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Most Innovative Trail Running Shoe Award For PARKCLAW 275 GTX

We’re stoked that our new PARKCLAW 275 GTX has been named Most Innovative Trail Running Shoe by Competitor Running, the renowned US sports magazine.

“Waterproof and ready for anything…we found it really shined on rocky, technical trails. The traction also gave us a solid and reassuring grip…the cushioning both in the midsole and around the heel collar added comfort. Most notable for a Gore-Tex shoe, it’s surprisingly comfortable, lightweight and supple…” Competitor Running, September 2017.

This versatile shoe is perfect for runners wanting to run on paths and trails, or those looking to make a transition from road running to trail running. It features 4mm deep studs on the outsole for increased trail grip, which because of the wide surface area also ensure a smooth ride on the road.

Outside magazine also included it in their Winter Buyer’s Guide, writing: “Without that traditional bulky, crinkly bootie, it’s hard to tell the PARKCLAW 275 GTX is waterproof until you step in a puddle!”

More outstanding reviews have followed in the early part of 2018. Influential UK running bloggers Leanne Davies (aka RunMummyRun) and Ian Corless (aka Talk Ultra) tested the shoes. Leanne wrote: “From hardened trail runners to park runners alike, the PARKCLAW 275 GTX really will suit everybody who runs multi-terrain routes.” Read the full review.

Ian wrote: “Ultimately, I think inov-8 created this shoe as an ‘introduction’ shoe. A way of enticing roadies to trail. In doing so, they have created a stand-alone shoe which I have been using daily, and yes, it’s equally great as a walking shoe. A jack of all trades is never brilliant at any one thing but the PARKCLAW 275 GTX does a great job at making the mix and transition.” Read the full review.



With all-new GORE® Invisible Fit runners can enjoy all the benefits of protective footwear technology with the fit and feel of regular running shoes. The GORE-TEX® membrane is engineered to bond directly to the shoe upper in the most discreet manner yet, creating protective footwear that keeps feet dry and comfortable in the wettest and harshest of running conditions. This also significantly reduces water pick-up and dries up to 50% faster than a standard booty construction.

parkclaw 275 gtx competitor

Used with the permission of Competitor magazine.

inov-8 product and marketing director Michael Price said: “We are the first brand to use this new technology in trail running footwear. It is a big coup for us and once again proves that we remain at the cutting-edge of running shoe innovation.

“The Parkclaw 275 GTX uses less material in its construction versus a standard GORE-TEX® model, which means it’s both lighter and reduces pressure points and blistering for runners. Guaranteed to keep you dry, it’s a versatile trail running shoe that excels in wet conditions and the cleats mean it will get a grip on a mixture of trail, park and road surfaces. There is no reason for wet weather hold you back!”

Men’s Fitness (USA) also included the shoe in their list of ’10 Winter Running Essentials,’ saying: “This road-to-trail shoe has a seriously grippy outsole and a Gore-Tex upper that seals out moisture without suffocating your feet.” Read the full review here.

outside magazine

Used with the permission of Outside magazine.


For those runners wanting a road to trail hybrid-style shoe without waterproof protection, we have the new PARKCLAW 275. Featuring the same versatile grip as the award-winning GTX, it’s proving a popular choice with runners of all abilities.

“My favourite running shoe of 2017? Possibly yes.” – read the full My Outdoors review of the PARKCLAW 275 here.

“I would fully recommend these shoes to anyone looking to start trail running, all parkrunners, those who seek that smooth transition between surfaces or any trainer addicts like myself.” – Run 247 review. Read it in full here.

“If you’re a new/intermediate trail runner, looking to step away from the roads more, then I really recommend you try the PARKCLAW 275. They have excellent stability, are very light and also comfortable. This is a winning combination for a trail shoe.” – Trail & Kale review. Read it in full here.

inov-8 parkclaw 275

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