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- Man Made
- Synthetic sole
- Trail running shoe featuring bold logoing at outer side and lace-up vamp
- 6mm heel-to-toe drop
- Injected EVA foam midsole
- Meta Flex forefoot flex groove
- Off-trail aggressive studs for soft and loose conditions
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The X-TALON 212 flies over all terrains but really comes into its own when the ground is soft and talon-like grip is required. The winner of more world championships than any other shoe on the market, elite off-trail athletes swear by this super-fast inov-8 classic.
With exceptional grip, the X-TALON 212 features Inov-8’s patented sticky rubber that gives you grip you can be confident in no matter the conditions. When the mud is thick, the X-TALON thrives with a cleat depth of 8mm that makes it perfect for loose, soft terrain. The outsole compound with inov-8’s Meta-Flex groove in the forefoot provides superior flexibility that compliments the foot’s movement.
As a popular option for obstacle courses, the X-TALON 212 is now prepared for rope climbs during OCR with the updated midsole now featuring Rope-Tec. Adding further protection, the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treated upper made of ballistic nylon mesh offers optimal water resistance without additional weight or sacrificing breathability and drainage. With a full rand for added protection, the upper is durable for off-road running and obstacle racing.
In response to the demand for a wider option, the X-TALON 212 now comes in both the original precision (more narrow) and standard (wider) fits to give athletes of all sizes the perfect option for training and race day.
A flexible, lightweight racing shoe that delivers unrivaled grip over soft or extreme terrain and is super-fast on dry trails too. The number one choice for elite athletes wanting to run fast off-trail. An all terrain running legend that's done it all. Popular for both racing and training. This fast and protective shoe delivers consistent grip on softer, looser terrain.
Based in "England's last wilderness," the North Pennines, inov-8 is a British company that is passionate about specialist off-road running products and creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear on the market. Since the company's launch in 2003, it has become one of the fastest growing off-road running brands in the United States. From the footwear to the hydration packs, inov-8 products are created to complement the natural functions of human body biomechanics. Inov-8 designs its athletic gear to meet the demands of various environments and terrains at a peak level of performance. The comfort and durability of inov-8 products is what makes this brand a top-quality choice for the high-performance athlete and the recreational user alike.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00B7G6K3W
- Item model number: X-Talon 212-U
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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I broke them in training on granite trails and grass for a month. I've since ran two OCR sprints (Bonefrog and Spartan), only one of which tested the water and mud resistance of the shoe. Happy to say they worked as advertised. Are there better shoes out there? No idea. But these are definitely a good shoe.
Disclaimer: I've done a lot of running in all types/brands(nikes, asics, NB, adidas, UA, vibrams, altras, merrells solomons, combat boots, etc.) of footwear and my feet/knees are relatively easy to please. Fit is not a big thing for me as long as my shoes are the right size and I can tie them tight enough to not come off.
On mud runs I've sworn by Solomon's speedcross3's for a few years now but my last pair had quite a few miles on them and didn't exactly make it through the 2014 Tough Mudder Colorado. I started doing some research to see if maybe there was something better out there and there definitely was. These things are excellent. All the grip you can ask for and very little weight. Reading how much they weighed and some other reviews I was worried these might not be able to handle too much of a beating but as soon as I opened the box I knew I was wrong. They're very well made; top notch material and stitching. I haven't exposed them to too much water but they seem to drain pretty well. Zero hotspots or rubbing. Insanely light! From the first time I laced them up they were nice and snug and felt like an extension of my foot. Have I mentioned how light they are? I didn't realize how heavy my solomons were until I put a few miles on these. Even after putting them through mud and nasty puddles they still stayed super light and remained nice and snug on my feet.
I've put about 20 miles on them in the Quantico Highlands and have zero complaints. Definitely recommend these shoes. Looking forward to trying them out in my next few races.
As for sizing, they were dead on what I expected. I wear an 11.5 in nikes and these were perfect at the same size.
Other contributing factors to the overall success of the shoes was the pairing of socks and gaiters. I bought the Drymax Lite Trail Run 1/4 crew socks and the Salomon Trail Gaiters (I think Inov-8 sells gaiters too, but were hard to find in the US). Despite plunging over and over again into muddy water, my feet stayed perfectly comfortable. The gaiters kept out the scree when running down patches with a lot of loose dirt and rocks. The gaiters also kept the shoes on when bounding through the thick mud that absorbed others' shoes.
After the race, the shoes cleaned up nicely. I dunked them in a bucket a few times and then put them in the washing machine in a pillow case with a few towels. Stuffed them full of paper towels when they came out. Dried out quickly - good as new. Fantastic given how bad they looked at the end of the race.
These shoes made the run significantly more enjoyable and I'd highly recommend over any other shoe for those running in an OCR event. I also ordered a pair of Salomon Speedcross 3's (the other recommended option) but wound up returning them. They're a much heavier shoe with a higher platform that strikes me as a liability for my ankles in unstable terrain.
As an aside, this was my first OCR and Tough Mudder. After the event, I did research on the organization behind the event. After reading about the pattern of highly unethical behavior of the founder, I won't be doing a Tough Mudder again. Very unsettling given the Wounded Warrior and team-work oriented culture they try to foster - felt disingenuous after getting the full story.