Inov8 Terraclaw 220 & Terraclaw 250 Review
Terraclaw 220 & 250 by Inov-8 – The Missing Link In Off-Road Running?
In our humble opinion Inov-8’s range of excellent off-road shoes have been missing one very important shoe. Yes the Mudclaw and the X-Talon are great once you get onto soft ground, and the Trailroc is a great shoe for single track. Race Ultra shoes do what the name suggests, which is look after your feet when you are venturing out on a long bridleway type of run, but, they aren’t nimble and are hard to run quick in. The trouble with all these shoes is that they are perhaps a little too specialised for most of us in the UK to use from the door. Unless you are lucky enough to live in Snowdonia, the Lake District or the Cairngorms then the chances are your favourite off road run is a mix off all the types of terrain described above with a bit of the back stuff (road) thrown in.
Well Inov-8’s design team in Staveley, Cumbria have realised that not everyone can have a lunchtime run over the mountains and they have designed what we think is a real winner. The Terraclaw. Essentially this is a versatile trail shoe that can be used from the door but, it will perform over the ploughed field, on the single track through the woods and it will give you a bit of protection on the cobbled bridleway. It also won’t be bad at the weekends fell or trail race either.
220 Already Winning Awards in its Own Right
Off course there are shoes of this ilk already on the market. The Mizuno Harrier was a classic (until Mizuno had someone redesign it who obviously doesn’t run on trails in the UK), La Sportiva Crosslight, which is now the Mutant but, still as versatile a shoe. Prior to the launch of the Inov-8 Terraclaw in July 2015 Inov-8’s offering in the category would be be Roclite. Don’t get me wrong the Inov-8 Roclite 315, 295 and 280’s have all been nice shoes but, they lacked that easy to run in fast feel. They where just a bit too soft. They didn’t really push you forward and let you spring into your next stride in the same way as the Terraclaw does. The upper also didn’t quite hold your foot well enough to be at one with the shoe. Essential for rough terrain and steep descents.
The Inov-8 Terraclaw range of shoes will include two models. The Terraclaw 250 and the Terraclaw 220. As with all Inov-8’s product the numbers refers to the weight. So, as you would expect neither of these models are heavy.
Inov-8 Terraclaw 250 – The Award Winning 220’s Bigger Brother
The Terraclaw 250 is the higher mileage version of the Terraclaw range of shoes. It shares the same Dual-C outsole as the faster feeling Terraclaw 220. The Dual-C outsole contains components of both sticky and durable rubbers to offer the best in durability and grip. Designed to work on a variety of terrain, the lugs are positioned in such a way that any debri that clogs in the studs gets released as the shoe flexes. The grip has been designed to work whether you are on a long slow plod or a quick 3 miler round the park. The traction will work when climbing, descending or contouring.
The toe cap is double layered to give extra toe protection and the shoe has a tough rand going all the way around it. The tongue is stitched in at an angle so it doesn’t slide to the side in the shoe even on the roughest of terrain.
An efficient stride is helped by the tried and tested dynamic fascia band and met-cradle which helps support the planta fascia and gives that extra spring in your step. This reduces fatigue and encourages foot function.
The Terraclaw 250 has an 8mm differential between the height of the heel and forefoot. This makes the shoe slightly thicker in the mid-foot and heel so it is slightly stiffer and offers more stone resistance than the Terraclaw 220. The Terraclaw 220 has a 4mm differential and for that reason is a more flexible shoe which gives it a faster feel more suited to the mid-foot striking runner. The lacing is angled over the highest part of the foot to give it a snug fit over the mid-foot but, allows the shoe to be more open in the mid-foot and toes. This encourages the foot to spread as it touches the ground to improve stability, shock absorption and spring. The upper is lighter with a reduced rand to save weight and improve flexibility.