Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275

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Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275 Review Facts

Feeling like you don’t want to miss a day of running, even when there is a harsh winter and everything is covered with ice outside? Wear the new Arctic Talon 275 from the British Inov-8, and feel sure and confident even on the most slippery surface. Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275 is marketed as a trail running trainer for winter running, and the shoe does its job. This is not a surprising result from a company specializing in making shoes for all kinds of off-road running since 2003. The very name of a company that sounds like ‘Innovate’ suggests that their products are innovative and advanced. The Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275 is not an exception to this idea. The model is equipped with tungsten carbide spikes providing ultimate grip with ice. It has precision fit, great cushioning and good protection from the elements. Finally, it weighs only 275 g which is not heavy for the kind of trainers. And it is sold for an attractive price. What else do you need if you feel like running in cold weather?

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Maximum grip on the most slippery terrains.
  • Good flexibility combined with the right amount of cushioning.
  • Very durable sole and upper.
  • Enhanced (optional) debris protection.
Cons
  • The fit is rather narrow, especially in the forefoot.
  • Not recommended for running on dry pavement
  • The studs create a noise and harsh ride on concrete urban surfaces.
  • Some runners complained about discomfort with the shoe on long runs.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275 is equipped with sticky and durable TRI-C™/ICE-TEC™ outsole with more tungsten carbide spikes than ever before. The spikes are carefully aligned so that a runner can feel stable and secure while running fast even on the most slippery surfaces. All the features provide phenomenal grip over frozen terrains or other slippery conditions like wet, moss-covered rocks. The maximum grip and light weight allow for fast running while not caring much about which part of the foot strikes the ground.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is made of lightweight compressed EVA that provides good cushioning and shock absorption. It is also equipped with flexible ProtecShank™ II polymer that aligns with spikes underneath. This construction guarantees a runner good protection and comfort, providing exceptional performance in the most challenging winter conditions.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Arctic Talon 275 upper is made of breathable, lightweight and durable synthetic mesh that lets the feet breath and at the same time keeps them warm. The tight-fitting design keeps the foot in place preventing excessive movements inside. X-Lock and Tongue Lock provide even better fit and prevent debris from entering the shoe. For better protection from the elements, one may use optional gaiters attached directly to the trainers.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The shoe, even with its multiple metal spikes and pretty thick sole, weights only 275 g or 9.625 oz in US 7.5 (UK7) size. The light weight coupled with the perfect grip provided by the metal spikes make the Arctic Talon 275 one of the fastest shoes for winter running.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The synthetic mesh upper in the Arctic Talon 275 is breathable enough to keep the foot well ventilated and at the same time warm in cold winter temperatures.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Arctic Talon 275 has a precision fit that may be not very comfortable for runners with wider feet. The snug fitting encourages minimal internal foot movement that adds stability while running harsh terrains and encourages faster running. The shoe is equipped with X-Lock and Tongue Lock that add to the comfortable fit and make it more secure. According to the users’ reviews, the Arctic Talon 275 comes true to its size, and 1/2 size up should suffice most of the users.
Style
Style

Style

Most of the shoes by Inov-8 not only feel and sound but also look innovative and stylish, from the recognizable label to color schemes. The Arctic Talon 275 appearance follows the trend. First produced in one color scheme — Blue/Black/Silver/Yellow — now the shoes are available in 2 more color combinations.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Inov-8 made its name designing the athletic gear able to perform in difficult environments. Since the Arctic Talon 275 is created for severe winter conditions, the durability factor was one of the most important in the process of designing the shoes. The manufacturer managed to meet the challenge perfectly: all the parts of the shoe, from its outstanding spikes to the upper, are very durable and able to stand the conditions they are meant for.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Arctic Talon 275 comes forward with a few levels of protection and comfort. The ProtecShank™ II polymer in its midsole protects foot's metatarsals from the spikes underneath and the hits made while running harsh terrains — and at the same time it preserves the shoe’s flexibility. The unique optional gaiters attached directly to the trainers provide perfect protection for the upper.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

A thick sole and multiple tungsten carbide spikes do not make the shoes less responsive. With the shoes, a runner may feel the ground well enough while still feeling stable and secure on any surface, including ice or frozen ground. However, it’s not perfect on surfaces it’s not intended for, like concrete urban roads.
Support
Support

Support

The tight-fitting true to size design of the shoe makes it supportive enough for the challenging winter running it’s created for. The snug fit prevents the foot from moving inside and adds more stability to the run on slippery surfaces.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Lightweight and secure, the Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275 may be the best winter racing show on the market right now. With its tungsten carbide spikes and other constructive solutions, it is ideal for running on frozen grounds and ice, or mud or wet granite or wet rocks covered with lichen. However, the shoes are not recommended for running of dry pavements, cobblestone roads or similar surfaces.
Price
Price

Price

With all the constructive solutions and innovations, the Arctic Talon 275 is still offered at affordable price starting from $75.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The significant tungsten carbide studs integrated into the Arctic Talon 275 construction provide phenomenal grip with surfaces covered with snow and ice. Coupled with the light weight of these shoes, this perfect grip allows you to run in the winter faster than you ever did before. Throw these on and run at a quick speed with confidence even when everything is frozen over!
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

As other Inov-8 shoes created for off-road running where the characteristic is especially important, the Arctic Talon 275 is equipped with very durable and at the same flexible sole and upper. The flexibility of the foot is supported by the 4-finger ProtecShank™ II midsole that provides both protection and comfort while running.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The shoe has a tight-fitting design that securely snugs the foot leaving minimum extra place inside. This construction prevents shuffling and adds more stability to the run allowing to race faster and with more confidence even in the most severe winter conditions.
Drop
Drop

Drop

With their 4-millimeter drop, the Arctic Talon 275 are qualified as the lowest drop trainers in Inov-8 range. However, the number adds the shoes even more stability while running on the slippery surfaces.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Multiple and carefully aligned tungsten carbide spikes ensuring perfect grip with snow and ice.
• Sticky and durable TRI-C™/ICE-TEC™ outsole.
• ProtecShank™ II midsole for foot's metatarsals protection and additional cushioning.
• Great durability, flexibility, and stability.
• Unique optional on-the-shoe gaiters for additional protection from debris and elements.
• X-Lock and Tongue Lock for better fitting.
• Tight and rather narrow fit.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Inov-8 has been specializing in making off-road running products since 2003rd, and the last year’s Arctic Talon 275 winter running shoes may be considered its success. Lightweight, flexible and durable, they are equipped with a few unique solutions that allow you to keep running even when the world is frozen over. Their well-measured and carefully placed tungsten carbide spikes provide excellent grip with the most severe of off-road terrains, excelling on snow and ice. The integrated gaiters option makes running with the Arctic Talon 275 even more protected.

What is important, the shoes make it possible not just run in winter but run really fast. All the features have already made the model popular among fans of winter activities. Some of them even call Inov-8 Arctic Talon 275 the best of the kind on the market. However, the tight fit of the shoe makes it not the best choice for runners with wider feet.