Arch support
Daily running
M: 275g | W: 275g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
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 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 breathed well and stayed dry, noted a reviewer.

  • Many thought that the modern design of this running shoe made it attractive.

  • Testers were in agreement when they stated that it had an adequate weight that didn’t drag their feet down.

  • The outsole gripping lugs were efficient at giving reliable grip on the surfaces, wrote an expert reviewer.

  • The mid-sole cushioning system of this model is a bit more substantial than its sister running shoe, the Trail Talon 250; runners felt that it was a bonus that allowed their feet to handle long running sessions.

  • The platform of the Trail Talon 275 was responsive and comfortable, as commented by a reviewer.

  • Testers welcomed the inclusion of a gusseted tongue, which halted debris from entering the shoe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • An expert reviewer wrote that those who wanted to get excellent ground-feel might not enjoy the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 because the underfoot experience felt a little too cushioned.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 was created to provide reliable performance on the trails. Runners generally liked the responsive mid-sole, the breathable coverage and the outsole grip. Strong reviews certainly elevated this neutral running shoe’s credibility, making it one to rely on.

World wide, Trail Talon 275 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Inov-8, is the 15th most popular.

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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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84 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 80
    Josh PuttockLevel 1 expert
    by Men's Running
    Overall, this shoe comes packed with features and it's perfect for off-road conditions.
  • 88
    Ian CorlessLevel 4 expert
    by Ian Corless
     For me, the TRAIL TALON 275 is one of the best run shoes I have used when walking, the transition is seamless and comfortable no doubt attributable to the ADAPTERFIT met-cradle for better mid-foot comfort.
  • 82
    Northern RunnerLevel 3 expert
    by Northern Runner
    Trail Talon 275 is the replacement for the Race Ultra 290. Although the heel to forefoot is still 8mm, making this a shoe more for the heel striker, that is where the similarities stop.
  • 80
    JonLevel 3 expert
    by Outdoors Magic
    It’s very comfortable on the foot from the off, but without feeling at all insecure and has a quick, connected, agile vibe that makes you want to go faster. There’s enough cushioning to cope with harder surfaces, but not so much that it upsets the shoe’s composure on rougher stuff.
  • 87
    Inov-8 All TerrainLevel 1 expert
    by Inov-8 All Terrain
    The TrailTalon 275 is a shoe for all distances because despite all its comforts, it still feels light and dynamic.
  • 86
    Fell Running GuideLevel 1 expert
    by Fell Running Guide
    The Trail Talon 275 is an ideal shoe for running long distances on hard packed terrain, giving a balance of comfort, cushioning and grip.
  • 78
    Sim BensonLevel 1 expert
    by Ultra Running Community
    The shoe is very comfortable but the forefoot is reasonably high volume so may be a bit big if you have narrow feet – possibly more likely to be a problem in the women’s version.
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  • Inov-8
    The Trail Talon 275 has a more supportive upper with a Two Arrow midsole, offering more protection and high levels of comfort.
  • Kaitlyn Shop Zappos
    The two-piece PowerFlow midsole is gonna deliver 10% better shock absorption and 15% better energy return than standard midsoles, and provide great cushion over that hard-packed trail.

Updates to Trail Talon 275

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 is a running companion that’s great for long adventures on the trails. It has a mid-sole that keeps the foot comfortable and well-cushioned at all times. The upper is secure and it delivers a snug fit that’s not too restricting. Durable materials make the outsole unit very strong and resistant to wear and tear. It’s a well-constructed trail shoe.

The upper unit of this running shoe utilizes a durable mesh material that also delivers breathable support. Air is enabled to enter the foot-chamber in order to keep the runner as comfortable as possible. The shoe laces are connected to TPU Lacing Supports, and they deliver a secure and precise fit.

The PowerFlow is a mid-sole cushioning unit that absorbs impact shock and gives back energy to the runner. Essentially, this material makes the underfoot experience more agreeable and extremely comfortable. The Two-Arrow Shock-Zone indicates that this mid-sole gives a balanced mix of responsiveness and protection from impact forces.

The outsole unit of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 uses hard and soft rubber to deliver reliable surface traction on the trails. The Endurance Rubber is a material that has a long lifespan. It also grips the varied surfaces with sure efficiency. 4mm-thick gripping lugs provide aggressive traction on dry and wet surfaces, while also making upward and downward traversals much easier.

Trail Talon 275 size and fit

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 fits a bit large, so it is recommended for runners to purchase one size smaller than the standard running shoe length in order to get a more relaxed fit. The available width is medium, so it easily accommodates those with medium sized feet. The natural curvature of the human foot is closely followed by this shoe’s semi-curved shape.


Hard Sticky Rubber delivers durable protection for the mid-sole unit. It also holds onto the ground well. It doesn’t wear off easily, so it remains efficient even after many uses.

Soft Sticky Rubber adds a bit of cushioning and flexibility on top of its protective capability. It also provides reliable traction on wet or slippery surfaces.

The Endurance Rubber makes the outsole formidable against damage, especially since it’s constantly exposed to aggressive terrains.

The Trailclaw design is made up of gripping lugs that allow multi-surface traction. This pronounced tread pattern makes uphill and downhill traversals less daunting to the running experience.


The PowerFlow is a high quality technology that delivers reliable underfoot cushioning to the wearer. It absorbs shock forces efficiently. Because this mid-sole material is springy, it also makes the toe-off more energized and enabled.

The Dynamic Fascia Band™ in the mid-sole mimics the anatomical purpose of the plantar fascia ligament, which lets the foot experience a kick of speed as it goes through the gait cycle. Those who are prone to plantar fasciitis benefit from this unit because it prevents the actual ligament from making much effort.

The Inov-8 cushioning indicator states that the mid-sole unit of the Trail Talon 275 has a Two-Arrow Shock-Zone, which means that it provides a blend of responsive performance and underfoot protection.


Breathable coverage is given by synthetic mesh. This lightweight material doesn’t tear apart easily. It’d durable, yet responsive to the movements of the wearer’s foot.

An external TPU overlay is used to let the upper fabrics respond to the lacing system. The shoe laces are actually connected to these overlays, so when they are tightened or loosened, the upper unit follows suit, thus giving a snug yet customizable fit.

A gusseted tongue keeps debris away from the interior chamber of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275. It also doesn’t get slip under the fabric if the laces aren’t too tight. It just stays in place, which is convenient.

The ADAPTERFIT synthetic webbing in the upper makes the cover system more in tune with the natural shape and movement of the wearer’s foot. The foot naturally swells when in motion, so it expands to accommodate its shape.

A Gaiter Pocket allows the runner to easily attach a gaiter to the upper, which is helpful in staving off debris.


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