Arch support
M: 225g | W: 225g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 21mm | W: 21mm
Forefoot height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.

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.


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.


We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many off-road and obstacle course enthusiasts consider the X-Talon 225 as very comfortable.

  • Several consumers applauded the lightweight nature of this shoe.

  • According to some reviewers, they’d received great quality for the price of this product; they wrote that it was a good investment.

  • It is really responsive, based on the comments of several runners.

  • The 8 mm gripping lugs and the new sticky rubber provided excellent traction and grip, noted those who have tested it.

  • A number of runners have noted that the materials used here were able to dry quickly after being exposed to water.

  • The breathability is superb, as remarked by some.

  • Some runners stated that the X-Talon 225 was exceptionally durable despite being very lightweight.

  • The upper cover system and underfoot platform received positive recognition for being flexible.

  • Ground feedback is excellent in this shoe, reported several reviewers.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The fit of the 225 X-Talon is quite narrow for some.

  • The sole unit felt a bit stiff, according to a handful of testers.

  • The aggressive gripping lugs didn’t make the shoe comfortable or stable on flat and hard surfaces, a few runners commented.

  • Some runners reported that that small rocks got into the foot-chamber via the low-cut collar.

  • A small number of OCR lovers remarked that the drainage system wasn’t very efficient when it came to sluicing out water.

  • Several Inov-8 diehards wished for a Standard Fit for the X-Talon 225; the Precision Fit felt too tight for them.

Bottom line

Inov-8 expands the range of choices for runners in the X-Talon series by introducing the 225. It is built for the fast runner for fell or mountain running. The shoe stands out in the mud, grass, and rock. Obstacle course racers also get another very solid option in this shoe. At a very reasonable price, runners can get unbelievable traction, excellent responsiveness, water-repellent coverage, and decent arch support. Running on rugged and extremely challenging terrain should be quite fun in this shoe.

World wide, X-Talon 225 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Inov-8, is the 15th most popular.

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82 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 82
    MudstacleLevel 1 expert
    by Mudstacle
    I wouldn't necessarily wanna wear these for a really long distance. I think it will just get a little bit too painful. But for those shorter distances, it just feels great.
  • 80
    John FowlerLevel 1 expert
    by John Fowler
    I think these are more durable than the 190's and better for sort of half-marathons or longer.
  • 80
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    While there is a “fascia band” underfoot that provides some protection, the sole is too thin for many runners to use on a daily basis. It’s best suited for efficient runners on extreme trails and during mountain races.
  • 82
    Men's RunningLevel 3 expert
    by Men's Running
    Feet remain dry and we’ve felt few shoes with such substantial grip before – particularly one so lightweight.
  • 82
    Northern RunnerLevel 3 expert
    by Northern Runner
    The grip (as expected) was superb and I never felt unsure of my footing on any type of terrain.
  • 81
    Adrian Tarit StottLevel 2 expert
    by Run And Become
    This is a fabulous shoe for short to medium training and racing whether on the hills, trails or x-country. It will also work if you want to be competitive in your next muddy Obstacle Course Race (OCR).
  • 93
    Calvin Jake FergusonLevel 1 expert
    by The Young Feller
    Comfortable, grippy and lightweight, they provide me with the confidence to descend with more nerve and proved to be a trustworthy shoe on the absolutely rain sodden Pendle 3 Peaks a short while ago as well as letting me go all out on the descents of Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike...I don't think you can ask for more than that from a fell shoe! 
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Updates to X-Talon 225

Inov-8 brings many of its top of the line technologies in the creation of the X-Talon 225. Unlike the other X-Talon shoes, the 225 uses a dual rubber compound that is extremely sticky. The main difference is the tougher rubber in high-wear areas to give this shoe a very durable ride.

Featured in this shoe are very aggressive and deep 8mm lugs that offer superior bite on mud, grass, and rocks.

In the midsole of this shoe is a TPU material called the Dynamic Fascia Band that mimics how the fascia band works. It gives the runner added zip with every stride.

The ballistic nylon upper delivers optimal durability with water-repellent features. It is quite breathable and hugs the foot in comfort and support.

A mesh tongue helps with shoe ventilation and comfortable next to skin feel.

X-Talon 225 size and fit

Inov-8’s Precision Fit last gives the X-Talon 225 a narrow to standard fit. It is designed for fast running and wraps the foot all around. The heel and midfoot have superb locked down security that is not constraining while the forefoot has just enough room for the toes to splay. It runs true to size.


The Inov-8 X-Talon 225 uses for the first time in this series a Dual C rubber compound for its stickiness and enhanced durability. There are 8mm lugs all over the underfoot for aggressive and no-holds barred traction. Running up and down, taking on mud and rocky terrain is within easy reach with this rubber compound and outsole layout. Giving this shoe indispensable flexibility in the forefoot is a Meta-Flex Groove.


An injection molded EVA runs the length of the midsole for average cushioning and responsiveness. The full-length material also helps with the transition from landing to take-off. Inov-8’s unique DFB or Dynamic Fascia Band is a TPU shank that stretches from the heel to the forefoot. This material forks into 5 different strips that follow the metatarsals for natural responsiveness. As the X-Talon 225 is a 1 Arrow Shoc Zone design, it has a minimal cushioning with very a responsive ride.


A ballistic nylon upper delivers breathability, support, and comfort. The Inov-8 exclusive Met-Cradle is a system that really supports the foot without the use of heavy or stitched overlays. Water resistance is made possible by the upper that is coated with water-repellent technology. The Precision Fit of this shoe gives it a racing flat fit that prevents unnecessary movements. A reinforced toe box prevents the toes from getting bruised. The mesh tongue is strategically used to offer more air flow for a cool and dry run.


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