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- You might just forget that you've got shoes on when you're wearing the inov-8™ X-Talon™ 190. With shoes this light, your competition will be convinced that you floated to the finish line.
- Ideal for the elite mountain runner looking for ultra lightweight comfort.
- Met-Cradle™ webbed upper provides forefoot security, while allowing for natural fluid movement.
- TPU lacing system is attached to upper and offers a more even support throughout the foot.
- 3mm contoured, foam footbed for a cushioned ride that is close to the ground, in the most stable position.
- 1 Arrow Shoc-Zone™ midsole provides minimal cushioning for racing.
- Sticky rubber outsole construction is based on climbing rubber technologies and offers superior traction and grip in wet conditions.
- Meta-Flex™ groove on the outsole is aligned with the metatarsal so that natural forefoot flex is not hindered.
- Fascia Band™ - A replication of the plantar fascia ligament provides increased thrust power and reduces fatigue.
- Performance last for a perfect fit to ensure minimal internal movement during wear.
- Last design is based on the average runner's foot, allowing for a good fit regardless of gender.
- Weight: 9 oz
- Product measurements were taken using size Men's 9, Women's 10.5, width Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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All inov-8 footwear goes through extensive testing by enthusiasts and elite international athletes to guarantee they perform like they should. Their whole design development process centers on optimizing the end user's performance. The uppers of inov-8 shoes are extremely functional with mesh in the forepart and tongues for maximum breathability. This creates a good climate that helps you run at your best. When you run through water and the shoe gets soaked, it creates a pumping action that expels the water from the shoe allowing it to dry quickly. The lace webbing is positioned allowing a secure foothold without altering the natural alignment of the metatarsals. The back of their shoes are cleanly cut which allows your Achilles tendon to experience high levels of comfort and minimum restriction- particularly when running downhill.
The inov-8 team is made up of experts with proven track records in the footwear fields of sports, mountaineering, marine, outdoor and industrial design and development. This linked with a strong bio-mechanics input, coupled with a test team of elite athletes in the mountain sport environment gives inov-8 the creative culture for next generation products.
0% Full size too large
0% Half size too Large
82% True to size
12% Half size too small
6% Full size too small
94% Felt true to width
0% Felt narrower than marked
6% Felt wider than marked
12% Excellent arch support
41% Moderate arch support
47% No arch support
inov-8 X-Talon™ 190
I got these after doing some research for minimalist trail running shoes. I'm an avid Vibram runner, and only recently started with trails, mainly Indiana forestry trails. These are steep, muddy, and covered with rocks and roots and lots of foliage. I was having a lot of foot pain running on gravel paths or stepping on odd roots, along with too many slips and slides. These shoes have a very small drop heel to toe, and are exceptionally light. Also the incorporation of a thin midsole and the deep lugs gave me that little bit of protection that I wanted without sacrificing the minimalist feel. The lugs are not rigid rubber, but rather have a nice amount of give. On concrete you feel like you're walking on mini marshmallows. Granted these are a trail only shoe, and they excel there. Muddy hills are taken with confidence. I'm no longer scanning for debris and traction paths, just debris. For sizing, I didn't have to go up any, which I normally do because I have wide feet. Apparently running shoes aren't often made with width sizes. Since these are all mesh sided though they give enough that it wasn't an issue. At first I was leery of the open design for allowing water in and out. Running through 30 degree creeks didn't sound like fun, but actually it's turned out better than I expected. I have other shoes that are waterproof, and the problem there is water gets in the top, and stays in. With these the water is in and squeezed back out after a few footfalls. By the end of a trail with 5 creeks that are 1 foot deep by 5 feet wide, my socks were just damp. My feet were never numbed, and actually warmed back up from the running quickly once the water is evacuated. The only thing I wish is for color options. Yes, these are deep trail shoes, but still they are a violently loud red.
- Jason H - customer
- from Indiana
- February 14, 2012
One of the best buys I ever had...felt like a million dollar shoes. The comfort and performance is above and beyond my expectation!
Felt true to size
Felt true to width
Excellent arch support
- Apo D - customer
- from Hawaii
- December 3, 2011
Simply the best off-road running the there is. Fabulous feel, traction and articulation.
- Anonymous - customer
- November 29, 2011
The service from the company is excellent. I love the shoes, however; I need to retrain my foot. These shoes are very light, have great traction even in wet grass, and my feet feel good in them for a long period of time. My arches are not so good, but with this type of shoe I am able to strengthen my arches.
I'd also recommend: Have not tried any other
Felt true to size
Felt true to width
Moderate arch support
- Mary C - customer
- from Tacoma, WA
- July 16, 2011
I'm a minimalist runner used to Vibrams - and have big wide feet. After finding the Vibrams just didn't cut it at a couple of the obstacle course races I was in, I wanted a more trail focused shoe. I started out with a pair of MudRocs, but they were too narrow - as much as I wanted to love them, I never made it out of the house before trading them in for a pair of Merrel TrailGloves. I've loved the Merrels and wear a pair as my daily shoes - as well as a second pair on the trails and at the races - however, I always came back to the Inov-8 brand and styling. At a race weekend, I had the chance to try on these x-talons, and brought them home. They feel much wider than the MudRocs and have a lot more room in the toe box. A 4 mile trail run the next day went well, and these will now be my go-to shoes. They have a lot less ground feel than something like the Vibram or TrailGlove - this wouldn't be something I normally like on the roads, but for the trails it's preferable. Last thing I want is to feel the ground, when that ground is rocky and covered in mud! The sole lugs make road running an odd experience, and i'd not take these on a race with lots of tarmac (trailgloves for that) - but for the mountains, forests and mud, these are my new Go-To
- Paul J - customer
- from Templeton, MA
- June 18, 2012