Men’s: 260 g (9.17 oz.) Women’s: 260 g (9.17 oz.) Drop Ra­tio: 8 mm $230–260

Canadian Running - - WINTER SHOE GUIDE -

Inov-8 im­proves upon its pre­de­ces­sor, the X-CLAW 275, with a shoe that’ll with­stand most any ter­rain and con­di­tions you throw at it.

De­signed for en­durance ath­letes, the Ul­tra 260’s Sticky Grip out­sole pro­vides am­ple trac­tion through slip­pery and tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing sur­face con­di­tions, in­clud­ing 8 mm cleats that aid in pre­vent­ing mud from clog­ging the out­sole. Dis­tance run­ners should also like the shoe’s new mid­sole tech­nol­ogy, which Inov-8 re­ports will pro­vide 10 per cent bet­ter shock ab­sorp­tion and 15 per cent im­proved en­ergy re­turn than stan­dard mid­soles. The toe box is also roomy enough to ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of foot widths and swelling over longer runs.

The shoe’s ex­cep­tional trac­tion and com­fort comes at a slight cost, in that the shoe pro­vides light­weight pro­tec­tion against ob­jects such as tree roots and rocks; a mod­est price to pay for this topof-the-line dis­tance shoe.

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