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The Salomon Men’s XA Pro 3D Mid GTX Ultra Trail Running Shoe makes light work of puddles, snow patches, stream overflow, wet leaves, and loose rock. These insanely grippy, super waterproof trail shoes provide the protection, comfort, and support you need to cover long distances at high speeds.

  • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane guarantees waterproof breathable protection
  • Anti-debris mesh increases ventilation without letting in trail chunks
  • 3D Advanced Chassis uses Energy Cell material to promote forefoot propulsion
  • Quicklace system tightens with a single pull
  • Sensifit upper connects to the lace-points for a secure, wrapped fit
  • Gusseted tongue won’t pinch or bunch
  • EVA molded foam midsole cushions foot and absorbs impact
  • Molded rubber toe cap protects your toes from rocks and roots
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Great Hiking Shoes

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I bought two pair of these as a replacement for my other Solomons that are getting a little worn after a couple of years' use. These two pair are virtually identical to the old shoes except for the color. While they are categorized as trail running shoes and not boots, the high ankle support makes them more akin to boots. I used to wear Vasques , but now that I've switched to Solomon, I'll never wear heavy boots again. The Quicklace System is awesome!

Great for dudes and chicks!

I bought this shoe in the women's version a few years back. Absolutely love. Take these bad boys with me everywhere. Fits true to size, maybe even on the bigger side. Hiked the Narrows at Zion in these shoes. Even with soaking wet feet and socks, I didn't get any blisters. Remained comfortable. Breathable, water resistant, solid ankle support, quick and easy lacing system.

Great for dudes and chicks!

Dependable, use-for-anything shoes

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

These are great shoes in all.

I've just ordered my second pair, after my first pair have started to fall apart. I initially thought that the shoes had started to fall apart too soon, but when I thought about it I have had them for 2 years and have worn the gunter out of them. So, fair enough then.

I have worn them for everything and everywhere. A lot of hard miles, wet miles and easy miles. the only problems I faced really was the fastening system. I'm not really a huge fan, but I do like the fact everything can pack away on top of the tongue. The tie on the left started going first, so I had to wrap it around once to ensure it didn't slip. This worked well and took another 2 seconds of my day, so not a big ask. Because of this I would have given the shoes a 4.5, but I can't so am happy with a 5.

I believe they run about right to the size, although my foot is relatively normal (not wide). Would recommend without hesitation.

Purchased Then Returned

  • Fit:True to size

I wear a size 12.5 in regular, plain-Jane shoes -- Hard to find anything in 12.5... So, I bought shoes in question in a size 12 -- The length was good. However, the shoe is too wide for my feet (my feet are not especially narrow, but they are narrow compared to an average foot -- I am a slender guy). Furthermore, the structure of the shoe was "flimsy" -- Did not support my feet well.

Therefore, I returned them (Backcountry return policy is great) and purchased the Asolo Jumla Hiking Boot -- Which has a fantastic, slender boot. Although -- NOTE -- I would buy a size 12.5, if they sold them... They are a tad small but not pressing on any toe.

Went through three pairs :(

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Well, this shoe is wonderfully comfortable, has Gore-Tex, and is VERY lightweight. However, I ripped through the sole gripping twice and the top fabric once. I got new ones each time for free since they were manufacturer faults, but these fellas aren't very sturdy. I hate to write a review like this because the shoe fits so stinkin well and does work on the everyday. I recommend going up to the backpacking boot or checking out some leather products. Hope I helped.

Just okay

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I walk 5-14 miles for my job so I put shoes thru their paces.

Pros - Lightweight. Decent waterproofing. Good traction. Toe cap. Decent cushion. Good grip.

Cons - HATE the lacing system, garbage. Stitching is coming loose in some areas. Tearing of fabric past the toe box. Sole wears quickly.

I wouldn't buy these again. Not completely dissatisfied but I'll look for something different. I have only had these shoes for about a month.

Better than my Mizuno's

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I've recently moved my running from the streets to the mountains and needed something a little more sturdy. These Salomons are unbelievable. I've only run in them one time, but my initial reaction is that these are my new favorite running shoe.

Right out of the box, I was amazed how light they are. My wife and I took a short walk around the neighborhood and they felt good enough to put through a serious test. This morning I ran a 10-mile run up and down a rocky, dirt road and I don't have a single negative thing to say about them. They protected my feet from the rocks (even running downhill at a quick pace). More importantly, and surprisingly, I didn't have a single blister. That's saying something from a brand new shoe.

I was worried about the higher cut on the shoe inhibiting my running, but it was never an issue, but I still felt that it gave that little bit of added support that I need for my ankle.

I would recommend these shoes to everyone and have been.


  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I work as a park ranger and needed a niche lightweight shoe for multi-mile mountain trips. Out of the box, these shoes performed exceptionally well in mountain terrain. I have no complaints. I love the lace system as it gets tucked away and it's tough and strong. These shoes are built for speed. Love 'em.

Durability issue on lace

    I've worn them for less than a month and lace system is total crap. They slide very easy and won't hold. It's best to tie them, but then why do they even put that lace system?

    Shoes/ boots are awesome, fit is great and function great. However, for trail run purpose I don't get why they won't offer Non-Gore version. Gore takes forever to dry up and in recent run they got wet immediately after I step on semi-deep paddle (not deeper than top line of the shoes, but wish splashing unavoidable to get wet). Rest of run my feet was sliding inside a little, and of course some blisters and hotspots afterwards. Overall this isn't bad, but I'd recommend non-gore.

