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.
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WeightMen: 6.7ozWomen: 6.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 3mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 13mmWomen: 14mm
Forefoot heightMen: 10mmWomen: 11mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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80 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews
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.
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.
The upper mesh-like material was just not strong or durable enough for trail conditions, let-alone off-trail fell running.
They are racing machines and are perfect for those that really want to perform in all off-road conditions.
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.