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Serious tech for serious training.
- Gore-Tex membrane breathes well while protecting your foot from rain, snow, and muddy puddles
- Women-specific fit designed to match your foot's shape and stride
- Sturdy upper and protective rubber toe cap stands up to abuse and repels trail debris
- Dual-density EVA midsole provides cushioning and shock absorption
- 3D Advanced Chassis provides stability on uneven terrain
- Non-marking ContraGrip rubber outsole provides traction in a wide variety conditions
- SensiFit speed-lace system makes on-trail adjustments a breeze
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Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid GTX Ultra Shoe
Wet weather Trail Runners
I bought these this winter for trail running in the snow. They are incredibly comfortable and supportive. I will carry them over into the spring and summer for running in the rain as well as light hiking. I feel compared to other Salomon shoes I have had in the past this pair runs a little larger. I first purchased a 9 and then exchanged for an 8 1/2 and could almost take an 8. My foot is fairly wide and Salomon runners work great for me and aren't too narrow.
Great for light hiking
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This shoe is brilliantly lightweight, and I had absolutely no problems with walking them in - very comfortable, with no blisters or issues on my first 4-day hike...! I would say, however, that they are not suitable for hardcore hiking, as the soles are not thick and sturdy enough, and the high ankle provides minimal support (the lace-up system also makes it difficult to tighten fully around the ankle)... they are really souped-up trail running shoes.
For more serious hiking, I would recommend proper hiking shoes (and salomon has some great hiking boot options).
But for light hiking and walking, they are great!
I haven't had a chance to try out their waterproofness yet, since I have so far only used them in dry conditions - some people complain that their feet get sweaty in them, but I haven't had that problem.
Close but no cigar
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought these to hike the Inca Trail (4 days, 28 mi and 1520m ascent). I took them out for a short acclimatization hike the day before the trek with no problems. Light weight, stable and decent looking, score.
The shoes held up like a champ on trek Day 1, feet were warm and dry in muddy/wet conditions.
I put them back on for Day 2 and immediately felt immense pain on the front of my inner ankle bone when I secured the lace, it was bruised. I swapped out the insoles for my superfeet hoping it would change my foot positioning to relieve some pressure. I also applied a thick blister bandage and thick socks for cushioning. It helped some but by days end (16 km w/920m ascent) I was in serious pain. Loosening the lace didn't help because my ankle still hit the inside of the shoe.
I couldn't bare to wear them on Day 3 and opted for Teva sandals instead.
Overall my foot was comfortable, blister-free, warm and dry. The deal breaker however was the ankle support. Thanks to Backcountry's awesome return policy they'll be going back. Strongly considering giving the low ankle style a shot.
Waterproofed and comfortable
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I got these for the wet terrain of the Adirondacks and just used them for a 3 days backpacking trip with daily rain. My feet stayed dry the entire time. They are light and the boot style keeps the dirt out. No blisters either. I owned the shoe version in the past and I am really glad I went back with this one. My only complaint is that I generally wear 10, but they are a bit big. I will probably by 1/2 size smaller next time.