The Terrafly was designed as a shoe which would handle both road and trail running. If you are running groomed trails in a park, or cycle trails, or bush walking, it is a great shoe that is also a grippy road shoe. It doesn’t have the traction needed for mud, slush and mountains, but excellent for parks and domains. It is also a very comfortable leisure shoe – pre and post race - and looks great on the podium too!
And with GORE TEX, it means you can walk wet grass, or in the rain, and still keep your feet dry.
|Weight||313gms (UK size 8)|
|Sizes||UK: 7-12 (inc. 1/2s)
EU: 40.5-47 (inc. 1/2s)
US-M: 8-13 (inc. 1/2s)
|Shoc-Zone||Shoc Zone Three
Good underfoot protection
Right for most people, most of the time, in a variety of terrains. Great for training runs.
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These shoes are clearly based more of a road shoe than a off road shoe but both Elina and I felt they performed even better on the road than the dedicated Inov8 road shoes.
This was mainly due to two points; the first being the added grip which mean the shoes didn’t slip on small amount of gravel or smooth pavement which was something I had found with the 255 especially when wet.
Secondly the cushioning of the hybrid shoe seemed to be a touch more than the road versions which I really liked being a bigger runner. It may have been also a factor influenced by the more raised grip on the sole.
The slight cut-a-way on the rear of the shoe is great for promoting mid – fore foot striking and also for more stability when running down hill as any heel strike happens lower to the ground and with less force.
Off road the Terrafly performed well on dry trails, the sole pattern felt secure under foot and it was also reasonably grippy on roots and rocks. The pattern is not overly large and so if the trails were wet or muddy then a more dedicated off road shoe would be a better option. The sole is also ideally cushioned to avoid underfoot bruising from rocks penetrating through the shoe and would make an ideal summer long distance racing shoe for events such as Kepler, as long as the condition of the track was relatively dry
Both Elina and I do most of our running from home and subsequently most of our trail runs have an element of pavement as well. This shoe means than rather than chose between on and off road shoes we can use a shoe that is great on the road and is also a reasonably capable off road shoe. It is great on-road, gravel, and any dry off road conditions and gets at least a pass mark on wet rocky trails.
For runners looking for one shoe to do it all this would be a great option especially if they have a high mix of trail and road in their day-to-day running. The shoe is also easily light enough to be a good race shoe and when travelling will save the need for multiple pairs of shoes for different runs.