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WeightMen: 9.2ozWomen: 9.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
Forefoot heightMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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Inov-8 TerraUltra 260 – Barefooter approved
As soon as I picked up this Inov-8 model, my first real pair of running shoes came back to my mind - the Nike Free 5.0. I did something that should not be done. I wore these trail shoes for a road race.
If you think about it, it often happens to cover stretches of asphalt during the trail, so it is not so wrong to test them even on the road. I wanted to see if the resemblance to Nike was only the result of my imagination or if there was a real affinity in the behavior of the two shoes.
What I discovered, after 18 km of asphalt and other 40 or more on the trails, it is that Terraultra 260 is a versatile shoe, even if minimalist.
The Inov-8 TerraUltra 260 is a shoe with a snug upper and made of durable fabric, slightly wide toe box, with a heel counter but without the inner shell and yet stable in fit. The rubber layer that covers the tip is very soft, and it does not protect a lot of impacts.
Laces are a flaw - too soft and with a tubular shape. They don’t give you the feeling of being able to be adequately tightened. Moreover, the extra hole is not so comfortable because knot results to be too high on the ankle and end up annoying during the race.
The sole is characterized by 4 mm-high plugs inside where there are water drainage channels. I have not had the opportunity to test them on particularly muddy terrain or in the presence of water, but this shape of the sole does not seem to fear such conditions.
The sole is marked by "empty" areas, where the midsole has deep grooves which led to the sole-midsole department a wide range of flexibility, especially under the fingers. This means more agility while running on rough trails and increases the ability of the shoe to “copy” the terrain, further improving the grip.
The agility of this shoe is also supported by the "zero-drop" between the height of the midsole to the heel and the forefoot. This geometry allows the natural torsional capacity of the ankle and the distension of the foot.
That "zero" can also be interpreted as "zero cushioning" "zero propulsion" and "zero protection," as this shoe replicates barefoot style conditions, fully.
If compared to any other trail shoe of the same weight, the TerraUltra does not have equal-protection conditions from the roughness of the bottom and impact cushioning. It's painful if you run on the stony ground, maybe downhill, and you land with your heel on some stones.
I ran on my usual paths on the Grigne in the low Italian Alps, all covered with stones of various sizes. And after a dozen miles, especially at the end of the descents, I found my foot very tired from feeling the bumps.
Feeling more protected inside a shoe, I usually increase my speed, which also increases the speed of fall and the impact energy is greater. And with these shoes, it means more fatigue.
The rubber of the midsole does not have the ability to "return" energy. It has a very dry behavior which is a good feature if you want to develop a barefoot run, but it implies more effort.
Greater consumption = more energy requested. If you are a heel striker, you need to have a fast pace which speeds up the heel-toe transition.
Inov-8 Terraultra 260 is a demanding shoe which needs strong athletes who want to express themselves to the maximum of competitiveness even on long and ultra distances.
But if you are an amateur runner, who plans to run at an average pace of 5 km, this shoe should be used to the maximum distances around 20 km, with slopes around 1500 meters and important descents.
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The biggest difference in the G series shoes that I found is the grip of the rubber, and you can run several miles in them. There's no compromise in the durability.
The TerraUltra [G 260] is nice and flexible, allowing them to bend and shape around the terrain you’re tackling to give good grip and allow your feet to function inside the shoes.
If you want one shoe that can do everything well (not sloppy mud) in a zero drop, the G260 is a shoe for you to consider.
Updates to Inov-8 TerraUltra G 260
- The Inov-8 TerraUltra G 260 is a trail running shoe that is specifically-made for runners who have neutral foot mechanism. It utilizes the Graphene material, an enhanced rubber that offers the right amount of traction. It is durable enough to withstand the hazardous nature of the trails.
- The upper section of the Inov-8 TerraUltra G 260 is made of a breathable mesh. This component of the footwear is meant to keep the foot cool and dry throughout the running session. Along with the breathable mesh is the Kevlar overlays. This material is used in making bulletproof vests. With the utilization of the Kevlar, the upper unit becomes more durable. It will have a longer lifespan even after running several times a week.
Inov-8 TerraUltra G 260 size and fit
The Terraultra is a neutral running shoe that has a large fit. The footwear was crafted with the Inov-8’s Standard Fit last. It is sure to provide a more comfortable fit because of the shoe's rounded toe box. With the utilization of this kind of toe box, the foot is able to expand under heat. The toes will also have enough space to wiggle. The available widths for both the men's and the women's version are Medium.
The outsole of the Inov-8 TerraUltra G 260 utilizes the Graphene. This material an improved rubber that provides additional durability. It also offers the right amount of traction needed when running on paved surfaces. The Graphene is 50% harder wearing, 50% more elastic and 50% stronger when compared to other rubber outsoles.
Utilized in the shoe are deep grooves. This component of the footwear makes the Inov-8 TerraUltra G 260 more agile and flexible.
Shock impact is minimized because of the EXTEROFLOW midsole. Shock absorption is essential in dissipating a large amount of kinetic energy that enters the runner's body. Another purpose of the EXTEROFLOW midsole is to deliver energy return without sacrificing ground feel.
The Dynamic Fascia Band or also known as DFB is integrated into the Inov-8 TerraUltra G 260. The primary purpose of this technology is to deliver an underfoot kick of energy. As a result, a faster, more efficient running.
A lightweight upper is utilized in the shoe. This breathable and super-tough mesh work well with the Kevlar overlays. This mesh is meant to increase the durability of the platform. Kevlar is a material that is commonly used in making bulletproof vests.
Lacing eyelets are used in the footwear. These are fabric materials that are stitched through the upper area. Using a simulated lacing technique, it offers a more comfortable and snugger fit.
The gusseted tongue is sewn into the TerraUltra G 260. This unit is essential in keeping debris out of the footwear during the running activity. It provides a more secure fit as well.
With the utilization of a wide toe box, runners will be able to experience a more comfortable ride. This component of the shoe aims to let the user start and finish his session confidently and comfortably.
When running on long distances, the Exterofit technology reacts to the natural movements of the foot. As a result, a more enjoyable and comfortable ride is experienced by the runner.