I’m back with shoe report!

So a week off running and it wasn’t too bad, I must admit it was tricky to not go out when the sun shone on the way home but I stuck to it for a whole week. And today I got to try out my new shoes (I had to hide them this week in case my will broke)

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Inov8 X-Talon 200

First impressions – very comfy, at first they felt a little snug but they are so soft – like a baby deers furry ass – that they soon felt like they were already worn in.

The reason I got these was for better grip as the weather turns and I’m going to be spending much of the next six months sliding around in mud. I also wanted something for wet rocks on the beach, It’s not like I ask a lot or anything.

It’s been raining all week and so I was sure to find mud

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Mud glorious mud – Sheep track in fact – And the shoes handled it superbly. The bigger lugs certainly grip this kind of stuff. No loss of traction.
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Next test – Wet slippery rocky path with fallen wet leaves.ย  There were a few hairy moments here but then there always are in the wet. I did feel more confident in the Inov8s compared to say the Altras especially on downhills.
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Sand test – Well lets be fair even i cant fall over on sand but and I was delighted to discover they kick up cool little spurts of sand behind you. I spent the next mile runing while looking over my shoulder.
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They really come into their own on technical rocky terrain, they feel very nimble and precise and covering these rocks was loads of fun. Plenty of spring in them for bounds and leap and they grip superbly even on angled rocksย  and slopes.
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Water – I was very surprised by how water resistant they were, nothing got in at the beach but this made me a little concerned, I wasnt expecting them to be waterproof and alas if water does get in (to be fair I was sloshing around in a stream) it doesnt drain out very well.

So overall I’m more than pleased with the Xtalon 200 – They are definitely going to become my technical shoe of choice and I expect to give them a right hammering this winter. The grip is fantastci on mud and rock and they provide an immense feeling of confidence and stability. My only worry is the drainage but with some care there shouldnt be too much water getting in – basically it has to go in over the top anyway.

Oh and I have new shoes but this dude has a new coat – With chickens on! How cool is that (I was kinda jealous)

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Uber cool horsie

Author: Gareth

Running coastal trails in South Wales and working on a healthier body and mind

11 thoughts on “I’m back with shoe report!”

  1. I’m so happy you seem to like the shoes! Sounds like a proper test run for them as well. I love mine and with the gloves are the only pair right now I seem to want to run in. Water from top is always an issue…. If I really hit the jackpot I usually just take them off and unsoak them….

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  2. Oooh now these sound like my kind of shoes. Grippy on all terrain (salivates). Gaiters would be good as deep puddles are an issue for me – but no wait- I may be buying a treadmill – no puddle worries there!

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      1. Definitely thinking treadmill not shoes! Although I did think that I might need the shoes for the weekends๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† Sussed out the damage this morning. It doesn’t call to me as a place that I want to be, but cee jay, being creative and brilliantly clever, suggested fairy lights. So I’m trying to think of how I can create a treadmill running grotto for winter!

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      2. Cave is right! It is very cob webby in there! It contains a mixture of ours and our landlords ‘treasures’. Mainly a mixture of cardboard boxes in various stages of unpacking. But it has potential!!!!๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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