Inov-8 X Talon 212 Shoe Reassessment

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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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Nike Free Rn Distance Reassessment

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Back in October 2016 I purchased a pair of the Nike Free Rn Distance. By far it is one of the best pair of shoes I have ever bought. It took me about 7 months to retire these shoes, which is definitely a little too long. However, I fortunately bought another pair shortly after discovering how good they are. Back in January I posted a review of the Nike Free RN Distance, which you can find here. Now, I want to give another breakdown of the shoes after using them for an extended period of time.

Comfort

Like I mentioned in my previous post here, these shoes are very comfortable. They are like a pillow for your feet. In addition, the Nike Free Rn Distance give a lot of room for your toes in the toebox. Yet after running in these shoes for a few months it was noticeable that the insole loss a lot of support. The arch was pretty much gone. I did not put my own insoles in, which may have helped with this issue.

Other than the insole, the shoe remained comfortable. The vamp of the shoe, which is the area that wraps around the middle portion of your foot, showed no change. They still wrapped around my foot like sock.

Durability

Similar to the Inov-8 X Talon 212s, the Nike Free RN Distance on saw major wear on the outsole. The fabric of the shoe still looks relatively new. Regarding the outsole, after a couple of months it was pretty much worn out. Yet, I tend to keep using my running shoes longer then usual. Eventually the lacking outsole may have started causing a little bit of pain in my ankles, knees, and hips. Once I switched over to the new pair the pain dissipated.

Wrap-up

Overall I was very happy with the Nike Free RN Distance. The comfort is something I have not experienced with another running shoe. After doing a little more research, it looks like the Nike Free RN Distance only lasts for a range of 200-450 miles, averaging at 300 miles. For my volume of running I would need to have a shoe that will last for more miles. So, even though I love the Nike Free RN Distance, I will eventually get a different pair of running shoes to fulfill this need. When I find those shoes and use them for a bit I will make sure to write a review on them. If you want to know anything else about these shoes comment below and I will get back to you!

Mitch

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