Inov-8 Roadclaw 275
Cumbrian trail brand Inov-8 has made a very decent fist (foot?) of this road-running shoe. Traction was superb, as you would expect, but the standout feature was the close fit: as well as wrapping the midfoot with tight overlays, the upper has tighter mesh further forward behind the metatarsal heads, thus holding the foot in place in two locations. And yet there was still plenty of room for toe-splay, which our runners appreciated. Bottom line Durable, secure, comfortable and a great wet-weather option.