Inov-8 X-Talon 230
The X-Talon 230 has fewer features than some of the other shoes in the range, so it is lighter, but this does mean that there are some compromises. It still has 8mm lugs, so you get incredible grip. The upper of the shoe is water resistant and reinforced with a protective plate to protect against rocks and sticks when you are trail running.
However, the X-Talon 230 gives a very rough ride when you are on harder terrain, so even though they are great for muddy terrains, they are less effective on varied trails or hard packed ground.
||Not as effective on hard ground
|Protective plate to protect against debris
||Fewer stability features than on other models
||May be too tight for runners with wide feet
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 vs 230?
>The X-Talon 230 is more focused on comfort and protection at the expense of speed. The protective plate, which the 212 does not have, helps to protect against sticks and stones when trail running. But this does also reduce flexibility, which has a negative impact on speed.
Where To Buy
Currently hard to find and are no longer sold on the Inov-8 website. If your lucky you might pick up a pair on Amazon.
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