Inov-8 Trail Talon 275

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Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 Review Facts

The Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 is a comfortable trail shoe that can go the distance…literally. Whether it’s the aggressive lug pattern, the secure webbing on the upper, or the mildly responsive midsole, the Trail Talon 275 has everything you need to perform in any type of trail environment. When it comes to the trail environment, people need a durable shoe that will last long regardless of how tough the terrain is. With the Trail Talon 275, the wearer will experience exceptional responsiveness, in addition to a high quality upper and a durable outsole. The advanced Inov-8 technology applied to this sneaker will assure the wearer a long lifespan and a top quality trail sneaker.  

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Durable outsole
  • Upper is breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Reasonable support
Cons
  • Lack of color options
  • Heavier than average
  • Runs large
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Trailclaw gripping lugs on the outsole provide top quality traction. Measured at approximately four millimeters, these lugs are perfect for gripping onto the trail surface and using the Trail Talon’s responsiveness to keep moving forward. With these lugs, you’ll be able to go up and down a mountain at full speed. The outsole is made with two different types of sticky rubber: a hard sticky rubber, and a soft sticky rubber. The Soft sticky rubber adds a cushioning factor in addition to reliable grip on the wet or slippery ground. The hard sticky rubber is durable and efficiently protects the midsole while also holding onto the ground aggressively.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The high-quality PowerFlow technology in the midsole will supply the wearer with a generous amount of cushioning. Compared to other Trail Talon models, the 275 has extended cushioning that keeps the feet comfortable for long daily runs and absorbs shock in the process. The midsole also contains the Dynamic Fascia Band and responsive Two-Arrow Shock-Zone.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The breathable upper used in this sneaker is made with a lightweight synthetic mesh. Inov-8 applied the AdapterFit webbing The upper is one of the most durable parts of the Trail Talon 275. Inov-8 uses a TPU overlay so that the fabrics in the upper properly respond to the Trail Talon’s lacing system. The upper also responds to how tightly or loosely the shoelaces are adjusted, so if you tighten them, expect a tighter fit. In addition, the Trail Talon 275 has a tongue that is essentially attached to the upper. This format keeps dirt and debris out of the interior of the shoe, keeping your feet clean throughout your run.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Trail Talon is heavier in comparison to a standard running shoe. Weighing in at 9.7 ounces for both men and women, this shoe isn’t exactly something you wear if you want to “walk on clouds.” While it is more likely than not that you will still feel “free” opposed to weighed down, this weight clearly indicates how the shoe will feel once you put it on.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

There is some solid ventilation with the Trail Talon 275. The synthetic mesh used in the upper allows breathable coverage throughout the whole foot. When using the Trail Talon 275, air enters rapidly through the foot chamber to keep the runner’s feet cool and dry, regardless if they’re sweating or running through puddles. Furthermore, the highly ventilated upper will deter any odor build up inside the shoe, especially since the odds of a high sweat presence is unlikely.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

There is an average amount of cushioning in this trail sneaker. The cushioning in the midsole works almost like a sponge. It absorbs impact from the ground and releases energy that helps the runner move forward. It also creates a consistent platform for the underfoot and offers a comfortable running experience. The PowerFlow technology keeps the feet extremely comfortable no matter what you’re running on.

This shoe has been known to fit large, so it is recommended that buyers purchase a size smaller than what they usually wear. Also, the toe box was reported to be wider than average; something that wide-foot runners might want to take advantage of. The only downside wearers have claimed is that these sneakers are likely to cause you blisters on your heels. When putting on the Trail Talon 275, the heel enters an undercut cup. When running, your heel will be constantly rubbing against this cup, so make sure to wear high enough socks when running in these trail sneakers!
Style
Style

Style

Despite the lack of color selection, the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 has an appealing style that would be considered “futuristic” or modern. You can vividly see the clear lacing system going across the midfoot, with the Inov-8 logo printed on top of it. The shoe has a toe guard with “Trail Talon 275” printed across from it as well as the foot logo branded on towards the outsole. The colorways were attractive, although a wider selection would be preferable for most buyers.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Trail Talon 275 is one of the more durable sneakers within the Inov-8 brand. Since this shoe is primarily used for aggressive surfaces, the outsole is made with an endurance rubber that is highly resistant to damage. The lightweight material used in the upper is also extremely difficult to puncture. You can run in these sneakers for well over 100 miles and expect the outsole to look almost the same as when you purchased the shoes. The Trail Talon 275 will benefit runners who utilize the trail terrain because these shoes are hard to break. No matter where you are running, or how many miles you run with these sneakers, it is highly unlikely that you will notice any true signs of wear, besides any marks that occur from dirt.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Since this is a trail sneaker, it is important for it to be made with strong materials that will be able to protect the foot and the quality of the shoe. The outsole, in particular, is heavily protected so that it could combat rigorous terrain. The hard sticky rubber on the outsole provides durable protection for the midsole while holding a good grip onto the ground. The Trail Talon 275 has a Two-Arrow Shock-Zone.

