Inov-8 X-Talon 212 is another older shoe that I am still using today. According to Inov-8 it’s very successful and that’s why it’s still on sale. The debut of the shoe was in 2014 and the purpose of it is for racing fast over soft or extreme trail terrain.
The upper is composed of a synthetic mesh and overall it’s very durable. I have around 300 miles and it’s holding very good. Toe bumper is a must for trail shoes and X-Talon 212 has a thin one which does its job. The upper construction is covered with a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment for partial weather protection. The upper is lightweight and breathable, I have no complaints except the shoe laces which are super and unnecessary long.
Outsole / Midsole
The X-Talon 212 has a single density Injected EVA foam midsole all the way around the shoe. It provides minimal to moderate cushioning with a 6 mm heel-to-toe drop. X-Talon 212 is a lightweight racing shoe and there is no place for bulky cushioning. The outsole of X-Talon 212 consists of sticky rubber and deep, agressive lugs. It is ideal for loose rock, grass, mixed terrain or mud. The outsole (and the shoe in general) is very flexible, one reason for that is because of the absence of a rockplate. The outsole rubber provides a decent amount of protection, but still don’t expect a comfy ride.
The ride of Inov-8 X-Talon 212 is fast and firm, the shoe is flexible and lightweight with its weight of 212 gr (7.5 oz). It securely holds the foot in place on a very low platform – a synthetic webbing in the upper called Met-Cradle supports the forefoot and provide a secure fit. The grip is very good and better on soft ground but it’s not an all-around shoe, the lugs are not designed for roads. The toebox is narrow, I am using a bigger size.