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Escape your ordinary running routes.
If you're thinking about dipping a toe into trail running, the Salomon Men's X-Wind Pro Trail Running Shoe will take you from your front door to the trail head, and then miles on down that hard-packed dirt path. The stretchy air mesh upper and abrasion-resistant textile lining dry in a flash and reduce the chances of your toes suffering in sweaty silence. A moderate 9mm drop keeps the heel-strikers happy and the midfoot runners motoring along as well. Regardless of your running style or chosen terrain, the X-Wind Pro makes the mileage magical.
Stretch air mesh on top and a robust textile lining move moisture away from your foot. The Ortholite insole comes out if you have something against a cushioned footstrike—or want to use a custom insert. The midsole combines injected EVA and compressed EVA to give your running cushioned stability. Injected EVA in back and in front help you maintain sure footing without a lot of lateral leeway, and compressed EVA from heel to top makes hitting the ground to toeing off a positively soft experience.
Getting from the start to the finish, be it your gait cycle or your running route, should be fluid and smooth, not herky-jerky. Transition Link Carriage (TLC) construction connects the heel crash pad with the forefoot of the shoe for fluid foot motion. A protective toe cap helps your paw survive burly curbs and low-hanging sassy branches. Two different varieties of Contragrip on the outsole enhance sole durability while providing multi-terrain grip. The X-Wind Pro took several cues from Salomon's all-terrain vehicle, the XR Crossmax. Whether you're a loyal Salomon runner or a virgin trail runner, you'll be singing the praises of this crossover shoe for seasons to come.
- Stretch air mesh upper
- Textile lining
- Ortholite insole
- 9mm drop
- Injected EVA rear and forefoot midsole
- Compressed EVA full-length midsole
- Transition Link Carriage construction
- Toe cap
- Contagrip LT and HA outsole
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Versatile and Comfortable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Because most of my day-to-day training takes place on equal proportions of road and trail (especially when I'm pushing a Jogging Stroller), I need a shoe that performs well on both surfaces. The Salomon X-Wind Pro is my go-to shoe because the tread is aggressive enough to provide good traction on trails, but smooth enough for a pleasant experience on-road (Salomon calls it a hybrid sole; I call it poetry in motion). The cushioning is soft but the shoe response is bouncy, which is what I prefer for easy jogging days when my legs are sore and tired from faster speed work in days prior.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a shoe with a protective foot plate (for those rocky and technical trails), the X-Wind Pro isn't suited for that. You'll find that the sole and cushioning do not protect the bottoms of your feet from pointed rocks and/or tree roots.
This is a favorite shoe of mine because it is light, nimble, cushy, versatile and comfortable.