Inov8 x-talon 190 Review Trail Running Shoes

Trail Running Shoes Inov8 x-talon 190

by Shona Stephenson on October 7, 2012

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Inov8 x-talon 190

The Inov8 x-talon 190 trail shoes are amazing. I was given a pair to try from my sponsors “Barefoot Inc”
and I’ve had 3 wins from 3 appearances, in over 5 weeks in the Inov8 x-talon 190. Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 100km, Coastal Classic 2012 29km Royal National Park NSW and the inaugural Surf Coast Century in Anglesea Victoria. The win’s mean that I’ve broken the course records for my gender or set a new course record.
What I love about the Inov8 x-talon 190 is that they are so bouncy. How can they weigh only 190 grams and be that much fun to run in?
The Inov8 x-talon 190 are uni-sex and are built for performance. I find they they have an awesome return on the energy that I put into them. I really do bounce along the trail in the Inov8 x-talon 190.


The grip is fantastic. The rubber lugs lock into any surface. They are great on a trail, rocks, sand, dirt, grass, wet or dry. The only surface I don’t like them on is those bloody metal grates that are in Coastal Classic in the Royal National Park NSW. Although was running flat out at sub 4 min down a hill in them for kilometers at a time and the metal grates kept locking on the exact same spot on my foot. So protruding hard metal surfaces are not so good for the Inov8 x-talon 190. I’ve found they handle fire trails, trails, tracks just fine.
The Inov8 x-talon 190 are great for the wet, wet rocks, wet creeks, wet sand, river crossings. I fly across any wet surface with absolute confidence.
The Inov8 x-talon 190 are light and the mesh upper drains freely when totally submerged in water. When I am wearing the Inov8 x-talons 190 I never bother avoiding puddles, I just go straight through the middle of any puddle, surf, creek or water crossing.
Inov8 x-talon 190 are fantastic in the dry loose surfaces. The lugs of the x-talon sole provide stable footing with every step.
Inov8 x-talon have a “1” Shock zone and are recommended for mid strike runners. The injected “EVA” gives the Inov8 x-Talon 190 it’s spring. The X-Talon sole is sticky “S” for maximum performance complemented with “P” performance shape to the Inov8 x-talon 190 fore foot area.
Inov8 x-talon 190 have an awesome kick. The “DFB” Dynamic Facia Band acts like a “windlass” effect. Providing a kick of energy with every step. The Meta Flex allows for your for foot to flex naturally with every foot strike.
Aesthetically the Inov8 x-talon 190 stand out in the pack without being brazen. The racing red is so hot against the white and black highlight design details. My Inov8 x-talon 190 have been washed in the washing machine on a 15 minute cold water easy care wash and they have come up like new.
I’d recommend the Inov8 x-talon 190 to any confident trail runner who is looking for extra performance from every step. They are so much fun to run in. I just love them. I’ve killed them in two 100km events and a 29km event plus training and I am about to head down south again to Victoria to give them another appearance at the GOW (Great Ocean Walk 100km).

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