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The high-tech, performance-oriented Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D Ultra CS WP Trail Running Shoe has a long name but a longer list of features. A 3D Advanced Chassis provides foot-propelling, rebounding energy and added cushioning and traction; the breathable, flexible waterproof membrane keeps foot dry; molded, shaped EVA footbed lends durable support; and the tenacious Contragrip sole sticks to mountainous terrain. A Sensifit upper keeps all this wrapped up in a foot-hugging package for optimal, comfortable efficiency.

  • Climashield waterproof membrane lining provides ultra-breathable, flexible, and lightweight protection against wet conditions
  • Foot-wrapping Sensifit upper delivers a precise, efficient fit
  • Gusseted tongue keeps out debris for particle-free comfort
  • Asymmetrical Quicklace system lets you fine-tune your fit, and the lace pocket keeps everything neat and tidy for trip-free fun
  • Ortholite sockliner provides extra cushion and maximum comfort
  • Molded EVA shaped footbed provides enduring support to lessen fatigue
  • Compressed, molded, dual-density EVA midsole provides extra stability and more comfort for your backcountry endeavors
  • Pronation control stabilizes runners with a normal arch
  • High-tech 3D Advanced chassis features forefoot propulsion, Energy Cell 2 rebound, extra cushioning, and all-mountain traction
  • Protective rubber toe cap prevents painful toe-stubbing
  • Mud guard reduces mucky build-up
  • Durable, non-marking Contragrip outsole uses a combination of rubber compounds to provide you with optimal grip on varied surfaces
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My go-to shoe for everything! UPDATED

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

UPDATE: 5 star- This XA 3D line treated me so good, after completely wearing down the green pair I owned, I immediately when and bought the same show (except they updated colors) I wanted green again, but ended up with a blackish style.

This shoe has held up pretty well for every condition. Most my activities include some kind of water exercise in a river or lake to cross, swim, or just cool off. These Salomon shoes seem to take it well, dry out well, and look brand new after you do it. The outside skin is tough which prevents sharp river rocks from becoming painful and once you ditch your shoe laces, you don't ever want to go back.

Only things that keep it from a five star are as follows-

-Feet seem to sweat initially getting used to the waterproof skins. Cotton socks will be soaked.

-Lace/wire tongue stash spot may need to be re-enforced with thread. I had to add stitching.

-Tread will wear quickly if running on asphalt type surfaces. (stick to the dirt/mud!)

Next pair will be the newer model once I wear these out.

My go-to shoe for everything! UPDATED

Trail run. Climb a chute. Whatever...

Here's a shot of the <inhales deeply ala Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura...> SalomonXAPro3DUltraCSWPTrailRunningShoe <PPHHHUUuuuuuuuu...) chilling out after having been employed to first run up to 14k feet then climb a steep and icy chute in the Sierra Nevada. Note the oldschool white laces. Yes. I cut the other ones off because I don't like them.

Good shoes, comfortable, waterproofing works great (and seems to be at least somewhat breathable) and the sole is reasonably grippy even when wet and crazy grippy when dry.

I used to have a pair the older versions. They were called...something equally-long and counter-intuitive. I think they were the precursor to this shoe and honestly, I like the old ones better. Why? One word;

"Heel-wedge flare (and they were more comfortable)."

One of the reasons I spend 150 bucks on a pair of shoes is because I want to multi-purpose them.

I'll run in them, approach climbs in them, climb low-5 in them, carry heavy packs in all kinds of weather up-to-and-including 30ish degrees. I even put crampons on my last pair and kicked steps up a coolie. That's the job of like...5 shoes. But who wants to buy 5 shoes? The flare of the heel wedge in the old version was a huge deal for me because it allowed for lots of that stuff without also allowing for multiple ankle-rolls per outing. Salomon is on a kick of reducing things i love about their shoes and adding verbosity and acronyms to the names of them...


Anyway. That said, this shoe is still nice. It just feels slightly less well-made, has a couple of weird pressure points (that never seem to evolve into full blown blisters even after a 20 miles day), slips a bit at the heel (even before i removed their lacing system, my laces have improved upon it...) and the toe feels a bit...boxy. My last pair had pointier toes, more surgical, less clunky.

Good shoe...not as great as the last pair I had.

4 Stars.

Trail run. Climb a chute. Whatever...

Agreed. This pic is great. This is my GO TO shoe for everything. I have only experienced little stitching issues for the wire tuck spot which I re-enforced myself. (very crude needles and thread activity.) But works! They have been through every condition with me. Saltwater, rain, snow, river, mnt...

No complaints, just satisfaction

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

I am not sure why people don't love these shoes. I have owned a few pairs of Salomon shoes and love them. These are waterproof, great bottom sole traction, comfortable, easy on and off. They ROCK!

two thumbs up

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

This is my 3rd pair, each one has lasted me about 9 mouth, and thats with me wearing them almost everyday. the Climashield waterproof membrane is waterproof for the most part. i wear these shoes almost everyday for work and play and they last about a year with all that use

easy to wear, has pull cord for easy tie with a mesh pouch to hold zip cord

Agree with the heel slip.

    I like them because they're easy to slip on and off. I mostly use them for yard work around the house and walking the dog. The heel cup is so loose around my heels especially the left heel that they move around laterally as well as up and down when the laces are tightened.

    How is the Climashield waterproof membrane...

    How is the Climashield waterproof membrane compared to Gore-tex version?

    Best Answer

    Functionally you should not notice a difference between a Climashield membrane and a Gore-tex one. Some companies have been using other membranes because its simply a cheaper option and this allows the savings to be passed along to the customer. Gore-tex stands behind their product 100% and will often replace the product no questions asked if it fails, its a great warranty but it drives up the cost. Also, Gore-tex puts a lot of manufacturing requirements on products that sometimes the manufacturer doesn't agree with which can again drive up the cost.

    Honestly, Gore-tex is a great company and puts out an excellent product, but that doesn't mean that there are cheaper options that will get the job done.