David F.wrote a review of Inov 8 Race Ultra 290 Running Shoe - Men's on July 24, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
I've speed-hiked and ran mountain trails for years, but mostly in light hiking boots/shoes or approach shoes. These are my first dedicated trail-running shoe. They are not as flexible as I would have hoped, but that may be an acceptable trade-off for the good rock-protection that the stiff sole provides. The lug size and depth is good for multiple types of surfaces, from dirt to scree to slickrock, though may not be the greatest in loose mud. There is a seam across the top of the heel inside that worried me the instant I put them on, but surprisingly, I haven't gotten a blister there yet, but have only run about 10 miles at a time in them so far. The weight is a little lighter than my light hikers, but still pretty heavy compared to my road running shoes. The 'Inov8' logo cracked and peeled on the first use, and is not of a proper material to flex with the shoe. I haven't crossed enough water yet to comment on the waterproofness, but breathability seemed adequate, though not as much as a non-waterproof shoe. All in all, I'm pretty happy with them, and hope they allow me to increase both my speed and distances in the mountains, while minimizing bruised feet from sharp rocky trails and scrambling. Fit seemed true to size.