• 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: 7.5oz
    Women: 7.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    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: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The shoe is very flexible and fast, based on some reviews.
  • Some runners found this shoe very versatile.
  • Runners were impressed with the grip of the shoe, which is effective on soft and hard surfaces.
  • The Synthetic mesh in the upper, coupled with a Met Cradle webbing, secures the foot well while maintaining a well-ventilated interior environment.
  • It has the DWR coating that’s water repellant, keeping the foot dry while running on wet surfaces.
  • The mid-sole unit delivers responsive cushioning and propelling mechanics to make each step more empowered.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The X-Talon 212was too narrow to some testers.
  • It has a slightly expensive price.
  • The medium level of cushioning left some runners wanting more because they apparently experienced discomfort during extended use.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 X-Talon 212 is a racing shoe that can handle both soft and hard terrain. Aside from being a reliable mid-range racing shoe, this shoe doesn’t disappoint when it comes to hiking and obstacle running. It offers a good combination of durability, speed and protection that’s reliable and competent.


Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 32 expert reviews

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Updates to Inov-8 X-Talon 212

  • The all new Inov-8 X-Talon 212 features a combination of fast, light and natural running experience. It weighs only 212 grams and it has enough amount of flexibility. The overall design of the shoe delivers an increased speed for different running distances.
  • The upper of the shoe uses a durable water repellent (DWR) coating that keeps water from entering the shoe without affecting the overall breathability feature of the shoe.

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 size and fit

The X-Talon 212 has a standard running shoe size. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements, comfortably accommodating those with regular foot shape. The brand offers two widths fitting. One is the precision fitting or the narrow fit and the standard or the wider fit.


The outsole unit of the X-Talon 212 delivers an impressive all around grip. It is designed to hold on soft terrain and grip firmly on harder terrain. The aggressive lug pattern made the shoe ideal for loose rock or muddy surfaces. It also comes with Meta-Flex groove that is strategically located in the forefoot area to encourage natural foot movement, giving flexibility during toe-off.


The brand’s 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone was used in the midsole to provide medium underfoot cushioning. It offers a combination of underfoot protection and responsive cushioning. The midsole also uses the Dynamic Fascia Band that efficiently releases energy in every step, helping runners to run faster and more efficiently.


The upper is coated with a durable water repellant coating, providing a water-resistance capacity without sacrificing breathability and comfort. The shoe also utilizes the TPU Lacing System that provides added support and a more secured fit. It added to the solid and stable feel of the shoe.