Our View – Inov-8 X-Talon 230 Men:
The Inov-8 X-Talon has been a staple in the Inov-8 range since the very early days thanks to its reliable grip, racing feel and comfortable fit. Thankfully Inov-8 haven’t changed too much in the new version with the classic styling and precision fit remaining.
The biggest update has been the introduction of the new STICKY GRIP outsole which is made from an even grippier rubber compound that its predecessors. The X-Talon 230 retains the excellent lug layout of the previous version which bites into any terrain and sheds mud quickly and efficiently to prevent its build up and associated increase in weight and loss of traction.
Increased comfort and protection has also been a focus for the new version of the X-Talon with the inclusion of the second generation META-PLATE within the midsole to prevent rocks and trail debris from damaging the soles of your feet. The POWERFLOW+ midsole provides excellent cushioning and energy return delivering 10% and 25% more than standard midsoles.
Further protection is provided by the high rand that continues all the way round the base of the shoe to protect the foot from rocks. All the materials are non-water absorbing meaning the shoe won’t collect it and get heavier (the last thing you need!). The X-Talon 230 is also compatible with the Inov-8 All Terrain Gaiter (available separately) which adds protection from debris entering the shoe.
Built on the Inov-8 precision fit the X-talon 230 is perfect for fell, mountain, trail and cross-country running as well as obstacle course racing.
Specifications - Inov-8 X-Talon 230 Men:
- STICKY GRIP outsole
- Ideal for fell and mountain racing
- Offers comfort and confidence on extreme terrains
- Drop - 6mm
- Footbed - 6mm
- Lug Depth - 8mm
- Midsole - POWERFLOW+
- Midsole Stack- 13mm / 7mm
- Shank - META-PLATE
- Sole Compound - STICKYGRIP
- Product Weight - 230g / 8.11oz