Updates to Inov-8 X-Talon G 235

  • 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.

Size and fit

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. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 8.3oz
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 7mm
Heel height: 13mm

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