Who should buy the Inov-8 X-Talon 212

You’ll love the Inov-8 X-Talon 212 if:

  • You are into the hill or off-trail running
  • You want maximum grip for versatile terrains

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 logo sides

Outsole grips anything!

The outsole unit of the X-Talon 212 delivers an impressive all-around grip. It is designed to hold on soft terrain and grip firmly on harder terrain. The aggressive lug pattern made the shoe ideal for loose rock or muddy surfaces. 

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 mid outsole

Encourages natural foot movement

It also comes with Meta-Flex groove that is strategically located in the forefoot area to encourage natural foot movement, giving flexibility during toe-off.

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 forefoot outsole

Inov-8’s 2 Arrow Shock-Zone

The brand’s 2 Arrow Shock-Zone was used in the midsole to provide medium underfoot cushioning. It offers a combination of underfoot protection and responsive cushioning. 

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 midsole

Dynamic fascia band midsole

The midsole also uses the Dynamic Fascia Band that efficiently releases energy in every step, helping runners to run faster and more efficiently.

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 lateral midsole

DWR coating on the X-Talon 212

The upper is coated with a durable water repellent coating, providing a water-resistance capacity without sacrificing breathability and comfort. 

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 upper

Extra support and secured fit

The shoe also utilizes the TPU Lacing System that provides added support and a more secure fit. It added to the solid and stable feel of the shoe.

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Lacing system one

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 212g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Inov-8 X-Talon 212 v2
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 18mm

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