We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the consumers commented that the Inov-8 X-Talon G 235 is flexible.
  • Many users said that the running shoe's grip is excellent.
  • According to those who have tried it, the shoe is lightweight.
  • Based on reviews, the shoe runs fast on both soft and extreme terrains as well as muddy and boggy fields.
  • It has a perfect fit, as noted by some buyers.
  • Its durable upper is loved by several reviewers.
  • The shoe does not retain water when waded through bogs and water.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One of the testers mentioned that the material located over the toes is a bit uncomfortable.
  • A consumer said that the lacing system of the Inov-8 X-Talon G 235 does not let him pronate properly without loosening the laces.

Bottom line

The X-Talon G 235 is considered as one of the successful shoe releases from Inov-8. Proven and tested by expert reviewers and casual runners, the shoe has made them happy and satisfied. Overall, the new features utilized by Inov-8 in crafting the shoe made avid fans believe that this version is a must-have running partner of every runner. Its materials and technologies are suitable for a wide variety of challenging terrains.



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Expert Reviews

88 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Fell Running Guide | Level 2 expert

    X-Talons have long been a shoe that is popular with fell runners and they would also be suitable for orienteering, cross country and obstacle course racing. I’ll use the new X-Talon G235 as a racing shoe where light weight and running fast over muddy and technical terrain are important factors.

  • 82 / 100 | Fiona Outdoors | | Level 2 expert

    The shoes also felt light and comfortable underfoot. As the uppers became more used and wet, the squeak started to fade. It is very odd but I can only imagine it is the sound of the upper fabric and rubber rand folding.

  • 94 / 100 | Si Brown | Level 1 expert

    The Inov-8 X-Talon G235 is a superb, lightweight modern fell shoe. It’s ideally suited to soft terrain, but with superb grip on bare rock. If they fit your foot I’d unhesitatingly recommend them. They’re now my first choice shoe for everyday fell running.

  • 92 / 100 | Escapism | | Level 1 expert

    If you’re looking for a tough shoe for blasting trails confidently and at speed, these are the ones for you. They excel on soft and challenging ground and provide ample feeling under foot while still giving you a good level of energy return and shock absorption. That said, they’re definitely for the more serious trail, fell or swim-runner, given their talon-like sole lugs and precision fit.

  • 91 / 100 | Obstacle Mud Runner Magazine | Level 1 expert

    Not only do I wear them running but also to my outdoor classes and I really do feel I have the more superior grip over everyone else there. The studs are a whopping 8mm, I’m amazed they still feel so light.

  • 90 / 100 | Mudstacle | | Level 1 expert

    Over the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to put these latest graphene infused to the test. The wonderful British weather at this time of year has meant that I have been able to push them through almost any conditions you could possibly expect to encounter while on a run. There has been wind, rain, hail, frost and just a little sun meaning that I have managed to get a full feeling of what they offer.

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  • This trail running shoe, the Inov-8 X-Talon G 235, utilizes the ballistic nylon upper. This material is described as a  one-piece, seamless design that aims to resist any abrasion during the run. It is also focused on helping to keep the weight of the shoe at a minimum range.
  • Featured in this running footwear are the 8mm aggressive lugs. The primary goal of these is to provide the right amount of traction on both rugged and soft terrains.
  • Along with the lugs is the graphene-enhanced rubber. This durable and sticky material provides incredible grip. This results in making every runner more confident in tackling weather-beaten terrains.

The Inov-8 X-Talon G 235 is strategically designed for those who have neutral foot motion. The fit specifications are intended for the foot with medium arches. Included are narrow to medium widths for the toe box and heel as well as medium heights for the toe box and arch. With the utilization of the 2 Precision Fit, a more secure fit is encouraged.

When compared to Asics GT 2000 7, which uses the AHAR, the G-Grip is integrated into the outsole of the Inov-8 X-Talon G 235. This graphene-enhanced rubber aims to increase durability. This material is also focused on delivering the right amount of traction on a wide variety of terrains.

Along with the G-Grip is the Meta-Flex groove. This feature of the shoe is located in the forefoot area. The primary purpose of this is to promote a more natural and bendable forefoot flex during the toe-off phase.

Featured in the shoe is the POWERFLOW+. This PowerFlow technology is improved to deliver a smoother ride. As a result, energy return and shock absorption are enhanced.

Used in crafting the running footwear is the 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone. This component of the shoe aims to deliver medium-level underfoot cushioning. With a 6 mm heel-to-toe drop, this Inov-8's moderate cushioning is rated at 0-4 in the arrow scale.

Integrated into the X- Talon G 235 is the META-PLATE. This material is described as a flexible rock plate that provides additional protection. This plate keeps the foot safe from hazardous objects like sharp debris and rocks that can be found on the trails.

Used in making the running shoe is the Fascia Band. Lying from the hell to the forefoot area, this band acts as a rigid lever arm. The primary goal of which is to release energy with every stride. As a result, the user can effectively and efficiently propel forward during the running activity.

Included in the shoe is the Ballistic Nylon Mesh upper. This is employed by Inov-8 to provide a more breathable and lightweight platform. This material also offers a more durable coverage.

A snugger fit is offered by the 2 Precision Fit. With the utilization of this feature of the shoe, the internal movement of the foot becomes limited. As a result, agility and speed during the running session are encouraged. 

Used in building this running footwear is the Met-Cradle. Defined as a synthetic webbing upper, it's sole responsibility is to support the forefoot. This is essential in providing a more secure fit.

Wrapping around the shoe's upper is the Printed Rubber Rand. This is significant in delivering lightweight protection to the platform.

Along with the Printed Rubber Rand is the Flex Notches. This component of the Inov-8 X-Talon G 235 aims to deliver additional protection to the foot without sacrificing flexibility. 

Jens Jakob Andersen
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.