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Inov-8 Men's x-talon 212 Trail Running Shoe


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I normally wear Vibram Five Finger shoes for most of my running and CrossFit workouts, so I am used to minimalist shoes.
Jeffrey C. Rice | Fit: As expected
The knobs on the bottom aren't overly aggressive (like sports cleats) and they definitely hold up to a beating.
rickybooby | Fit: As expected
The fit and comfort is on par with my F-Lite's and the grip in the field due to them being cleated is outstanding.
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Silver/Amber
  • Mesh and synthetic
  • Manmade sole
  • Lightweight & stable trail running shoe that offers superior grip
  • Synthetic & mesh fabric with sticky rubber compound soles
  • Two Arrow Shoc-Zone midsole
  • TPU Met-Cradle lacing support
  • Soft heel and tongue

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Stay ahead of the pack with the x-talon, inov-8's x-country and x-mountain racing shoe. Its minimal mesh upper keeps things light, while its performance last offers a precise fit, its fascia-band construction increases propulsion, and its sticky rubber outsole allows for superior grip even in wet conditions.

The Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoes are superior gripping trail shoes perfect for tough off-road terrain. Made with lightweight and breathable all mesh and synthetic material that allows your feet to stay cool and keep your toes blister-free. The sole is comprised of sticky rubber outsole which optimizes grip in wet conditions and over steep, slick terrain. Soft heel and tongue provide comfort for long hikes, runs, or races. Two Arrow Shoc-Zone midsole uses a minimal amount of EVA foam padding to cushion your steps and keep your strides quick and efficient. Meta-Flex insert adds a natural forefoot flex. TPU Met-Cradle lacing support cradles the forefoot behind the metatarsal heads to deliver a secure foot hold.

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  • ASIN: B002CQUG6S
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,806 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    They are very light, very well built and the traction is second to none.
    Russ
    Specifically, excellent grip on all types of off-road terrain (mud, packed dirt, loose dirt, snow), great drainage, durability and fit.
    LawStudent
    They fit true to your tennis shoe size, but keep in mind they are meant to fit snuggly.
    Samantha

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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul H. Duray Jr. on July 2, 2012
    Background: 47-yr old male rediscovering competitive running, after racing X-Country in high school, then road racing (10k to 10m distances, predominantly) thru mid-30s. General Fitness level: good for 25yr active Army soldier. Incorporating upper-body strength, cross-fit principles, road and trail running. Recently returned to road racing, and preparing for obstacle course race at 8 mile distance.
    Previous shoes: Brooks/New Balance (road and trail shoes); currently ASICs for road use. Mid-foot striker; neutral/stability shoe; size 10.5 D.
    Why I purchased these shoes: Was looking for a competitive shoe for obstacle course-type races involving mud and water obstacles. Needed a shoe that could shed mud, drain water well, and reduce weight. After research, settled on the x-talon 212 by INOV-8.
    Assessment: I was concerned by the feedback in general from running blogs concerning transition from road-biased, cushioned shoes to a minimalist racing shoe with low rise. Out of the box, I noticed that the shoe had a narrow profile and felt tight across the top of the foot and in the toe box. Not a show-stopper but something to which I had to adjust. These shoes are also incredibly light weight. Based on runner's warnings regarding "minimalist" shoe impacts to calf muscles, I eased into these shoes with 4-mile runs on rocky, unpaved horse trails in a local state park, including stream crossings and mud holes. Aggressive tread pattern shed terrain well and I only experienced one episode of having a stone caught between the tread lugs. (A quick scuff of the shoe along the trail quickly shed that stone.) Shoes drained well transitioning out of streams. I did experience heightened aches to my calf muscles, particularly in my left leg.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mattison on September 25, 2012
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    I ran my first Spartan race this year, and it happened to be the Beast in VT. I used the x-talon 212's, and they worked incredibly well. I never lost traction, even in the most muddy and slippery of obstacles and they gave good support on down hill sprints and up hill climbs. I will be using these next year; I do not think there is a better lightweight minimal trail shoe.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LawStudent on March 19, 2013
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    I tried out a laundry list of shoes for some upcoming Spartan Races this summer: Salomon Speedcross 3, New Balance MT110, Merrell Trail Glove, and, finally, Inov8 X-talon 212s. The 212s have the right mix of what I'm looking for in a trail runner. Specifically, excellent grip on all types of off-road terrain (mud, packed dirt, loose dirt, snow), great drainage, durability and fit.

    I am not a minimalist runner but I prefer a shoe with a bit of feel instead of some big hulking shoe with 2 inches of cushioning. I also want something light that won't weigh me down on long (and typically wet) trail runs. The 212s fit this to a tee. The shoe has both feel and a bit of cushion. It is a great for those who do not want a full-on minimalist shoe (as the Merrell Trail Gloves are) and don't want a big thick max cushioning shoe (like the Salomon Speedcross 3s). The shoes hug the foot for a solid fit which is ideal for wet trails where extra room means extra moisture and rubbing. I typically wear a size 11.5 running shoe and the 212s fit me just right. The first time you put them on you notice that they are a bit narrow but taking them on the trail you'll find that being narrow is an asset and not a hindrance. There is no place for water, mud or dirt to collect and there is no movement of your foot inside the shoe. Between the fit and weight you'll barely notice the shoes are even there! Plus I have found that the shoe is a bit more molded to my foot now after taking it out on some runs.

    I've taken these shoes on two trail runs thus far for a total of 10.5 miles. I've run them through snow, ankle deep puddles, thick mud that would suck in a lesser shoe, packed dirt, and gravel. The 212s handled all conditions like a champ.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GA Boy on March 14, 2013
    Color Name: Silver/AmberSize Name: 12 Men's/13.5 Women's M US Verified Purchase
    I purchased these shoes specifically for my first Spartan Race in Atlanta, 2013. I already had a pair of the F-Light 195 for Kettle Bell/Crossfit type training. They are awesome too. I wanted a light shoe that would drain water well and not hold it. Also, wanted a aggressive tread. Thee F-light 195 required not break in and the X-talons fit just a little narrower. However, the were still awesome overall and I ran past people on muddy steep banks that were slipping everywhere. I scaled muddy obstacles like nothing. I felt like spiderman in these shoes and they are awesome for any kind of adventure race. I though I had destroyed them and and hosed them off thoroughly and they still look great. Going to practice with them and use them again next year. The entire Inov-8 line awesome and I strongly recommend their products. Very minimalist but constructed well and tough!!!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rickybooby on May 3, 2012
    Color Name: Silver/AmberSize Name: 12 Men's/13.5 Women's M US Verified Purchase
    I wore these last month for a commercial Obstacle Course Race (OCR); one of those muddy ones, you know the type... and I was beyond satisfied! Even with the soles caked with mud, well, the entire shoe overflowing with it, I had tremendous traction. A quick heads up though, don't buy these with the intention of using them for trail running AND as a casual wearing shoe. They are definitely not the latter! They have a purpose, and it's apparently for climbing up the sides of mountains. The knobs on the bottom aren't overly aggressive (like sports cleats) and they definitely hold up to a beating. I'm sure they'll last well into the 100's of miles on the dirtiest, loosest of trails. I'm anxiously anticipating my next race knowing that my shoes won't let me down.
    After the race I participated in, I hosed them down and washed them... good as new! No degradation, no loose stitching, not even any staining!
    These are BY FAR the best heavy trail running shoe out there. Spend the extra $$ and go with the best. You couldn't possibly end up disappointed.
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