When I started focusing on off road running, I discovered Inov-8 and they quickly became my shoe brand of choice. Shoe countback totals around 8 pairs so far I think. Lightweight, low drop and super grippy are the main benefits for me. So in bringing out a more ‘conventional’ type shoe, what will the compromise be? These are my first impressions of the new Ultra 290 having done one 11.5 mile run in them.