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Tighten the Salomon Men’s XA Pro 3D Ultra Trail Running Shoes for your sprint-length or multi-day adventure race. Seam-sealed waterproof breathable Gore-Tex XCR membranes keep your feet dry and fresh, while triple-density EVA midsoles absorb and disperse impact, which reduces jarring throughout your body.

  • 3D Advanced Chassis between the midsole and outsole maximizes energy control and push-through performance
  • Quicklace system tightens with a single pull
  • Sensifit upper construction connects to the lace-points for a secure, wrapped fit
  • Energy Cell midsole enhancement controls pronation
  • Gusseted tongue won’t pinch or bunch
  • Rubber toe cap protects your toes from rocks and roots
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Best Trail Shoe

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

ive been running on the trail for 17 years and this is my favorite ive ever had. I think I have bought 4 pairs in a row. this is a great shoe toe to heel. it has great traction on dry hard and loose dirt, mud, dry and wet rock, and snow. the gortex xcr bootie is great and as long as I don't step in water that spills over the top of the shoe, my feet stay perfectly dry. the footbed is flexible and allows you to feel the ground while providing good support. the lace system is quick and easy, it tightens evenly, and the lace storage in the tongue is great and provides a clean look.

I also use these for warm weather backpacking and they are great for that. My pack weighs up to 40lb.

the material can be a bit noisy at first but quiets down after a bit

Sweet shoes bro!

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

Having owned numerous trail running/hiking shoes, I find these Salomon's to be the best by far! They are super comfortable, waterproof/water resistant, have great tread/traction, etc. I've probably hiked several hundred miles in these throughout the Rockies and they seem to wear very well even over time. I would definitely recommend! Having hiked in the rain & snow, they've kept my feet warm and dry! These are for sure my go-to trail running/hiking shoes!

Can it get much better ? Maybe.

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

So I bought this pair of shoes about a year ago, and most defiantly fell in love with them. From the easy slip and draw of the laces to the rugged fit and feel, to the darn right down and dirty waterproof capabilities of this shoe. The shoe fit perfect I wear a 11.5 and no joke it was a 11.5 when I got it, it is a little bit wider of a shoe but other than that nothing to gripe about. Wear and tear. I have used these for just about everything honestly winter long distance running to just chilling in the airport terminal. The wear and tear of these shoes will be and can only be based off of the user I have put mine through the ringer and still are. The shoe will hold up but when hiking or doing some serious running they will of course start to break down. My pair broke down after about 6 months hard time, and by that I mean the hot spots of the shoe i.e. the points where the laces rub, the heel, and the souls. The lacing seemed to just rope burn the out side of the shoe leaving small holes that to began to fray and catch twigs on the occasional trek, however though some shoe goo did the fix. The next spot was the inside of the heel, due to bad habits slipping into these shoes did not help but also just every day use and long hours broke it down fraying occurred which lead to a larger hole. The souls were the final small issue after beating the hell out of this pair the damage is very apparent when propping your feet up the back heel wore out the quickest due to rolling my feet but even then the soul just seemed like it was disappearing to quick. In the end the shoe is great I love the simplicity of it, it offers that athletic edge but also offers the casual hey im here to get a beer and chill with some friends vibe. So if you buy this shoe I would be willing to say its money very well spent.

Can it get much better ? Maybe.

Love the Camo pattern

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

Being invisible is nice sometimes. These shoes last me about one year of everyday wear. They are comfortable and keep my feet dry. I am on my 6th or 7th pair over the same number of years and will continue to to buy once a year as long as the quality stays the same high level.

Great shoes in the snow

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 13

Keep feet dry, grip is not the best on the snow but I believe that's not what the shoes are originally for. Overall good and true to size. Comfy shoes!

Feet are dry, but grip and fit are so-so

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

I got these for winter trail running and summer day hiking, climbing Mt. Monadnock and a few of the easier Whites. The Gore-Tex is great--my feet are always dry. As for size, these shoes were narrow for me, and I have average width feet. Sizing is weird..the shoe is longer than it should be; they took a while to break in. I also used blue superfeet in place of the thin and unsupportive Salomon insole. On a dirt and root trail, these do very well. You can get away with hiking in them (it's not their stated purpose)--but they don't grip well on granite, wet or dry (I have bruises to prove it), and the small tread lugs wear away pretty fast if used on harder surfaces like pavement or rock. After a year of use, my Salomons have little tread left and are good mostly for mowing the lawn in. Because of fit, high price, and tread issues, I would not buy them again.

I'm hooked

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This has been my everyday shoe for the past couple of years. I get a new pair ever 6-8 months because the sole wears out and they start to smell. They offer a really good platform to stand on when you have to change into ski boots or bike shoes at the trailhead.

Great shoe! Great traction

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

Bought these for a trail running/ hiking shoe. They are a great fit and after about a week and 6-7 miles they broke in and are very comfortable. They look nice enough to wear out on the town and they are great on soft Clay and loose rock, also do a great job of keeping my feet dry.

