inov-8 Race Ultra 290 Review

Cushioning, lightweight and offering good grip, the inov-8 Race Ultra 290 is a great all-round shoe that is sure to be a hit.


The inov-8 Race Ultra 290 is the ultimate in comfort and grip for off-road ultra-distance athletes. Weighing only 290g, the first-ever ultra-shoe from inov-8 meets the needs of committed athletes seeking to push boundaries over long distances.

Whether on trails or mountains, this shoe delivers industry-leading grip through its Tri-C endurance outsole, which boasts three different rubber compounds. Softer, sticky rubber on the edges brings greater traction, while high abrasion rubber at the heel improves durability and allows for heel striking when fatigued. The sticky rubber cleats bring outstanding mid-foot grip.

The shoe also delivers sensory feedback from the trail, while protecting the foot from the repetitive impact felt when running ultra-distances. A flatter outsole ensures a stable ride when athlete fatigue sets in. The Race Ultra 290 also has a unique on-the-shoe gaiter attachment system and an X–STATIC footbed to keep both debris and odors at bay.

To encourage efficient running for as long as possible over huge distances, the Race Ultra 290 has been designed with an 8mm drop (heel to toe differential) and the renowned multi-finger polymer Meta Shank. The shank aligns with each individual metatarsal to allow the foot to move more naturally, while retaining underfoot protection and flexibility.

The Race Ultra 290 has four colour options, two for men and two for women, and if you are interest in buying yourself a pair you can do so online here.

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