I decided to go with the Inov-8 Roclite 295's.
I brought all my various shoes to the trailhead this morning because I still couldn't figure out which shoes to go with and I thought maybe the trail would fill me in on the decision.
As I compared I remembered that the only reason to get different shoes was for protection from breaking my foot on rocks and stumps. And the roclites were the best choice in that regard.
Also, they are by far the most comfortable fitting. No tightness in the toes...and I didn't even have to remove the insole to get no tightness like I did in the NB 790's and the inov-8 talons.
Plus, jun and nevels, how could I resist your convincing conviction in the roclite 295's? You guys may as well be sponsored by that exact shoe with how much you raved about it.
Well, I ran an easy 5.4 miles, about 45 minutes on a rocky, hilly trail by my house and they felt great and did the job well of protecting my hurt left foot from pain and further injury. I'm very pleased with them and glad I went with the comfortable route rather than succombing to my ingrained desire to have as little sole as possible. I think these are going to be a good trail shoe for me.
So thanks for the recommendation.