Gear Check

For anyone who's serious about trail running or adventure racing, here are three pieces of kit that will make your challenges a bit easier, writes Roisin Finlay.

28th April, 2012
Gear Check
Inov-8 X-Talon 212: instead of a rigid sole, the X-Talon has a soft, flexible, ultra-grippy sole.

Inov-8 X-Talon 212

Inov-8 X-Talon 212 running shoes (€120) for men and women have won more trail running world championships that any other off-road shoe and it's not hard to see why. Weighing in at just 212g, these are top performers.

The shoe itself is slim and low to the ground like a running flat but, instead of a rigid sole, the X-Talon has a soft, flexible, ultra-grippy sole. There is a stiff upper construction to hold...

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