Inov8 Launch Race Ultra 290 Ultra Distance Shoe

The British minimal off-road shoe supremos have created a shoe built for extra long distance trail running.

Good news for fans of natural running styles but like to cover a bit (lot) more distance- UK based trail running company Inov8 are launching their first shoe built for ultra marathons. The Race Ultra 290 has been built specifically for the growing market of runners looking to run over a marathon in one huge hit. 

Already an award winner at the 2014 ISPO trade show, the shoe goes on sale in July.

Wayne Edy, founder of inov-8, said: “Off-road ultra runners who compete in gruelling 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.

“The shoe upper has been designed to ensure minimum friction and maximum comfort. This is achieved through a 360 degree rand, gusseted tounge, integrated gaiter clips and an X–STATIC footbed.”

Working closely with top international ultra runners like Ray Zahab (see video below), Inov8 were able to understand the needs of these committed athletes.

As a result, they developed the race ultra with a generous-fitting last, so that as the foot swells during long off-road distance races it affords the athlete greater comfort.

To encourage efficient running for as long as possible over huge distances, the Race Ultra 290 has been designed with an 8mm drop (heel to toe differential) and Inov8’s multi-finger polymer Meta Shank. The shank aligns with each individual metatarsal to allow the foot to move more naturally, while retaining underfoot protection and flexibility.

This shoe follows quickly on the heels of the first products in the Race Ultra range, which were launched in 2014. One of those, the Race Ultra Vest, was named an ISPO 2014 gold award winner as best in the performance equipment category.


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