Inov-8 X Talon 212 Shoe Reassessment

Hello!

I purchased the Inov-8 X Talon 212s back in October 2016. It took 4 races and many trail runs to beat up these pair of shoes. I am thoroughly impressed with how well they performed through my training and runs. After a month of using these shoes the Inov-8 X Talon 212s I wrote a review you can find it here. Now, I want to reassess the shoes to let you know how they have held up for the past few of months.

Comfort

After a couple of races, it became clear what was first to go in the comfort department. The insole of the shoe lost a bit of support after a couple of races. So, there was less of an arch. However, The reduced arch support was no major issue. If you would have a problem with it, I would recommend putting in your own soles when you purchase the shoes.

Another issue with the shoe comfort was a reduction in the stiffness of the shoe. I tend to like stiffer shoes because it holds my feet in the same position throughout my runs. I could just tie the shoe tighter but that has caused me discomfort in the past. During the San Jose Super the lack of stiffness let my feet slide forward in the shoe, especially on the downhills. The constant bashing of the toes caused some pain. Yet, on my next run with the shoes I tied the laces tighter and there was no issue with foot movement with in the shoe.

Durability

My Inov-8 X Talon 212s always experienced rugged terrain. So, the shoes always received a beating when used. But, the outside fabric of the shoe held up remarkably well. There was very limited damage that only included some wear on the colors. The laces remained in great show with no sign of them fraying.

The only reason I retired my old pair of Inov-8 X Talon 212s is because the worn down outsole. On the outsole are talons that were greatly reduced after a few months. The shoes did not grip like they used to. Also, I could definitely feel the decreased protection from the used outsole.

Wrap-up

Overall I for sure received a great amount of use out of the Inov-8 X Talon 212s. I used my new pair in my most recent race, the Boise Sprint. I see myself being quite loyal in the future to the Inov-8 X Talon 212s. If your looking for a competitive edge or just want a great trail run the Inov-8 X Talon 212s are for you! Comment below if ypu want to know anything else about my experience with the Inov-8 X Talon 212s, and I will get back to you!

Mitch

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Boise Sprint 2017

Hello!

This past weekend I participated in the Spartan Race in Boise, Idaho. The race was a sprint and was around 4.5 miles with 22 obstacles. I ended up finishing 10th overall, 9th in mens and 1st in my age group. The race was similar to the 2016 Boise Sprint, with the steep hills and a similar route. All in all it was a fun and challenging race.

Endurance

I would say that the endurance was the most difficult part for me. The hills really caught me off guard. Living in Davis, I don’t have much exposure to hill training, which was my major downfall for this race. Last year I felt most of the pain in my legs when going up the hills. Yet, this time the pain was in my chest. My sprained ankle recently flared up again and I had to decrease my training a bit. The reduced training definitely hurt my endurance. It was mainly the hills that really separated the front of the pack from the rest.

Strategy

In this race I attempted to stay with the front of the pack at the start. However, I felt like my cardio would be compromised if I went too hard. Eventually, I fell back a few places, which cost me from racing at the higher pace of the front of the pack. I just need to recreate this more often in my training.

One obstacle I am very happy I completed was the Spearman throw. However, most of the people in front of me also completed it. But, it was still nice to not have to do those 30 burpees.

Obstacles

Spearman Throw

A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when I completed this one. I made sure to aim a little higher than last time. Also, I put more power in my throw.

Barbed Wire Crawl

I felt great through this obstacle. The terrain went up and down which allowed me to crawl sometimes. Whenever I reached the top of a mound I would throw myself over and use my momentum to roll to the next one. Also, whenever I got dizzy I would switch the ways I would roll. It makes such a major difference!

Herc Hoist

I believe I have learned this obstacle to the best of my ability. One foot on the fence and using my body weight to pull the sandbag up was very efficient. The only thing left is to get stronger and gain some muscle weight to assist in pulling it up.

Bucket Brigade

Unlike the previous race in Seattle, this bucket obstacle was all flat. There was no problem with carrying it, but my lack of endurance hurt my speed.

Sandbag Carry

This time the sandbag carry was just the larger sandbag. At first I tried to carry it on one shoulder and switching off. I felt this hurt my speed. When I put it on both shoulders it reduces the stress on my core and keeps me balanced. Therefore, I am able to run with my torso straight up instead of tilted to the side.

Wrap up!

Overall I really enjoyed this race. It is quite a challenge for myself and really points out my weaknesses. In the future I need to work on the endurance. But, I am for sure going to take some time to allow my ankle to heal. I believe my ankle recovery routine did help but I just didn’t follow through with it completely. The Boise race is a race I fully recommend, even if it is a bit of a drive for you. The drive goes by fast with the beautiful terrain.

Mitch

*photo from www.spartan.com, I didn’t compete in the kids race but looks like that was the logo they went with ha!

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