Skip Navigation

Coming Soon: The inov-8 Race Ultra 290 Shoe Review.

 

Hey, I recently received a pair of the new, soon to be released Race Ultra Shoes from inov-8.  The ‘290s’ are a great looking pair of shoes, stacked for high mileage, with some clever little features.  My first impression is excitement, as I’m more a fan of ultras than anything else and the fact is – I’ve never tried a ‘deep pan’ shoe as I call them.  I’m a thin and crispy kinda guy!

DSC_0107

Will this shoe bring comfort to the table?  Will I enjoy the variety of terrain you might expect to cover on most ultra distance events?  Will anybody point and laugh at me in my LADIES size UK6?

These questions and more will be answered in our online Magazine very soon, but to give you all a heads up:

  • The shoes are released on or around the 14th July 2014.
  • Accelerate will be among the first to stock this new item.
  • There will be accessories to go with the shoes, adding to your overall Ultra Marathon readiness.

The results so far –

I have already run to/from work in this shoe for the last few days.  Entirely road/pavement routes have so far provided me with a test of how comfy the shoe is under foot and it behaves in such a neutral fashion, I couldn’t really feel anything going on.  That’s better than it might sound, as I was in no way preoccupied with them.  No frustration, no rubbing, no discomfort in any sense.  So far so good then.  When I did have to tackle a slightly more technical surface(cobbles/stony waste ground etc) the shoe revealed just how stable it is, along with a hint at the cushioning at play.  On even pavements through Hillsborough/Wicker/Attercliffe they made for smooth running.

I’m really liking them for the amount Ive done and despite not trying anything close to an ultra in them, my tired legs(due to a recent return to running proper) felt the benefit of a less demanding shoe for a change.

Once I’ve tested them on trails and rocky ground I shall post a full review on the magazine including full specs.

About Guest Blogger

Special Guests who love to run and have something to say. Running, kit and gear, racing and adventures... anything goes, thank goodness!

This entry was posted in Tested & Abused!. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

Buzz Contributors

  • Accelerate Community - WoodRun, ATR & Juniors, Accelerate Your Speed and Running Past 50. Fun, healthy running groups for everyone. News and updates, plus the Gritstone Series.
  • Accelerate Running Store - News, updates and info from the store. Products, tips and tricks, the latest and the greatest.
  • Guest Blogger - Special Guests who love to run and have something to say. Running, kit and gear, racing and adventures... anything goes, thank goodness!
  • Run Stu - Accelerate Performance and Healthy Run Coaching, Heart rate, Periodisation, Strength & Stability. Business owner @accelerateuk Coach to #TeamAccelerate The open road, fell, moorland and high places. Sunny days, days the wind blows and rain is horizontal - 'You're Alive!' Twitter and Instagram: @RunStuCoach
  • Team Accelerate - Is a group of runners supported by Accelerate Running Co, they train hard, race harder but most of all have fun together as a team. They receive support from Scott Running and Inov8. The Team includes the 'Flamingos' coached group.

Accelerate Lifestyle Limited

Accelerate UK: Sheffield and the Peak's Largest dedicated Running Store Road Running, Fell and Trail, along with Adventure Racing are all covered in store. A wide choice of product is backed up with an unprecedented level of experience and running knowledge. At Accelerate we love our running, we would suggest it shows.