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  • Terrain


    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.

  • Arch support
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 6.7oz
    Women: 6.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 3mm
    Women: 3mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.