I was skeptical about the combination lightweight and trail
running shoe - but I must admit I'm convinced, the Talon 212
really feels like a race shoe. Not only lightweight but also
very flexible. The only difference is the mesh - it is
almost waterproof and a warmer that usual racing shoes. The
traction is incredible. None of my old/other trail shoes
were that good. Unlike other trail shoes you can still feel
the underground you're running on. The studs give some extra
cushioning but overall the cushioning is medium/low (which I
like as a fore foot runner). The sole is thinner, more
elastic. Running x-country or on single trails through the
woods it feels like a feet massage - my feet got warm (not
unpleasantly hot) and that gave me a little extra energy for
running fast. Would I recommend the Talon 212? Absolutely!
Outstanding, innovative value for a moderate price.
Definitely happy with these shoes. They are lightweight and
minimal but still comfortable. I have only had them a couple
of weeks so can't comment on durability. I knocked a couple
of minutes of a 76 min training run (compared to some Asics
GT2140's). From my experience, I would generally urge a
gradual transition when switching from more padded shoes to
these as I found myself running more on my front foot. I
went hard out (16 and 24 k fast pace runs) from the get go
and I feel some slight twinges in my ankles and have gone
back my Asics for a while and will get back to my x-talons
in a few weeks with a more gradual intro.
I was doubting for weeks before I bought the X Talon 212
shoes, because I already have a lot of shoes, but people
said, well you need to try the inovs because they are way
better, you will be surprised etc. And indeed, I'm glad I
bought them, I just want to say, stop doubting, buy them!