Arch support
M: 250g | W: 250g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
Forefoot height
M: 13mm | W: 13mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers commented that the Inov-8 Trail Talon 250 was suitably lightweight on the trails.

  • The outsole configuration enabled this running shoe to take on dry trail surfaces with ease, one tester noted.

  • Traction on wet surfaces was also agreeable for many runners.

  • Users wrote that the toe-box was not too narrow, that it allowed the toes to splay naturally for comfort and balance.

  • One running blogger wrote that this feather-light running shoe was fast and that it was a joy to run in.

  • A professional runner was very positive about the Trail Talon 250, saying that the breathable coverage was top-notch, the tread pattern was efficient, and the forefoot area was well-protected.

  • A reviewer pointed out that this running shoe had less cushioning than its sister shoe, the Trail Talon 275, but it was still very comfortable on all runs.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A runner noticed that it was able to perform well on shorter runs because it had a low drop and lesser cushioning than the Trail Talon 275, but it’s not for long off-road adventures.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 250 was widely praised for its lightweight disposition, its efficient outsole, and comfortable design. Many said that it helped them achieve great performances on the trails. Though one runner noted that it didn’t stay comfortable when taken on longer runs, it still performed admirably as a reliable off-road running shoe.

World wide, Trail Talon 250 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Inov-8, is the 15th most popular.

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 82
    Ian CorlessLevel 4 expert
    by Ian Corless
    The only negative (and it’s not really a negative) is that some of you may find the new incarnation a little ‘too’ cushioned.
  • 85
    Northern RunnerLevel 3 expert
    by Northern Runner
     With a return to form, the Trail Talon 250 has a much thinner midsole and is far more flexible. 
  • 82
    JonLevel 3 expert
    by Outdoors Magic
    Like it’s weightier brother, the Trail Talon 250 is aimed primarily at hardpack trails, but still has surprising amounts of grip on softer stuff too. It’s a lighter, lower more minimal beast altogether and while that makes it properly quick feeling and direct, the pay-off is less cushioning and comfort.
  • 85
    James EacottLevel 1 expert
    by Runultra
    Lightweight with good cushioning, the Trail Talon 250’s are superb ultra shoes. They feel more on the minimal end of the scale, but that’s fine. I’d just recommend spending a couple of months in them before any huge ultras, building the distance gradually. - See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Products/inov-8-Trail-Talon-250#sthash.yKfLp0Iu.dpuf
  • 83
    Catherine HardingLevel 1 expert
    by Get Out There
    The lightest in the new Trail Talon series, the Trail Talon 250 has been designed for speed and the best grip possible on hard-packed trails.
  • 81
    Inov-8 All TerrainLevel 1 expert
    by Inov-8 All Terrain
    If you’re looking to run fast but also want lots of underfoot cushioning, then this is your shoe.
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Updates to Trail Talon 250

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 250 is a lightweight running shoe that’s optimized for the trails. It features some trail-ready technologies and components which allow it to take the runners through the off-road paths with ease. High quality materials were used for this shoe, thus making it durable, formidable and long-lasting.

The upper unit utilizes breathable fabrics in order to maintain comfort and deliver ventilation to the runner. It also adapts to the movements and the shape of the foot when running and standing idly. The cover system is not stiff, so the runner won’t feel marred by it.

The PowerFlow is a mid-sole compound that is responsive to the running output of the wearer. It is capable of absorbing impact shock during landings and spring the foot forward during the toe-offs. A Dynamic Fascia Band serves as a lever arm, supporting each step and propelling the runner forward with speed & efficiency.

The outsole unit of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 250 has been optimized for the trails. Two sticky rubber compounds are used in this layer. Hard rubber improves grip on dry and wet surfaces, and it doesn’t easily wear off or lose structural integrity. A softer rubber material adds a bit of cushioning and flexibility on top of the traction that it gives. The Meta-Flex™ groove in the forefoot makes the platform more flexible.

Trail Talon 250 size and fit

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 250 has a standard running shoe length. The sizing schemes used for this model follow regular measurements. The available width for the men and women’s versions is medium, so it is able to allow those with medium sized feet to acclimate well to it. The natural curve of the human foot is mimicked by its semi-curved shape.


Two different sticky rubber materials are used for the outsole unit of the Trail Talon 250. The Hard Sticky Rubber delivers protection and traction, while having increased endurance. It doesn’t break down easily, so it remains intact even after many uses. The Soft Sticky Rubber also delivers sure traction. It is also flexible and responsive. Both these rubber materials give maximum grip on wet and slippery surfaces.

Gripping lugs allow the outsole to function well on a variety of surfaces. They heighten the grip, especially when going uphill or downhill, thus preventing slippage.

The Meta-Flex™ groove is placed the forefoot area of the external sole unit. It allows the platform to become more flexible and adherent to the natural movements of the foot, especially during the toe-off phase.


The PowerFlow is a mid-sole material that responsibly cushions the foot. It also absorbs impact shock when the foot strikes the ground, and return energy to the foot for a more enabled toe-off.

The Dynamic Fascia Band that runs from the heel to the front of the platform serves as a lever arm that propels the runner forward with each step. It is not noticeable when the Inov-8 Trail Talon 250 is taken for a spin.

The One Arrow Shock-Zone™ is an Inov-8 system that indicates responsiveness. It doesn’t have a robust cushioning system, but it’s not feeble when it comes to its functionality. The drop of this model is 4mm.


Breathable coverage is given to the runner via a synthetic mesh. Its open construction allows air to enter the foot-chamber in order to keep the foot cool and dry.

The Met-Cradle is comprised of a synthetic webbing that adapts to the shape of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. Basically. It doesn’t make the upper feel stiff or restrictive.

Rocks and other trail debris repelled by the Toe Cap. It covers the forefoot area, essentially shielding the toes from potential injury.


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