The Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Precision is a performance soft ground trail running shoe for narrow feet, designed for a neutral foot motion.


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The Inov-8 X-Talon 212 is a championship tested trail shoe for the serious trail runner looking for a glove-like fitting shoe. Ideal for loose rock, grass, mixed terrain or mud. Aggressive sticky rubber tread provides outstanding grip and the low-profile midsole allows for fast, stable running, while a water resistant upper protects you from the elements. The shoe fits like a glove meaning it moves precisely when you move.

Sizing Note: Men's sizes only. Women should subtract 1.5 sizes from their women's shoe size. Example: Women's 8 equals size 6.5 for this shoe.

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Weight: 7.5 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (18mm), Forefoot (13mm); includes 7mm average lug height

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume 
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


  • 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone provides moderate underfoot cushioning and a 6 mm heel-to-toe drop. This is Inov8's medium level of cushioning on their 0-4 arrow scale.
  • Injected EVA Foam for resilient cushioning with maximum memory retention.
  • Fascia Band running from the heel to the forefoot acts as a rigid lever arm, releasing energy with each step and propelling the runner forward.


  • X-Talon is an off-trail outsole built with an aggressive lug pattern. It is ideal for loose rock, grass, mixed terrain or mud. 
  • Sticky Rubber for optimal performance and maximized grip in wet conditions.
  • Meta-Flex groove is located at the forefoot to encourage natural forefoot flex during toe-off.


  • Synthetic Mesh covers the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage.
  • DWR (durable water repellent) treated upper is water resistant and breathable.
  • TPU Lacing System uses TPU lacing supports for a strong, lightweight and secure fit.  
  • Met-Cradle is a synthetic webbing upper that supports the forefoot and provide a secure fit.
  • 6mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort.


  • Performance Last is a close fitting design for a snug fit and optimal performance.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: This might sound a little crazy, but the X-Talon 212's are my first and only pair of Inov-8's so far. A guy that lives in town bought them and was just going on and on about them, so eventually I decided to check them out for myself. I've put close to 50 miles in these so far and my initial impression is extremely positive.

1. Fit - I don't have narrow feet, but I would say the width of my foot is close to the norm. The shoe fits like a glove. Some reviewers have commented these are only good for narrow feet. Not sure I fit that category, but I wear an 8.5 with average width and they are honestly a perfect fit with plenty of room in the toebox.

2. Sole - As has been said already, it's extremely thin. This is a big positive when climbing rocky terrain as these shoes grip great with the big lugs on the outsole. The only time I have slipped in 5 runs in these is on wet/icy wooden bridges and platforms; to be expected. The flip side of this is I have actually come close to bruising the bottom of my foot on some sharp, protruding rocks in some technical terrain.

3. Weight - What can you say other than they are about as light as you could possibly expect in a trail shoe.

4. Laces - I have double knotted them from the beginning and it hasn't been an issue. All in all, this is a terrific shoe. I've been running in them once a week at Mammoth Cave National Park and they have made me look forward to lacing them up each and every weekend. I think I'm going to move this to my trail race shoe and place a pre- order on the 2013 Trailroc 235's. The X-Talon 212's have blown me away and I am excited to try another Inov-8 trail shoe.
From: P.J., Bowling Green, KY

Comments: I've been running in these for a couple of months now on some fairly rough trails and I've enjoyed them a great deal.  The 3 biggest positives I've found are that they are very low in weight, have a quick drying upper, and an excellent fit for my narrow feet. The soles are thin on these shoes, so running over rocks between golf ball and softball size can be a little painful. Also, stay off asphalt if you want the lugs to last.
From: Tony, Nashville, TN