Inov-8 launch new Race Ultra 290 shoe for off-road long distance runners

Inov-8 has announced in a recent press release the launch of a their first ever ultra distance trail running shoe. Dubbed ‘Race Ultra 290’, it is the latest addition to the Race Ultra range of gear for the ultra runner.

True to its roots, the Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 is a lightweight, streamlined shoe. But in this case and due to the nature ultra distance running, the Race Ultra 290 looks generously padded and comes with a more comfortable 8mm drop. To keep a certain level of natural feeling while running the british company used its multi-finger polymer Meta Shank design. The shank aligns with each individual metatarsal to allow the foot to move more naturally, while retaining underfoot protection and flexibility.

Race Ultra 290 bottom

Grip is provided by the Tri-C endurance outsole, using three different rubber types.

Off-road ultra runners who compete in grueling races, some of which can last days, weeks, need the most comfortable, durable shoes with outstanding grip – and that is what we have delivered. Key to this was the engineering of a Tri-C endurance outsole. Softer, sticky rubber on the edges brings greater traction, while high abrasion rubber at the heel improves durability and allows for heel striking when fatigued. The sticky rubber cleats bring outstanding mid-foot grip.

said Inov-8 founder Wayne Edy.

Race Ultra 290 side

The footbed is said to be ‘generous’ to allow the foot to swell after long hours of running and keep foot comfort optimal. The Race Ultra 290 will be available this July in the UK in 4 colours, 2 for men and 2 for women.