We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Those who have wide feet were happy because of the Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra’s roomy toe box.
  • The heel section of the upper grasped the foot securely, according to several testers.
  • The traction capacity of the outsole was generally appreciated.
  • People liked the water-repellent upper of this shoe.
  • The durability of the components was deemed dependable.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A tester stated that a break-in period was required before fully experiencing a comfortable in-shoe wrap.

Bottom line

The highlight of the Inov-8 X-Talon 260 Ultra was apparently its roomy forefoot design because people never failed to praise it. Wide-footed consumers were happy with such a feature in a trail shoe. The rest of the parts were deemed efficient, as well. On the other hand, an observation was directed towards a required break-in period for this shoe.


Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.2oz | Women: 9.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 16mm | Women: 16mm
Forefoot height: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Brand: Inov-8
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal
Price: $145
Colorways: Black, Blue
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  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.