Terrafly 313 GTX (Terrafly 287 GTX – women’s model)
• Shoc-Zone: 3 arrow (inov-8’s most popular)
• Differential: 9 mm (with a 6mm footbed)
• Midsole: injected EVA
• Fit: Anatomic last - Inov-8’s most comfortable and relaxed fit based on the shape of the foot, the women’s 287 model has a slightly narrower heel
• Sole: Terrafly with sticky rubber
• Upper: Synthetic, TPU & Gore-Tex lining
• Weight : 11 oz / 313 g (men) and 10.1 oz / 287 g (women)
I now have about 350 miles on my first pair of Terrafly 313’s. I wore these practically out of the box for a 54 mile ultra race that had a lot of mixed terrain. I wanted to take inov-8 up on their claim that the Terrafly is designed for both road and trail surfaces. The Terrafly 313 GTX definitely did not disappoint. I did not have any hot spots or blisters on my feet after the race.
I’ve worn just about every model of shoe that inov-8 has manufactured to date and this is one of my favorites thus far. The anatomic last is the same last offered on most of the Road-X shoes from inov-8. However the Terrafly feels a bit softer or bouncier. For me, it is just about the right amount of responsiveness and cushioning under foot.
I’ve tried the Terrafly’s out on roads, hard packed trails, snow covered trails and gravel roads. The only time I felt the least bit unstable was on a muddy, slick trail where the Terrafly outsole has a slighter disadvantage than some of our other outsoles. The sticky rubber however was much appreciated on all surfaces and the Gore-Tex lining makes this a perfect 3-season running shoe. The GTX lining actually makes the shoe feel more stable on my foot when trail running and taking sharp turns. The Gore-Tex upper combined with the anatomic last allows this shoe to fit my foot like a glove.
So many of my daily runs have a combination of surfaces that it is nice to go from one type of terrain to the other and not have to think about my footwear. I have not noticed the least bit of wear thus far even with the sticky rubber outsole. The Terrafly’s feel just as good now as the day I first wore them. I’m anticipating getting 650-750 miles maybe more of mixed terrain use. I’ve shied away form Gore-Tex shoes in the past but decided the Terrafly was worth a try. I’m glad I gave them a chance and now they will be a go-to shoe for many training runs and races to come.