The new Inov 8 X Talon 190s – first impression

I took the bright orange 190s out today for what was likely to be a wet and slippery 10.2k route through the deer park, by Paris House and back.  It was sunny for once and reasonably dry underfoot in the areas where the water has finally drained or been dried by the strong breeze.  Much of the park and the back wall however is still very much under water, muddy and slippery.  The 190s coped very well with the slippery bits however they are just not as flexible as the old shoes.  I know that I have lofty expectations – the old X Talons were the best out of the box shoes I’ve run in  – and may be my running form isn’t quite where I would like it, but these didn’t quite feel as comfortable or as good.  Having gone up half a size to ensure an adequate toe box, I could feel extra room around the heel with a little bit of slippage which I could do without.  The heel is quite stiff in comparison to the old shoe and I hope that this will ease in time.

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