Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 Men's Shoes Navy/Lime Customer feedback

Comments: I was very excited to read that Inov-8 was coming out with a trail shoe specifically designed for ultra marathons. I trail run 70-80 miles per week and typically race 4-6 ultra marathons per year. I have always been a loyal customer for Inov-8 trail shoes since 2007. I have used Roclite 295, 315 and 320. Trailroc 245 and 255. I have used them as an ultra marathon shoe. Though all great shoes, I was hoping for a more cushioned and protective shoe for 50 mile, 100K and 100 mile races. Since purchasing the Race Ultra 290, I have found my ideal shoe. I have run 200 miles in the Race Ultra 290 thus far with my longest run covering 28 miles. It is very comfortable. Wide in the toe box, hugs the midfoot nicely and stays secure in the heel. I have a wide foot. The shoe is extremely comfortable with great cushioning and excellent protection based on their meta shank. This protects the foot from sharp rocks and still allows you to feel the trail without the use of an overly protective rock plate. The shoe is stiff in the midsole which is by design for long mileage as the foot will appeciate in later stages of a long run. The grip is aggressive but not overkill. I have run over rugged hard pack trails which includes rocky single track, loose dirt, technical single track, fire roads and pavement. The tread handles all with ease. The wide platform of the shoe gives me excellent stability with confidence to attack tricky sections of the trail. The shoe has some other nice features. Secure laces, nice toe bumper, an antistink footbed and the shoe looks great. Inov-8 really put together a wonderfully constructed trail shoe. I'm grateful to Running Warehouse because they got this shoe in before anyone else. Their selection of trail shoes and trail gear is awesome! Their customer service and well constructed website is second to none.
From: David Wolf, LA, USA. July 10, 2014.

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