In other words, it has great underfoot protection in addition to responsiveness. The PowerFlow technology in the midsole will also be able to absorb shock so that you can keep going and not feel any pain from the hard trail surface. There is also a toe guard placed at the forefoot which is meant to protect your toes from getting stubbed during your run. Whenever you’re in an unstable terrain, it’s likely your forefoot will come in contact with a tree, or a rock, or something in that realm. With that being said, it’s best to be prepared.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The PowerFlow technology in the midsole has a lot of responsive features. Wearers have claimed that the material used in the midsole has a spring-board-like feeling to it; providing more energy to the runner with each step. This will be extremely useful when running long distances in the Trail Talon 275 because it will keep the runner comfortable and they will be able to use their energy for each step.
Support
Support

Support

Most of this shoe’s support comes from the Dynamic Fascia Band in the midsole. This support feature acts as the plantar fascia ligament, which works with the speed of the foot as the runner goes through the gait cycle. This feature isn’t necessarily obvious, as some testers cannot indicate whether it works or not, but ultimately the Trail Talon 275 does feel highly supportive. Having this extra form of support will assist the runner in concentrating on their fitness goals while using their muscles at maximum capacity in order to get better. The Trail Talon 275 also has Inov-8’s signature MetCradle technology applied to it. MetCradle essentially places the metatarsal heads in front of the forefoot, which ultimately adds support to that area.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Trail Talon 275 focuses on the basic trail terrain. This sneaker is best for any type of unstable surface. Whether it’s the woods, the mountains, or off road in general, the Trail Talon 275 from Inov-8 will have the features needed to succeed in a rough environment. “Trail” is in the shoe’s name and it goes without saying that it should be used strictly in a trail type of environment. The shoe will likely become rapidly damaged if you decide to run on a road terrain, in addition to strong discomfort in your feet due to the lugs on the outsole. Overall, the Trail Talon 275 isn’t meant for any advanced trail surface but is primarily used for unstable terrain.
Price
Price

Price

The price for the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 fluctuates between below average and high, depending on the shoe size. For the average male shoe size, the listed price is slightly high; well over the three digit range. If you are debating the value of the Trail Talon compared to the price listed, you should consider the terrain you run in the most. This should determine if making an investment on the Trail Talon has any worth. The runner that consistently goes on hikes, runs in the woods, and any other type of exercise on a rough surface will most definitely benefit from this shoe. The person who runs primarily on the roads should look into something more fit for their preferred terrain.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole is equipped with a 4-millimeter thick Trailclaw gripping lugs that are great for ripping into the surface and keeping the balance at all times during your run. Inov-8 uses hard and soft rubber to deliver a dependable traction on the surface. Regardless of whether or not you are on a wet or dry surface, the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 will be able to get strong traction; especially when going upward or downward on a hill or mountain. Just by looking at the shoe, you can tell that the outsole was built to grip the surface. The four-millimeter lugs like shark teeth ready to pierce the ground; a look that commands the traction created by the Trail Talon 275.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This shoe seems stiff when initially taken out of the box, but after running a few miles and breaking it in, expect it to feel a little more natural. The soft sticky rubber used in the outsole also offers a sense of flexibility. While running in the Trail Talon 275, the runner will notice that they will be able to naturally move their feet while running, without feeling any type of resistance that would commonly occur with extremely stiff running shoes.
Stability
Stability

Stability

When it comes to the Trail Talon 275, the part of the shoe that secures the foot the most is the upper. The external TPU overlay and lacing system stabilizes the foot whenever you tighten the shoelaces. This system holds the foot in place by placing a snug fit through the upper instead of completely restricting the foot. Thanks to these features installed by Inov-8, the foot will be still during the entirety of the run.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Trail Talon has a drop similar to other Inov-8 sneakers at eight millimeters. This neutral shoe will work best for people looking for a natural gait cycle as well as your average heel striker. A majority of popular running shoes have an average drop of ten millimeters. While this measurement is common, having a lower measurement doesn’t necessarily take anything away from the Trail Talon 275.
Key Features of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275
Key Features of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275

Key Features of the Inov-8 Trail Talon 275

• Secure, breathable upper
• Thick gripping lugs for excellent traction
• Durable
• Responsive midsole
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The bottom line, Inov-8’s Trail Talon 275 is a great buy if you have the funds and want something focused on the trail surface. This shoe is perfect for long runs on a trail ground and is durable enough to thrive in that environment. Despite the high retail price, the Trail Talon 275 is worth an investment based off of what it gives you. After running a high volume of miles you should expect your outsole to look barely used; something you don’t see often in running shoes. Overall, the Trail Talon 275 is a high mileage trail shoe. It has all the necessities of a great trail shoe, including but not limited to durability, comfort, responsiveness, and protection. When you want to run in long, rough trails, this shoe will properly accommodate you while you reach your goals.