UPDATE (June 4) – REVIEWS:
‘Comfortable and durable enough to sustain high-mileage training’ Gear Institute
‘Have a wider foot? The inov-8 Race Ultra 270 could be your next favorite shoe’ Active Gear Review
‘Our testers gushed about the Race Ultra 270’s agility and grip on technical terrain’ Trailrunner
‘A deceptive amount of cushioning & ample traction. Unique blend of speed & stability’ Men’s Running
‘My new favourite running shoe’ trailgrip.com
‘A weapon for long runs and technical terrain’ Gear Exposure
‘Mountain goat agility on technical terrain. Shoe of the week’ Competitor
Building on the success of our award-winning RACE ULTRA 290, we designed a new lighter version – the RACE ULTRA 270
Working closely with top international ultra runners in its development, the RACE ULTRA 270 gives long-distance athletes an even faster weapon in their running shoe armoury. Available now, the RACE ULTRA 270 weighs in at just 270g -20g lighter than the RACE ULTRA 290 -and has been designed for big-mile races over trails and mountains. With a reduced 4mm drop (heel to toe differential), the RACE ULTRA 270 brings the athlete closer to the terrain. And while this delivers increased levels of proprioception, the shoe retains optimal cushioning and comfort.
A flatter outsole ensures a stable ride when fatigue sets in, while outstanding grip is guaranteed through a combination of sticky and high abrasion rubber cleats. Our unique on-the-shoe attachment system allows a RACE ULTRA GAITER (available to buy separately) to be fitted, ensuring all debris is kept at bay. A multi-finger polymer Meta-Shank aligns with each individual metatarsal, delivering an extra kick of energy with every step while retaining impact protection and flexibility. The RACE ULTRA 270 has been engineered in our standard fit, which allows extra room and increased comfort for when feet swell over long distance races.
International ultra runner Brendan Davies, who finished top-8 in both the Western States 100 and Ultra-Trail Mt Fuji last year, was involved in the testing and development of the RACE ULTRA 270.
Brendan said: “The RACE ULTRA 270 is the perfect running shoe for racing long distances over trails. With the 4mm drop I still have a great feel of the ground underneath my feet but with superb comfort too. The Meta-Shank gives me flexible and lightweight protection. It means I can run long distances and always be protected from the harsh sandstone that is a feature where I live in the Blue Mountains, Australia.
“The grip is ideal for running long ultras. It really is a great all-round running shoe, offering superb traction on technical trails, both in dry and wet conditions. I also use it in training when a lot of my running is on fire trails. I’ve found the RACE ULTRA 270 really comfortable when running big miles in training. I wore the RACE ULTRA 270 when, as part of a four-man team, breaking the course record for a 100k race in Sydney and plan to wear it for a lot of races in 2015, including the Western States 100.”
The RACE ULTRA 270 was also the running shoe on the feet of global adventurer Ray Zahab, who pushed his body to the limit in an 800-mile challenge across the Patagonian Desert, one of the most remote and extreme places on earth. Kieran Alger also wore it to run the 2015 Marathon des Sables – 156 miles of unforgiving sand. Read Kieran’s post-race blog.
After gaining a sneak peek of the RACE ULTRA 270, Men’s Running magazine (UK) named the shoe as one of their top-six hottest trail running product picks for 2015. The magazine, who also included our RACE ULTRA SHELL in the top-six of their February issue, wrote: “inov-8 have consistently made excellent off-road shoes – and the RACE ULTRA 270 is no exception. These lightweight off-roaders weigh just 270g and have a reduced 4mm drop, bringing you closer to the ground. A flatter outsole ensures a stable ride when legs get tired and the rugged outsole gives great traction.”
Since then, Men’s Running magazine have conducted a full test and review of the RACE ULTRA 270 and, in their May issue, awarded it BEST IN TEST.
Sitting alongside the RACE ULTRA 290 in the range, the RACE ULTRA 270 is available in two colour options for both men and women. Our RACE ULTRA offering also includes apparel and equipment, including the award-winning vest packs.
New RACE ULTRA 270 colourways for men and women will be introduced into the range for AW15 (available to buy from July). See the new colour ways below: