We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Heel strikers appreciated the added cushioning in the heel because they felt that it enhanced comfort during ultra-long runs.
  • This shoe felt lightweight, according to several reviewers.
  • The waterproof material on the upper unit was efficient at shielding the foot from water infiltration, stated some consumers.
  • Most reviewers loved the aggressive grip of the Invo-8 Trail Talon 275 GTX on dry, hard packed trails.
  • Many of those who have purchased this shoe didn’t experience any issues when using it right out of the box.
  • Some runners commented that this shoe was very versatile; they were able to transition from the roads to the trails with ease.
  • Those who preferred to use it for walking were able to feel the cushioning and support that it had to offer.
  • Many reviewers stated that they received compliments about the apparently pleasing aesthetics of this shoe.
  • A gaiter can be seamlessly attached to this shoe.
  • Some runners appreciated the responsiveness of the cushioning.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners noticed that, after being exposed to wet conditions, it took some time before the shoes dried off.
  • According to a handful of runners, traction wasn’t as efficient on wet rocks and technical trails.
  • Some runners longed for better ground feel in this shoe.
  • A small number of runners mentioned that it ran a little wider than the standard Inov-8 fit, making it a bit loose on technical or downward paths.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 GTX is the waterproof version of the Race Ultra 290’s replacement. It has improved cushioning for improved comfort during long hours on hard packed trail. The shoe is a stylish and excellent all-rounder for a variety of trail surfaces and even some road running.


Base model: Inov-8 Trail Talon 275
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.7oz | Women: 9.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Gore-Tex
Heel height: Men: 25mm | Women: 25mm
Forefoot height: Men: 17mm | Women: 17mm
Release date: Nov 2016
Brand: Inov-8
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $150
Colorways: Grey
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  • Inov-8 aims to make long distance running more comfortable with the introduction of the GTX version of the Trail Talon 275. A new midsole is in the offing in this shoe that adds a bit more cushioning, particularly in the heel for those long days on the trail. Despite the enhanced cushioning, the shoe is surprisingly lighter than the model it is replacing.
  • The midfoot hold and comfort gets a boost with a TPU material on both sides of the shoe. This TPU support is also connected to the laces which really elevates the lockdown feel for runners.
  • The 4mm lugs that are wider than before enhance grip on a variety of trail surfaces. These lugs are also bigger for better ground contact and multi-directional grip on the trails.
  • A waterproofing protection courtesy of Gore-Tex makes it an excellent choice for runners wishing to do ultra runs in winter conditions.

Inov-8 uses what it calls the standard fit in the Trail Talon 275 GTX. It features a roomy toe box for those with wide feet and to accommodate the swelling that happens during long-distance running. The heel is very secure as well as the midfoot. It runs true to size.

The 4mm moderately-sized lugs cover almost the entire outsole of the Inov-8 Trail Talon GTX. These are also strategically placed to prevent mud from sticking into the outsole. Inov-8’s plethora of outsole technologies are utilized in this shoe. It utilizes the Tri-C compound to increase the versatility of the shoe on varied terrains. The durability is enhanced because of the Hard Sticky Rubber in areas susceptible to wear and tear. A single, large and deep flex groove in the forefoot brings an element of flexibility to the shoe.

Inov-8 unveils a new midsole technology in Powerflow. It is a two-piece molded EVA that offers significantly more shock-absorption and responsiveness than the standard midsole material of most shoes. It runs the full length of the shoe, which should aid the runner during the transitions from landing to take off. Another unique technology is the DFB or the Dynamic Fascia Band. This patented technology from Inov-8 uses a TPU material in the midsole that spans from the heel and separates into 5 bands supporting the metatarsals. The system also adds responsiveness and support with each stride.

A synthetic mesh covers most of the upper. Beneath this synthetic mesh is the Gore-Tex waterproofing membrane that shields the shoe from the elements. Inov-8 makes use of a TPU midfoot hold called the Met-cradle that is connected to the laces. A single pull of the laces allows the lightweight TPU material to lock down the foot. For those who may want to use gaiters, a Gaiter Pocket is conveniently part of the upper.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.