Inov-8 TrailFly Ultra G 300 Max: long name, big deal
Inov-8 trail shoes have been associated with firmer, closer-to-the-ground, aggressive silhouettes. This time around, we get a high-stack (the highest in the brand's lineup, actually), softer, hybrid TrailFly.
The company takes a new approach to its collection of ultra running shoes, producing a well-cushioned option for hours of comfort.
What is it for?
Terrain: paved roads, hard-packed trails, rocky paths (NOT recommended for soft, muddy terrain)
What's to like about the TrailFly Ultra G 300 Max?
- Better cushioning: Graphene-infused G-Fly foam is reported to have 25% higher energy return that lasts for dozens of miles at a time.
- Added energy return from the insole: The Boomerang insole is claimed to be 40% more responsive than standard inserts.
- Better outsole adaptability: A deep Adapter-Flex groove helps the heel and forefoot work independently for optimum foot movements on various terrain.
- G-Grip: 50% more durable and stickier than regular rubber.
- Secure lockdown: Thanks to the gusseted tongue and Adapter-Fit overlays.
- Plenty of wiggle room: Marked 5/5 on Inov-8's Fit Scale, the shoe boasts a wide forefoot.
Inov-8 TrailFly Ultra G 300 Max vs. TerraUltra G 270
TerraUltra G 270 became a hit in 2020 and became a "trail shoe of the year" for many avid runners. Is TrailFly Ultra G 300 Max is worthy counterpart?
What’s the same?
- G-Grip with 4 mm lugs
- wide toebox (Fit Scale 5)
- adapter-fit upper + gusseted tongue
|TrailFly G 300||TerraUltra G 270|
|Weight||300 g||270 g|
|Drop||6 mm||0 mm|
|Heel height||30 mm||12 mm|
|Cushioning||softer, more impact protection, more long-distance comfort||firmer, more grounded|
|Other benefits||Adapter-Flex: 10-mm cut for underfoot maneuverability||feels faster|