Stride forth into the wilderness.
- 3D Chassis construction combines a protective heel counter, a force-distributing stabilizing plate, heel cushioning, and a sole designed specifically for the entire mountain
- Energy Cell2 cushioning helps absorb heel impact due to rocks and obstacles to reduce joint fatigue
- Ortholite sockliner wicks sweat and moisture away from the surface of your feet to encourage evaporative cooling
- Asymmetricl Quiklacing tightens evenly with a single pull of the threaded cable for a secure fit
- Non-marking Contagrip running sole provides traction on worn trails, loose gravel, and mix surfaces
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These shoes tear through states (14 of 'em if you put in the miles).
Bought two pairs of these for an upcoming AT thru-hike and just completed the first 3-day backpacking trip with them.
Made it perfectly through rough terrain and several stream crossing ? drying very quickly. Insanely comfortable and the perfect weight for the job at hand.
Lost one star for the insoles ? they are worthless and should be replaced immediately in my opinion.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I actually bought these shoes to wear to work because my other Salomon shoes are so comfy. They have outperformed anything I've ever had as far as comfort. I used to get sore from being on my feet all day on the concrete and tile floor, not with these shoes! I will purchase them again, no doubt!
Not a question about this shoe, but a question about this shoe's owners' ski boots.... I love these shoes, have for years, as they fit my foot fantastically. That said, I'm looking into getting ski boots, and wondering what those who favor this shoe's fit wears. Appreciate the opinion. (I have a high instep too.)
(BTW note: I replace my insoles with superfeet, which make the shoes last much longer, as the soles and the exterior of the shoes have a longer lifespan... may want to consider it)
I've had these shoes for less than 2 months , haven't even taken them in the trail and the top layer of the insole on both feet has come off of the bottom insole making it impossible for me to use these shoes. Thanks to Backcountry's superb customer service they will ship me a new pair but it shows for how cheaply the insoles are constructed. I hope the rest of the show will hold up when I get out on the trail.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The style got me interested in trying the shoe as it has a great technical appearance along with the Quiklacing. I bought the shoe wanting to try the Quiklacing system. As it is not perfect, however, I do prefer it over the cumbersome laces. One pull to adjust the tightness depending on the situation. To loosen the tightness is to press the fastner and slightly loosen the cable and done. It's much faster than re-tying and getting it just right.
Although comfort of a shoe depends on how well the shoe fits a particular foot but fortunately it works for me. The shoe support for me is not too stiff nor flimsy. It provided me a good balance of support between hard and soft whether I was running over a rocky and hard surface or running up a steep mountain which was dry hard packed. I go on fast pace hikes that are about 3 hours long and there have been no issues of pinching, rubbing, spot tightness, etc.
I gave it a 4 star rating since I personally felt it was a great product but not an absolutely perfect in every aspect. The lacing becomes slightly loose after awhile and I would have to give it a slight pull to re-adjust.
+ Quiklacing system
+ Comfort - toe room, heel, arch, upper
+ Design & Style
- Quiklacing not perfect
- No improvement change from previous
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I first bought these, they were so comfrotable that I put them on everyday afterwork, even for just for sitting around. Trailruns, mountain biking, gym trips, they excel at everything. They still get daily use after almost two years of abuse and still going strong. The soles are wearing down but I've done everything to destroy these so I can buy new ones and its way harder then I thought. Highly recommended. Get the GTX if you want some water protection. The only downside is these breathe so well that a splash of water gets your feet wet. They dry fast though.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a very nice heavy weight take you anywhere trail runner that fits great and has piles of good qualities you can read about in other reviews. However, if you sweat even the slightest bit this is not the shoe for you. During the warm time of year this shoe will quickly fill with sweat and since there is no mesh on the lower portion of the shoe, the sweat is there to stay. You can actually fill this shoe a quarter way up with water and it will not drain. So if you live where it's always cool and dry this shoe is great for its intended purpose but if you live anywhere that the temperature gets over 80 stay away.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I wore these on the Appalachian Trail during my thru-hike. My first pair lasted almost 1,000 miles! My second pair, 600; my third pair, 400, and my fourth pair is still with me with some 350 miles and counting. The reason they die is the foam side wall detaches from the rest of the shoe; when this happens, the inner stitching breaks and then your toes poke through or branches jet in.
I bought a size larger for the thru-hike as my feet were always swollen. Also, NO-GORETEX, these bad boys would dry from soaken wet to bone dry in only a few hours of wear, or after an hour in the sun. Goretex versions take much longer to dry, and when it is really raining, your feet are gonna swim, you can count on that, regardless of gtx or not. Might as well give them an advantage when it comes to drying out. I confidently say that 9/10 thru-hikers agree.
