74 / 100 by Trail Runner Magazine • Paul Cuno-Booth • Level 3 expert

    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. 

  • 83 / 100 by Runultra • Fiona Russell • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 83 / 100 by Get Out There Gear • Craig • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 98 / 100 by Mud Sweat and Runners • Mud Sweat and Runners • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports • Ellis Brigham • Level 1 expert

    All in all, it's a great shoe with great underfoot feel and go-anywhere versatility. 

  • 91 / 100 by RunRepeat • Andrew Wynn • Level 1 expert

    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!

  • 88 / 100 by ellisbrigham Mountain Sports • Ellis Brigham • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Obstacle Man • Adam Pollock • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Fitness Hideout • Patrick Parker • Level 1 expert

    The Inov-8 is not for the most skilled hiker, but if you are anything under the most skilled, this shoe will do.

  • 80 / 100 by Outdoors Magic • Tim Budd • Level 1 expert

    All in all, a spacious trail shoe that performs superbly on trail surfaces. 

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Updates to Inov-8 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.

Inov-8 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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.