The X-Talon 190 not only gets a facelift, but a complete overhaul and, in this case, it results in “better.”
On first appearance you notice the color change–it has gone from the original red and white to a hazard-suit orange and white colorway, dramatically increasing the flash-factor more than a few notches. You will not be able to hide in these shoes! At first, it would seem this is the only change, but upon closer examination, you discover big updates. What are the differences? Let me count thy ways….
The welded overlays that make up the structure and lacing system of the shoe are increased ever so slightly to add just a touch more structure.
The once thin, rough toe guard has been changed to a thin-skinned toebox overlay and now continues back well past the bending points of the metatarsals and should decrease the occurrence of mesh blow-out that some people were having on the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. In the previous model, if the mesh rubbed a few rocks or the wearer had a wider foot, it might become frayed and lead to ripping and those little piggys could become exposed. This thin protection layer should prevent that from occurring.