Who should buy the Inov-8 X-Talon 210

The X-Talon 210 from Inov-8 is built as a light and fast trail running shoe. This is recommended for you if:

  • You want a breathable trail shoe that can support neutral pronators or supinators
  • You are a forefoot/midfoot striker who prefers a running shoe that works on mud and off-trails

Inov-8 X-Talon 210 print

Updates to the Inov-8 X-Talon 210

  • Aggressive gripping lugs efficiently handle both soft and hard terrains
  • Injected EVA foam provides ground sensation, allowing the wearer to feel the surface and move fast
  • The upper ensures lightness as the pores drain water and accommodate airflow

Inov-8 X-Talon 210 logo

A heightened grip on upward and downward paths

STICKY GRIP is a rubber outsole that’s designed to deliver traction on both dry and wet surfaces. It’s also made to last long.

Inov-8 X-Talon 210 outsole

The X-Talon 210 has aggressive 8-millimeter gripping lugs to heighten grip over the terrains. These square-shaped protrusions also make it easier to traverse upward and downward paths.

Mild cushioning and protection

The cushioning system of the Inov-8 X-Talon 210 is made of injected EVA that’s fused with the same rubber compound that graces the outsole. Its purpose is to deliver mild cushioning and proprioception in a package that’s protective and long-lasting. Moreover, it doesn’t have a substantial thickness. Such a profile allows this shoe to tackle swim/run events.

Inov-8 X-Talon 210 midsole

Moisture-wicking upper

A layered, non-water-absorbing mesh is used for the upper unit. The purpose of this configuration is to prevent water retention and allow fast drainage when getting out of the swimming portion of an event. The open pores of this silhouette also permit airflow into the foot-chamber.

Inov-8 X-Talon 210 mesh upper

The Met-Cradle is a set of printed overlays on the façade. These thin add-ons support the foot, giving it a secure fit as they adjust in conjunction with the lacing system.

Inov-8 X-Talon 210 met-cradle

The gusseted tongue wards of fabric scraping and material deviation. It also prevents debris from entering the interior of the X-Talon 210.

Inov-8 X-Talon 210 gusseted tongue

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 7.4oz
Drop: 3mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 6mm
Heel height: 9mm

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