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X-Talon 212

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect fit, soft enough too feel the ground, stable for even technical terrain and light for long runs. I use them for both short and long runs, but only terrain and trail. I use them in spring/autumn, and never slip! Remember to clean them regularly. I use only water. Inov-8 delivers excellence! Full review

X-Talon 212

rated 4 of 5 stars The toughest darn shoe I have ever owned, with a tread that bites well on both mud and rock, but the narrow, low toe is not optimal for me. These are by far the toughest shoes I have ever owned. I have now logged over 1,000 running km on them (via GPS/Strava) and probably forgot to record a few more. The tread on the toes and backs of the heels is worn smooth and there's not much left under the ball of the foot, but the uppers have no holes or cracks and even the toe caps have held up well. (Due… Full review

Roclite 286 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars EXCEEDINGLY lightweight, GoreTex-lined, light duty hiking boots. These actually weigh less and performed the same as my old Lowa light hikers, with less ankle support. I have used them daily now for two weeks, doing everything from running errands in the rain to some light hikes with about 15-20 lbs of gear. They perform better than advertised; my first pair of truly ultralight hiking boots. I was looking for a true ultralight pair of light duty hiking boots, with Gore Tex coverage. These have fit… Full review

Roclite 243

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For what it's intended for it is a very high quality trail runner. This shoe is best for short to medium trail runs on loose dirt.  The grip is fantastic. The shoe is very lightweight, the construction is great, ventilation is good.  The only problem for me is that it would not be useful for hikes or any crossover purpose (except perhaps as an approach shoe for taking on climbing routes). The flexibility would mean that you feel small rocks, but my foot has all the freedom to move naturally.  Full review

Terraclaw 250

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Disappointed. I've been running and hiking in Inov-8 for fifteen years. One of the things I liked best was model availability—buy a pair today and if you want another in six months or two years it is still available. This seems to have gone away in the last few years so when the tread on my last pair was too worn I ordered the Trailclaw 250. The price was about half that of a normal trail running shoe and that should have been a warning, but at the time I chalked it up to Amazon's crazy pricing. Full review

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Inov-8 Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Inov-8 Adds Apparel to Off-Road Running Lines
Off-road running brand inov-8 launches its first line of trail running apparel for fall-winter 2013. Pair with its minimalist, lightweight shoes and packs for inov-8 from foot to hood. Read more
March 13, 2013

New Footwear for 2010, Part 2: Trail and Multi-Sport Shoes, Miscellaneous Footwear
Part 2 of our series on 2010 footwear looks at trail shoes (essentially below-the-heel hiking boots); multi-sport shoes, which combine features of multiple sports categories; and miscellaneous outdoor footwear like the Vibram FiveFingers line that didn't fit in other categories. Read more
January 11, 2010

New Footwear for 2010, Part 1: Boots and Climbing Shoes
Coming to stores this year: grippier outsoles, more durable cushioning, and upgraded lacing designs. First of a three-part series. Read more
January 4, 2010


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