Who should buy the Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX

  • An outstanding running shoe for off-road runners who want an all-weather, all-terrain running shoe.
  • A solid daily trainer for neutral trail runners who are looking for a versatile trail running shoe that can handle pavement and trails.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX logo

Updates to the Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX

  • Features the Gore-Tex Invisible Fit, ensuring the upper stays waterproof.
  • POWERFLOW+ midsole of the Parkclaw 275 GTX is perfect for heel strikers, thanks to its 8-mm drop.
  • Improved structure that delivers 10% better shock absorption and 25% better energy than traditional midsoles.
  • Aggressive Tri-C outsole that is relatively noticeable on wet rock or tarmac.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX updates

All-around protection and traction

A triple-compound rubber, aptly called Tri-C by Inov-8, is used as the outsole of the Parkclaw 275 GTX. This material is comprised of three types of rubber to give the shoe all-around, no-fail protection and traction.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX outsole

In the midfoot and arch areas is a soft rubber that provides a comfortable landing spot, the forefoot area has a flexible rubber that allows an effortless toe-off, and the heel region is covered with durable rubber that intends to resist wear and tear.

Parkclaw 275 GTX enables a smooth ride

A section of the forefoot has a set of Meta-Flex grooves, which enables a smooth bend and forward propulsion for a quicker and more powerful pace.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX meta flex grooves

The 4-mm deep lugs of the Parkclaw 275 GTX permit the runner to traverse snowy roads and muddy paths with minimum effort. These lugs are distributed widely and evenly across the outsole to reduce clogging.

Responsive cushioning

The POWERFLOW+ technology equips the Parkclaw 275 GTX with the most cushioned midsole among all of Inov-8’s running shoes. They provide the foot with a firm and responsive sensation that offer more ground feel.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX powerflow+

With the shock-absorbent capability of the POWERFLOW+, forward spring is achieved immediately. The cushioned midsole material also aims to protect the underfoot.

Waterproof trail shoe

The Dynamic Fascia Band (DFB) shank is a thermoplastic polyurethane plate that stretches across the length of the shoe. This element branches out to follow each metatarsal for natural responsiveness.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX waterproof trail shoe

The classic Inov-8 upper material levels up with the help of the Gore-Tex Invisible Fit technology. This new detail integrates the Gore-Tex waterproof membrane within the textile base of the running shoe.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX offers a flexible fit

Aside from shielding the foot from water and wetness, the Gore-Tex Invisible Fit offers more comprehensive protection during inclement weather, as well as a flexible fit that results in more natural movements.

In addition to the features above, the unique structure of the Gore-Tex Invisible Fit eliminates wrinkles and folds in the upper, therefore reducing blisters and hot spots.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX gore tex

An external heel counter wraps the rearfoot portion of the shoe to provide adequate support in the heel. With this feature, the shoe is able to increase stability in foothold and maintain a better gait.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 275g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Inov-8 Parkclaw 275
Forefoot height: 16mm
Heel height: 24mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
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.