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The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 is a performance, varied-surface, neutral trail running shoe best suited for ultra racing and daily training.

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Building on the success of the Race Ultra line, the updated Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 offers a few tweaks from its previous version for even greater performance.  This trail shoe, built for long distances, retains its exceptional grip package for an optimal level of traction, comfort, and endurance.  A toned-down medial cage allows for more natural movement of the foot, with lighter welded overlays that create a more flexible and breathable upper feel.  Perfect for mixed terrain, the Race Ultra 290 is fully equipped to handle the needs of ultra runners.

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Weight: 10.2 oz/289.2g (size 9)

Stack Height: 26mm (Heel), 17mm (Forefoot)

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved

MIDSOLE

  • 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone provides moderate underfoot cushioning. This is Inov8's medium level of cushioning on their 0-4 arrow scale.
  • Injected EVA Foam for resilient cushioning with maximum memory retention.
  • Dynamic Fascia Band running from the heel to the forefoot acts as a rigid lever arm, releasing energy with each step and propelling the runner forward.
  • Meta-Shank extends from the midfoot to the forefoot in a 5-finger fashion, for flexible underfoot impact protection.

OUTSOLE

  • Race Ultra is a flatter trail outsole built with a low lug pattern. It is intended for use on both hard packed trails and occasional roads.
  • Endurance Rubber for increased durability and grip on mixed terrain.
  • Meta-Flex groove is located at the forefoot to encourage natural forefoot flex during toe-off.

UPPER 

  • Synthetic Mesh covers the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage.
  • TPU Lacing System uses TPU lacing supports for a strong, lightweight and secure fit.
  • 6mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort.
  • X-Static XT2 uses the properties of silver to combat bacteria growth, fighting odor and athletes foot.
  • Gaiter Attachment allows perfect gaiter fit (matching gaiter sold separately).

LAST

  • Anatomic Last follows the natural shape of the human foot for a close and comfortable fit.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Grade:

  • Neutral
  • Minimum
  • Moderate
  • Maximum

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm):

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal

Surface:

  • Road
  • Road/Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

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