Inov-8 Parkclaw G 280 review: a formidable running shoe

Inov-8 has a fearsome reputation for building trail running shoes, as well as hikers and road too, so the idea of a crossover/hybrid shoe comes as no surprise. (image credit: Inov-8)
What's new? Inov-8 has pumped the Parkclaw G 280 full of Graphene, which promises better everything, from energy return to grip. (image credit: Mark Mayne)
We laced up a pair and headed out for several road runs, as well as venturing a little further to test both the grip and comfort across varied terrain. (image credit: Mark Mayne)
The Inov-8 PARKCLAW G 280 draws heavily on the heritage of the Inov-8 PARKCLAW 275 GTX, losing the Gore-Tex membrane, but adding in Graphene. (image credit: Mark Mayne)
Graphene is stronger and stiffer than diamond, yet can be stretched by a quarter of its length, like rubber. (image credit: Mark Mayne)
The first thing you’ll notice upon slipping your toes into the PARKCLAW G 280’s is that the external heel loop is very much needed to squish them on. (image credit: Inov-8)
Energy return is good, certainly up to the standards of some road-specific competitors we’ve tested, and much more dexterous. Read the full review on the site. (image credit: Mark Mayne)