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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Competition

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.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many runners liked the comfortable construction of the Inov-8 X-Talon 190.
  • Runners were impressed by how flexible this shoe is.
  • Most applauded the ground feel and underfoot comfort this shoe offers.
  • The X-Talon 190 features a DWR coating that repels water, keeping the foot dry while running under wet conditions.
  • Synthetic mesh and the TPU Lacing System responsibly secure the foot and keep it in place.
  • This shoe features the highly responsive 1 Arrow Inov-8 Shoc-Zone technology, which offers minimal cushioning for barefoot runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that this shoe didn’t have as much traction as advertised.
  • The shoe is available in limited color options.
  • It is slightly expensive.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 X-Talon 190 is a fast and reliable racing shoe that offers a precise and comfortable fit. It impressed most runners because it is so lightweight, comfortable and flexible. This neutral shoe was also designed for mountain and obstacle course running.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 51 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by iRunFar • Tom Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    The X-Talon 190 is the type of shoe I would use to run a race with a great deal of climbing without a very technical descent. It performs great on turf with roots and mud, and in wet conditions of any kind. If I’m looking for a go-fast trail shoe for a sub-ultra distance race then this would be a perfect choice.

  • 70 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Outdoor Kinetics • Level 3 expert

    Running in the X-Talon 190 a bit of an uncompromising experience and I did get minor blister problems near the ball of my foot on a couple of occasions after longer runs.

  • 55 / 100 by Caveman Clarke • Caveman Clarke • Level 3 expert

    The upper mesh-like material was just not strong or durable enough for trail conditions, let-alone off-trail fell running.

  • 94 / 100 by Mudstacle • Pete • Level 2 expert

    They are racing machines and are perfect for those that really want to perform in all off-road conditions.

  • 91 / 100 by Hiking in Finland • Hendrik Morkel • Level 2 expert

    Except in (our cold Finnish) winter the X-Talon 190 are perfect for three season ultralight backpacking - great grip, comfortable, breathable, quick drying.

  • 100 / 100 by OCR Life • OCR Life • Level 1 expert

    Overall this is a brilliant shorter race shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Time Outdoors • Nick • Level 1 expert

    Putting them on for the first time, they were like slippers, but armed with serious grip.

  • 90 / 100 by Time Outdoors • TimeOutDoors • Level 1 expert

    Putting them on for the first time, they were like slippers, but armed with serious grip. I was able to bend my foot easily - the mesh construction is very breathable and I had no issue with the width of my size 10 feet.

  • 84 / 100 by Mountain Peak Fitness • Laura Swift • Level 1 expert

    The shoe lacks a rock plate in the forefoot so the occasional sharp rock that got through the lugs was incredibly painful; however on trails with roots and mud these shoes are absolutely perfect!

  • 73 / 100 by Earning A Beer • Rick Bjarnason • Level 1 expert

    In conclusion, these shoes are meant for obstacle course, mud running or fell racing.

  • 40 / 100 by Trail Run Magazine • Nick Weinholt • Level 1 expert

    The honest assessment from Inov-8 that notes the faster wear of the outer sole applies to the overall shoe.  It would be easy to rip the upper on a sharp rock.

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Updates to Inov-8 X-Talon 190

  • The Inov-8 X-Talon 190 features a lightweight and flexible construction, making it an ideal shoe for racing. It is equipped with necessary technologies that allow runners to experience optimal running performance.
  • The shoe features a water-resistant upper coverage. The upper is coated with water repellent compound. It keeps water from entering the shoe while running on wet condition. With its water resistant capacity, the foot is always dry.

Inov-8 X-Talon 190 size and fit

The X-Talon 190 is a unisex shoe and is only available in men’s sizing. Women who want to use this shoe should subtract 1.5 from the actual shoe size. This shoe comfortably accommodates those with narrow heel, medium forefoot and low midfoot.


Outsole

The outsole of the X-Talon 190 comes with an aggressive lug pattern that provides impressive grip on mixed terrain. The outsole uses the sticky rubber that delivers an impressive traction wet conditions. The Meta-Flex groove delivers natural forefoot flex. The overall design of the outsole gives runners optimal running performance.


Midsole

This shoe from Inov-8 uses the lowest cushioning level. It uses the brand’s 1Arrow Shoc-Zone that delivers minimal underfoot cushioning at the same time giving a very low heel-to-toe drop.

The Fascia Band is responsible for releasing energy with every step for a more powerful toe off. Moving forward is a lot easier because of this rigid lever arm that extends from the heel to the forefoot.
In the midsole is also the injected EVA cushioning foam that gives efficient energy rebound and resilient cushioning for a more resilient ride. It also gives maximum memory retention.


Upper

The Inov-8 X-Talon 190 uses a synthetic mesh in its upper, delivering a more lightweight and breathable coverage. It keeps foot cool and dry for the entire run. The upper also features the durable water repellent material that it breathable and water resistant. The TPU Lacing System provides a secure fit that is strong and lightweight.