    Good pair of trail running shoes.

      I haven't taken this particular pair out in the woods yet but I have used Salomon's shoes for years now & it kept me comfortable at all times & dry when it gets wet outside. I still has to see one fail me.

      all arounder

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I've been rolling my XA Pro mid-tops for over a year now. Here in snowy NE Cali, they've become my everyday footwear. I love how the lacing system can be locked as loose fitting slippers, and this mode basically makes for a comfortable and convenient everyday shoe. I have done probably 200 miles of actual hiking with the shoes, including a bit of winter snow travel and most notably on the 60-mile Bailey Traverse in Olympic National Park. The shoes worked great on this hike, which involved travel on established trails, cross-country bushwhacking, glacier travel, steep snow travel with crampons, and rock scrambling. It is quite difficult to select a shoe for that adventure, and I was pleased with the performance. The shoes do get a little warm in summer, but they are quick drying and easy on-off. I am impressed how the tread still is kicking, though definitely going to wear out later this year. At this point I fully intend to buy another pair when these wear out. Great shoes for a variety of adventures!

      Like 'em...with one minor issue

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit:True to size

      I fell in love with Salomon after I took a recommendation to try the Quest 4Ds for work use. Those are the most comfortable things hat have ever wrapped my feet. I decided to get the XA Pros for more of an every day walking around shoe. When I got these I was initially disappointed because there was a noticeable lump in the middle that pushed on the bottom of my foot. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and hoped the bump would even out. After about two weeks of no luck I tried taking out the Ortholite foot bed. It looked ok so I tried positioning it I little forward of where it was before. Its an improvement, but its still not perfect. Other than this minor issue, these shoes are awesome, I would definitely get them again...I just might have to replace the Ortholites.

      01-07-2014 Added a $2 foam insole from wal-mart a few weeks after my initial review and this got rid of my issue. I've since bought the all black version for work and did not have the same problem.

      I like these shoes

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      These shoes fit true. I bought them to replace my existing work boot. They are light, and comfortable. I was not sure about what size to order, but I ordered my normal size. I have not been let down with the quality, so far. I work in conditions exposed to all elements. I did not think I would like the speed lacig system, but after putting them on and taking them off, I appreciate it. I would recommend this shoe for all conditions.

      like em.

        Got these for hiking and getting around in the mountains. The main reason was the mid height, have had the shoes in the past but found lots of debris gets in and the mid helps keep more debris out. Better ankle support than the regular shoe and nicer tread than previous seasons models. Quick lace is great! This is a beefier running shoe, not a hiking boot. You stay dry and they are light and comfortable.

        Excellent Hiking Mid Shoe

          I go on 3-4.5 hour long hikes and try to find difficult trails, and finish them as fast as I possibly can. This was tough on my ankles and feet in regular sneakers, especially running downhill. I decided to et the Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid GTX Ultra, and I have been extremely pleased with them. They are light and just sturdy enough to protect and allow for fast movement. They also grip all kinds of terrain very well, and allow me to feel confident that I won't slip during open rock scrambles. Overall the performance of this product and the great deal have left me pleased to say the least.

          I have terrible ankles and can't really wear work boots to work in due to the pain they cause. So I've switched over to my hikers and it's been wonderful. I currently wear KEEN's but have heard so many good things about these Salomon's that I've thought about giving them a go. Would you recommend them in an everyday setting? Or just for trail use?

          Best Answer

          Hey Jason,

          If you have joint issues I strongly suggest you check out the brand Hoka One One. They are rugged, lightweight and guide your step ergonomically. There are a good number of people who spend the day on their feet in our warehouse who have started to switch to Hokas while they work and they have noticed a difference.

          Planning a ~35 mile day trip for this...

          Planning a ~35 mile day trip for this summer on the Long Trail and am looking for footwear to start training in, and ultimately do the trip in. The big question is are these a narrow last? I have a very low volume foot, anyone else have this and had success with the shoes?

          Yes, the Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid GTX Ultra Trail Running Shoe does have a narrower last than the average trail shoe. If you have a narrow foot or low volume in general, this would be a good option for you. For others out there, if you have a more standard width foot, I would recommend going up 1/2 size.

          I am thinking of buying this shoe, but...

          I am thinking of buying this shoe, but I've got two questions: I usually take 9.5 EE. I'm thinking that 10 might work for this shoe, especially since I think my foot has gotten a little longer after practicing Qi Gong barefoot for over a year. What do you think? Second question: are these appropriate for summer wear in the NY State, near West Point. It gets fairly warm in the woods, but I've read a number of reviews from people who say the shoes work for them in hot weather. Any info on these counts would be greatly appreciated. Don't want to order and then have to return.

          As far as sizing goes, I feel this particular model runs large by about 1/2 size or more. My 11.5 feel way bigger than any of my other shoes in the same size. I also own this same shoe in the low top model in 11.5 and that is a very snug fit. I think your best bet, if possible, is to try this exact model on in person to see what works best as the sizing seems inconsistant even among shoes of this same brand.

          Write your question here...I am about to...

          Write your question here...I am about to order the Salomon
          trail running shoe, is it pliable like a real running shoe or is
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