Inov-8 Trail Talon 290


300g (UK 8)


A roomy toebox allied to a lightweight and breathable upper ensures that these shoes score highly in the comfort stakes. Shock absorption and energy return are also of a very high standard; we found our pace picking up when wearing the 290s, even when out for what we'd planned to be an easy run. There is a rubber toe bumper at the front to protect from stray rocks, but we’d say these shoes are in their element on simple singletrack and forest roads; they realy excel on dry trails. Which isn’t to say they’re lacking grip: the flexible outsole has you covered for digging in and pushing on when the need arises. 8mm drop.


Comfy, roomy Jack-of-all-trades. recommended.