Facts

Terrain
Trail

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

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.

Use
Competition

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.

Water repellent
Price
$115
Weight
Men: 7.1oz
Women: 7.1oz
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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 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Inov-8 X-Talon 200 offers an impressive grip on all surfaces, according to a huge number of runners.
  • Most runners applauded the shoe for being lightweight and flexible.
  • Breathable forefoot mesh and DWR coating keeps the foot dry.
  • This shoe has a roomy toe box but not bulky based on several comments.
  • The Talon 200 has a narrow lacing system for a more secure and snug fit.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners complained that the Talon 200 is not as durable as expected.
  • Based on some comments, this shoe needs added underfoot protection.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 X-Talon 200 is a light weight and flexible running shoe for racing and obstacle course running. It provides impressive grip and protection on all surfaces.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 143 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes • Running Shoes • Level 3 expert

    Inov-8 X-Talon 200 is a new breed of running shoes, the special neutral shoe is created to benefit those runners who want to up their performance in more challenging races and tracks

  • 95 / 100 by Muddy Race • Rob Foulkes • Level 2 expert

    The grip remains excellent as always with 8mm in depth teeth that chew through mud and propel you forward, particularly useful for wet muddy hills and getting in and out of streams where there is no grip. 

  • 80 / 100 by New England Spahtens • Paul Jones • Level 2 expert

    I noticed at this point I was not the only one with X-talon 200’s that had this issue, many on the mountain had the same shoes with the same rips.

  • 100 / 100 by Grit Camp • Helena • Level 1 expert

    Their grip on ice and was also fantastic – I only slipped twice in the Winter Sprint, and both times I stopped myself falling. 

  • 96 / 100 by Mudstacle • Andy Parry • Level 1 expert

    The X-Talon 200s are a wickedly grippy shoe and really comfortable, and after 35km of usage they are still looking like new with no signs of wear or tear. These are definitely going to be my premier race shoe of choice, even though I'll avoid using them to train.

  • 94 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Andrew • Level 1 expert

    Overall, Inov-8 have absolutely nailed it with the X-Talon 200 and it has to be an early contender for my shoe of the year.

  • 90 / 100 by 3 Seconds • Sébastien David • Level 1 expert

    Grip is indeed surprising enough that at one point while expecting to slide slightly during a direction change, the shoe instead dug in so strong, I slightly twisted my ankle!

  • 86 / 100 by Trails and Tribulations • Ben • Level 1 expert

    Yes, there are some conditions that they can't handle, but I doubt anything would; I've looked at other shoes and there's nothing that seems to even come close to that sole, even more so factoring in a low drop/low stack.

  • 85 / 100 by For the Run of It • Wes Gibson • Level 1 expert

    I had a good feel for the trail under foot and was always getting the feedback needed from my foot but at no point did I get discomfort or pain from a sharp rock.

  • 85 / 100 by The Secret Adventurer • Henk Brand • Level 1 expert

    I personally love these shoes and feel like I could take them anywhere with me, whether it's a technical trail run race, individual adventure or just exploring the mountain ranges on my own.

  • 82 / 100 by SA OCR • Greg Avierinos • Level 1 expert

    They also drain water easily and have the same great grip and tread pattern as found on the 190’s.

  • 80 / 100 by Greg Avierinos • Greg Avierinos • Level 1 expert

    These also seem to have a bit more support than the 190’s which is nice over the very technical rocky terrain, making them my choice shoes when the trails become a bit more nasty.

  • 79 / 100 by Hooligans Hijinks • Hooligans Hijinks • Level 1 expert

    They do stay snug in all the right places once they’re laced up, which means so slipping and I haven’t gotten a single blister even after wearing them all day for two days straight.

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Updates to Inov-8 X-Talon 200

  • The Inov-8 X-Talon 200 features an enhanced upper built. The upper materials have water resistant coating that keeps water and mud from entering the shoe, allowing the foot to stay drier for the entire run.
  • It also comes with added protection. The rubber toe bumper is designed to protect foot from sharp rocks and obstacles. The sturdy Rope-Tec rubber gives protection against foot irritation and blisters especially on uphill runs and down ropes.

Inov-8 X-Talon 200 size and fit

The X-Talon 200 has a standard running shoe length and width. It has enough space in the heel and forefoot without feeling sloppy. The forefoot has enough space for toe splay. The midfoot delivers a snug fit. Generally, it gives comfortable fit to most runners.


Outsole

The outer sole of the X-Talon 200 features the brand’s Rope-Tech outsole technology. It gives enough amount of traction and durability. It also has the rubber toe bumper that gives protection against stone bruising and sharp stones during trail running.


Midsole

This shoe uses the traditional injected EVA that delivers enough cushioning. It efficiently absorbs shock during impact and delivers solid rebound for a responsive cushioning. The midsole gives soft underfoot comfort for medium-distance runs.


Upper

The upper of the Inov-8 Talon 200 uses synthetic material for a maximum breathable coverage. It keeps the cool and dry. With the double water resistant coating, the foot is kept drier even on wet condition. This coating technology also prevents mud and dirt from entering the shoe while keeping comfortable. The Reinforced TPU overlays give maximum comfort and adapts to multiple running environments.