Our verdict


Based on user reviews, the Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 is well-received by most trail runners. The shoe gained positive feedback when it comes to design, fit, and performance on rugged conditions. Overall, the shoe is an impressive release. It is a great option for runners who are looking for a lightweight, affordable, and high-performing running shoe.


  • Wide toe box
  • Lightweight
  • Well-designed shoe
  • Durable
  • Grippy outsole


  • Needs more cushioning

Who should buy the Inov-8 Trail Talon 290

  • Ideal training partner for hard-packed trails for those who have neutral pronation.
  • A great choice for trail runners who are into short and long distance trail running.

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Updates to the Inov-8 Trail Talon 290

  • Great for packed topography and moderately tricky surfaces.
  • Not as hefty in design as most of its peers in the trail-running market.
  • Moderate level of cushioning is employed in this product.
  • Not-so-thick platform provides cushioning and support throughout the running session.
  • Exterior section has multiple rubber compounds that ensure grip and protection from abrasion.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 updates

Delivers solid performance on the trails

Three rubber compounds are used for the outsole unit of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 290. These elements deliver a performance that’s perfect for the trails. The amalgamation is known as the Tri-C rubber compound.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 outsole

The first material is called the Soft Sticky Rubber, and it heightens grip on wet surfaces. Its malleable nature potentially adds a bit more cushioning for the foot. The second compound is named Hard Sticky Rubber, and it doles out traction while having a durable build.

Trail Talon 290 encourages natural flexibility

The final piece of the Tri-C union is the Endurance Rubber, and it delivers long-lasting performance over a variety of terrains. The Trailclaw design makes use of aggressive, multidirectional lugs that are 4mm in thickness.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 meta-flex

These protrusions pockmark the external pad, including the perimeter. Upward and downward traversals become more manageable with this useful optimization. The Meta-Flex is a horizontal groove placed on the forefoot section. It encourages the natural flexibility of the wearer’s foot.

Provides moderate levels of cushioning

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 features the 2-Arrow Shock Zone, which is the Inov-8 descriptor for midsole units that provide moderate levels of cushioning.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 midsole

Powerflow is a two-piece foam compound that’s responsible for carrying the foot throughout the running session. It doles out 10% better impact absorption and brings 15% more energy to the foot.

Responsive lift during the toe-off

A rigid lever limb called Dynamic Fascia Band is placed within the midsole. It acts as the tendons and muscles of the underfoot, supporting them and enabling a responsive lift during the toe-off.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 breathable and lightweight

The upper unit of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 utilizes a synthetic mesh. It is lightweight and breathable. Its minute breathing pores allow airflow into the foot-chamber while warding off small debris.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 offers a snug and customizable fit

A traditional lacing system is at work in this product. It’s supported by a TPU cradle on the sides. These features enable a snug yet customizable fit. A rubber bumper on the forefoot section protects the toes from abrasive debris and potentially harmful surfaces.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 290 snug and comfortable fit

There are gaiter hooks on this shoe. These pockets allow gaiter attachments to be added to the façade, thereby heightening protection from the hazards on the trails.