X-Talon 212 (S) (Black/Neon/Blue)


The wide fit of the most popular off-trail running shoe in the inov-8 range internationally and the winner of more world mountain running championships than any other trail shoe, the new STANDARD FIT (wider) X-Talon 212 S continues to deliver!

Sizing note: This specific model is sized smaller than all other models. As such it’s important to review the sizing chart tab in the middle of this page to identify your best fit. Ideally measure the innersole of a good fitting pair of your shoes and match it to the chart to find your size. This shoe offers (S) STANDARD FIT. It includes a wider toe box, allowing toes to splay when running.

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The first WIDER (S) FIT edition of the most popular off-trail running shoe in the inov-8 range internationally and the winner of more world mountain running championships than any other trail shoe, the new wider fit edition 212 continues to deliver! Standard (wider) fitted upper with talon like grip and incredible flexibility, this shoe, while born for the mountains has in more recent times found a new home in Obstacle racing with the updated Ropetec sole making climbing up ropes or exiting mud pits achievable with equal ease. Choose this shoe for off-trail speed work and racing in any situations where under foot conditions are just plain nasty.

The 212 is a super lightweight trail / off trail running with a low profile 6mm (2 Arrow) heel stack midsole, the X-Talon™ 212 is ideal for cross country, short trail, mountain racing and receiving glowing praise in the Obstacle Course racing community.

Features include:

  • Upper – The updated high performance upper made of a highly DWR (Durable Water Repellent) quick drying mesh offers superior durability.
  • New Standard fit (wider) for those with larger feet or to allow a more relaxed fit.
  • Footbed – Comfortable and interchangeable footbed contains micro holes to aid in releasing water in wet conditions.
  • MidShoc – Molded cupped MidShoc™ midsole offers the best balance between comfort and underfoot sensitivity for both long and short runs.
  • Sticky rubber – Grippy and sticky rubber outsole offers ideal traction in the baddest conditions.
  • Meta-Flex™ insert delivers a controlled but natural forefoot flex, the shoe moves the way the foot wants to.
  • Met-Cradle™ lacing cradles the forefoot behind the metatarsal heads to provide a secure foot hold while running up or down hill.


  • Weight: 212gm (Average)
  • Stack: Heel 13mm / 7mm
  • Drop: 6mm
  • Midsole: Injected EVA
  • Footbed: 6mm
  • Cleat Depth: 8mm (eats mud for breakfast)


Men's Styles (S) Standard Fit  -  Note: cm is the length of the innersole, not foot length.
cm 25.5cm 26cm 26.5cm 27cm 27.5cm 28cm 28.5cm 29cm 29.5cm 30cm 30.5cm 31cm 31.5cm 32cm 32.5cm
UK 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 13.5 14
EU 40.5 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 45.5 46.5 47 47.5 38 49 50
US-M 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 13.5 14 14.5 15
Women's Styles (S) Standard Fit
cm 21.5cm 22cm 22.5cm 23cm 23.5cm 24cm 24.5cm 25.cm 25.5cm 26cm 26.5cm 27.cm
UK 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5
EU 35.5 36 37 37.5 38 38.5 39.5 40 40.5 41.5 42 42.5
US-W 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11


We're passionate about the technology behind our products and want to ensure you get the most out every mile you run or minute you train. Here's a breakdown of how this product is put together.


Years before anyone else, inov-8 pioneered the ‘Arrow System’, reducing differential from heel-to-toe, helping athletes improve their own performance.   Inov-8 products start at 3 Arrows. You can start wherever you like. 3 Arrows gives the biggest heel-to-toe drop in the inov-8 range, about half of that found in overly cushioned, structured shoes. As you drop arrows you tend to drop weight and cushioning, you tend to gain proprioception and speed. Reach Zero for a pure performance shoe – lightweight, stripped-back and fast. Dominate-the-race kind of fast.   Athletes not yet conditioned for natural running choose 3 Arrows. The same goes for those wanting a shoe for long endurance sessions, although we do tailor our products to each terrain. If you’re introducing stripped back shoes into shorter sessions choose 2 or 1 Arrows to ease your progress.



Precision fit offers an all-round precise fit, ensuring minimal internal movement when running naturally on any terrain. Suits those with a narrower forefoot.





Mimics the ‘Windlass Effect’ delivering a kick of energy with each step, helping the athlete to run faster and more efficiently.


The Meta-Flex™ is a groove in the forefoot that provides a natural flex point in the shoe, allowing the forefoot to function naturally with each step.


By strengthening the EVA midsole with textured rubber caps where the foot hooks the rope, we create a lightweight, rope-proof design with heightened grip and durability.


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