Also, the lacing system never slipped, not once out of all four pairs. The lacing system is bomber and when it's so cold you can't even make a fist, you'll be glad all you have to do is tug with one finger on these guys to set them tight rather than tie a knot. NO SLIPPAGE EVER! Salomon rules.
I really wanted to like these shoes. They have great cushion, support, and stability, while still being breathable. Its the lacing system that ruined it for me. I had heel slippage, which is easy to correct with normal laces. With this system all you can do is cinch it super tight, which then makes the rest of the shoe too tight. I tried everything including adding an extra elastic cinch cord through only the uppermost eyelets. Had to send them back.
Good shoes so far. Only had them for one day of hiking but I wore them straight out of the box and they we're great...to be continued!
So I figure I'd write a review on these finally...considering i've owned three different pairs of this exact shoe. These babies fit my feet perfectly!! But not just mine, I havn't heard of anyone's they don't fit. I bought my first pair of these before going to an SAR school for a year...this included many LONG hikes with a pack anywhere from 35-50lbs. Never once got blisters! In fact I havn't had blisters with these since I have had them. I mainly use them for backpacking trips and some trail running. I'd say the best thing about these shoes is the fact that they last through some pretty strong abuse, and have a ton of foot room in the toe box. They are also very true to fit.
I'd recommend these to anyone and everyone, simply no other shoe compares.
Have the lacing eyelets been redesigned and improved in the Solomon XA Pro 3D ULTRA 2 GTX to reduce friction that causes premature wearing of laces and the lower eyelets that occurred to my Solomon XA Pro 3 Ultra GTX?
Only the lower eyelet, now look like all the rest with the plastic on
I'm now on my 4th pair of these, and I dont plan on ever finding another shoe that supports as well, fits as well, and lasts as long as these do. From jogging on the street, running on trails, hiking, or just plain old walking they will give you everything you need to have happy feet at the end of the day. Pair them up with some Super Feet insoles and you can't go wrong. Perfection.
Well done, Solomon.
Oftentimes we hold onto preconceived notions like they are rote fact. For a long time the conventional wisdom has been that you must wear heavy duty, high-top boots when you are hiking or backpacking, especially in rugged terrain. And for some people, this is probably true. But not everyone. I am a lightweight guy (5'10"/155 lbs) and for summertime backpacking I have all but thrown out my clunky hiking boots in favor of lightweight trail runners. The trick is to find a shoe with either a full, or at least 3/4 length, hard plastic plate running through the sole of the shoe, usually either nylon or urethane. This is what gives your shoes the extra support you need to accommodate the weight of a pack on your back, and also protects the bottoms of your feet from jagged rocks. The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra has a 3/4 length plate, which means it runs from the heel to the ball of your foot, but not under your toes. There are a few different lightweight trail shoes out there with a urethane plate, but these Salomons are my favorite so far. I hiked the entire AT in these shoes (2200 miles in 130 days), hiked the Colorado Trail in them (450 miles in 25 days), have done Class 3 14ers like Longs Peak, innumerable trail runs, etc. They're absolutely great, and I no longer have any use for full-size boots unless there's snow on the ground. Now, that being said, I rarely carry a pack heavier than 40 lbs (usually 25-30). If you're the type of guy that likes to carry an 80-liter pack stuffed to the gills, with your trusty dutch oven hanging off the back, low-top trail runners may not be right for you. Similarly if you're overweight, or have a propensity for sprained ankles, etc. But don't shy away from them just because of dogmatic conventional "wisdom" about boots and backpacking! Lastly, I would not recommend going with the GTX, especially for multi-day hiking. I'm assuming you're wearing these in warm weather, and if you're wearing low-tops in the summer then they're going to get wet no matter what - whether it's sweat from your own foot, rain water trickling down your legs and into your shoes, stream water coming in over the sides, whatever. But the regular (non GTX) versions breath WAY better, and therefore will dry out much faster and be much more comfortable to wear throughout the day. Wide feet, take note - this shoe is also offered in a wide size, although not every retailer carries it.
The Salomon XA Pro 3D is a great trail running shoe but an even better mountain biking shoe. Its much more breathable than the GTX Version.
very comfortable, and they have held up well (durable).
light, well ventilated, good fit
cable-lacing system works, but is gimicky and doesn't really provide much of a benefit over traditional laces. sole/lug pattern is very shallow and provides only mediocre traction. under heel the shoe is padded and protected from below. but under forefoot and front foot the shoe is very thin and offers almost no protection from objects you might step on. Why just the heel?
I've relegated these to around-town and now use Montrail Mountain Masochists for real trail running
and I'm experimenting with Vibram KSO Trek Sports. If you are going to give up on protection from below, you might as well go all the way.