INOV-8 X-TALON 200

PRICE: £100
WEIGHT: 272G

When it comes to grip, size means everything so prepare to be amazed by the 8mm deep teeth this shoe bares on its underbelly. Not only do these Inov-8 feet-tractors munch up the muddiest off-path mountain routes and good old-fashioned fell races, they are also fast becoming the shoe of choice for obstacle course racers. The lower profile 3mm heel to toe drop will not suit every runner's calf muscles and Achilles tendon. However, the racier, harder, less cushioned ride and the wide toe box provide a close-to-barefoot feel for experienced off-roaders with a thirst for adventure.  

VERDICT

Brilliant for off-path routes on challenging, muddy terrain.

Grip: 10/10
Cushioning: 5/10
Support: 5/10

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