Best trail shoe for extreme mud?

by May 4, 2018Fell shoes, Gear tests4 comments

Written by Claire Maxted

May 4, 2018

Are you looking for the best running shoe for very muddy, boggy running? Don’t miss out on my latest gear review, the Inov8 X-Claw 275 trail and fell running shoe.

Today’s question is “What is your preferred heel to toe drop in a running shoe?” I like 8-10mm myself, what do you go for? Comment below on YouTube to join the chat.

Don’t know what drop is? It’s explained here.

As always, feel free to comment below with your gear questions and I’ll do my best to help you out.

If you decide to buy any of the gear from my reviews, then please click on my affiliate links below. This means I get a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you (and for Amazon it’s anything you buy, not just the item I directed you to) – so THANK YOU if you do this 🙂

Amazon affiliate links:
Inov8 X-Claw 275
Inov8 Trail Talon
Inov8 Mudclaw 300
La Sportiva Bushido

Inov8’s own affiliate links:
Inov8 X-Claw 275 men’s
Inov8 X-Claw 275 women’s
Inov8 Trail Talon 290 men’s
Inov8 Trail Talon 290 women’s
Inov8 Mudclaw 300 unisex

Camera kit used:
GoPro Hero5
iPhone 7
Audio-Technica Omni ATR3350 Lavalier Mic
GoPro Tripod
Slik Master large tri-pod

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Transparency: As per usual for all outdoor journalists, I was sent this kit to test out free of charge. I am not paid to wear and review this kit and I provide trusted, independent reviews just as I did as editor of Trail Running magazine 2010-17.

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  1. Louise

    I like zero drop and as minimalist a shoe as possible. Certainly no higher than 4mm. I’m constantly on the lookout for my dream shoe – low drop, minimalist, wide toe box and aggressive fell running lugs! Any recommendations gratefully received!?

    • Wild Ginger Films

      Hi Louise, great to hear from you 🙂 how about the Inov8 X-Talon 210? Lightweight racing shoe, 3mm drop, same aggressive grip as the X-Claw 275, but does not look as precise a fit as the Mudclaw. Hope that helps you! If you go for it, use this link as I get a tiny percentage of the sale 🙂 Many thanks, Claire
      Inov8 Store: Amazon:

  2. Russell Bentley

    yeah also love the x-talon, lighter the better. But all Inov-8 feel too slippy on wet rock! Great blog by the way, keep it up!

    • Wild Ginger Films

      Thanks RB, the X-Talon is a fantastic shoe. Thanks for the kind comments! Claire