Facts

  • Terrain

    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 / 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.

    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.

  • Price
    $145
  • Weight
    Men: 9.2oz
    Women: 9.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard, Wide
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra

  • The Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra is a running shoe for neutral pronators. The entire silhouette has also been configured for the trails, particularly surfaces that are soft or muddy. Evenly spaced gripping lugs provide traction and prevent mud retention.
  • The upper unit of this trail companion uses ballistic nylon to protect against scratching and tearing. A DWR (durable water repellent) coating keeps the foot dry when tackling shallow bodies of water or mildly wet conditions.

Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra size and fit

The Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra is true to size. Runners are welcome to get a pair with their usual sizing preferences in mind. When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively. The semi-curved shape of this shoe’s last mimics the natural outline of the human foot.

Outsole

STICKY GRIP rubber is used for the outsole unit of the Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra. This full-length layer is responsible for protecting the rest of the platform from the abrasive nature of the unpredictable outdoor terrains. It has a grippy characteristic to enable surface control. The outsole of this shoe is as aggressive as the outsole of the Salomon Speedcross 5 trail shoe.

8-millimeter gripping lugs are patterned on the rubber exterior. These aggressive protrusions are meant to clamp onto soft surfaces, preventing the foot from slipping during the run. They are also widely spaced, which means that they shed off mud naturally.

The META-FLEX groove allows the forefoot section of the platform to bend in conjunction with the toe joints as the foot prepares for the liftoff.

Midsole

The midsole unit of the Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra utilizes the POWERFLOW technology. Compared to the usual choices on the market, this full-length foam is touted to be 10% more effective at absorbing impact shock during the foot-strike and 15% more capable of energizing each step.

Upper

Ballistic nylon is used for the upper unit of the X-Talon 260 Ultra. This material is light yet resilient against abrasion and tearing.

A durable water repellent (DWR) coating offers mild protection against splashes and wet conditions.

Stitched on the heel and forefoot are layers of faux leather. These add-ons maintain the structural integrity of the façade while also acting as defenses against trail debris and rough surfaces.

The midfoot section has printed overlays that help in securing the foot and avoiding in-shoe quivering.

A pull tab is stitched to the back of the collar. This fabric loop makes it easy to wear and remove the Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra.


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