• Terrain


    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.

  • 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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
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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.


Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    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 | 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.

  • 93 / 100 | 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.

  • 50 / 100 | 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.

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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.


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.