Posted: 22/08/2014 at 13:19
I've started using Inov-8 XTalon 212, which I bought for a fell race, but will use for XC courses which aren't suitable for XC spikes (because of gravel / stony paths, etc. which we sometimes get.) The rubber lugs on the soles are too soft to consider doing any significant amount of road running so they really are strictly off-road, but they're not minimalist either. There is some cushioning there, just not a lot. You could go even lighter with the 190 but I don't have any experience of those.
BTW the 212 is supposed to refer to the weight in grammes, which is a bit of a joke, since mine are over 250g and I haven't exactly got clowns' feet! Still pretty light for an off-road shoe though.
I'd recommend the x-talon 212 too. Lightweight, good grip on soft ground and enough cushioning for firmer stuff. The 212 is supposed to be the weight for a size 8. However, even without the laces and inner sole they still weigh 230g so not sure where Inov-8 get their figures from!