Now that the running season trickles into the summer I've really been enjoying Inov-8's new performance last shoe for 2009. Being an avid fan of the F-lite 230 series I was impressed by function and form of the X-Talons. This shoe is a wonderful marriage between the 230 fit, but with the added tweaks that makes this truly an off-road shoe. The sticky nubs grip any terrain be it grass, rocks, mud etc.. A true test was lacing up the shoes this spring on a particularly gnarly single-track trail system after a deluge of rain the night before. The trail consisted of slipper clay, which made the surface very slick on the uphills and downhills. The Talon's tract the terra-firma like grappling hooks and I was able to keep a strong clip throughout the run without having to feel too cautious.
The X-Talons are an ideal XC running shoe for short and fast races. They fit like a glove and I have worn them comfortably on 20 mile runs and my feet still being very happy at the end.
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