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.
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.
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.
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!
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