Highly recommend !

Great Appearance, But Odd Sizing

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

A great running shoe, trail shoe or boot may need breaking in while some are just plain out of the box excellent. I've also found what doesn't work for me and this shoe doesn't. While all reviews are subjective, the foot bed felt too narrow, the toe box a bit too long and those problems won't resolve themselves over time.

Love these shoes

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

I bought a pair of these a year ago and have put in over 1 million steps in them. So comfortable that I wear them everyday in addition to hiking in them. Ive never had a blister or anything except extreme comfort for my feet.

I wasn't sure how I would like the quick lace system, but It has become a favorite of mine. I am still able to get the snug fit I need where I need it.

Love the gore-tex rainproofing. They still look great and almost like new.

Quality decreasing sharply

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

This used to be my favourite shoe for running on soft terrain (woods...). Not anymore. This shoe is not he same it used to be 5 or 6 years ago. My first pair lasted for 4 years, gave me no blisters, was very comfortable and gave me great stability. It was never the best shoe for running on hard terrain, because cushoning was never good, a bit on the thin side. New pair gave me constant blisters on the heel, heel was slipping out and after a few months inner fabric on the heel was already torn. In a year you get to the plastic on the heel. The sole also almost dissapeared in a year. Not buying them again. They are still very stabile and lacing system is great, however quality is not hte same anymore.

Had a similar problem, Janko. I'm on my third pair and never had any issues in the past. The most-recent pair I bought in 2012 were sized larger than previous two. Over time I found I'd get constant rubbing and pressure on my achilles tendon above the heel. I usually didn't notice until taking my socks off after consecutive high-mile days, but after a recent trek across the Grand Canyon, I got massive swelling, painful lumps and thickened skin. The heel fabric is totally worn out while my previous pairs didn't have any such issues. Their ruggedness allowed me to trek everywhere from Peru to Nepal in a variety of conditions, but now I'm back on the hunt for a go-to burly/lightish shoe.

Busted eyelet

So this happened the other day - the fabric eyeley broke. Per my review, I have had them for 28 months; this shouldn't be happening...along with the other issues outlined. Yeah, they are comfortable as hell right out of the box, but this is ridiculus - too many points of failure.

Busted eyelet

Best shoes I have ever owned!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Im not going to lie I am a boot guy. However a pair of boots in 80-90 degree summer weather is not the best thing. I like these shoes because when I wear them I feel like I'm getting the same comfort/protection that a pair of boots gives me. And when I say these shoes are comfortable I mean it! I plan on using these as my casual shoe for when the weather gets hot this Summer. Im also planning on bringing these out west with me in July. Over all quality is incredible and I would not have gotten these if they weren't on sale here:) I am proud to say I am now a Salomon fan!

Good shoe, not great; 3.8765 stars

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

I bought a pair of these about 28 months ago, and they have been good shoes. Pricey as hell, but good, not great. Granted, I have worn them almost daily for the occasional trail run, hike, and general go-to athletic shoe. The lacing system is solid & convenient and has shown very little wear,with no give. They are still waterproof with no cracking where the soles meet the uppers, but there is quite a bit of wear at the point where the heel/achilles tendon meet the shoe. The ankles are fraying big time, and I can see that being a big problem soon. There are also some micro-cracks in the material just past the arch towards the toe box. Again, no leaks, but I can see issues coming from different areas of the shoe. The tread is highly worn, as well. I would give it four stars, but for the kind of money I spent I can't. I wish there were fractions - it's really a 3.8 - 3.9 shoe. But alas....

Not the same shoe

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

I had a previous pair of Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX (what a mouthful that is!) shoes. They were the best trail running shoes ever. When they went on sale, I decided to buy another pair. They are not the same shoe. The bed is much narrower - a claim made about other Salomon shoes as well - and just feel tight. Backcountry should inform buyers of these kind of changes made by the manufacturer before transacting the order.

Get these over Synapse WP

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

I am ordering another pair of these after trying the Synapse WP. I have had these for almost 2 years and they are great. Look forward to another pair. I have hiked all over Colo and UT with this with numerous 10 + mile hikes in them.... Amazing shoes.

Great trail shoe

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

Planning on using on future Appalachian Trail hike. I went size up for the hike because of feet swelling on the long hike. Shoes are light and waterproof. Couldn't ask for a better shoe!

I am 300 lbs and just starting to work...

I am 300 lbs and just starting to work out. Would these shoes be good for me on cement ground? And will they stay together? CL

Hey Carl,



Its better to use road shoes on trail rather than the other way around. Trail shoes typically have a softer more tacky rubber for better traction on trail and if you bring them onto cement or pavement then you are going to wear the soles out rather quickly.



Might I suggest a pair of Hoka One One's that will really help get you up to speed by providing the right amount of support and cushioning while the rockered midsole guides your stride and helps you develop a more natural gait.



www.backcountry.com/hoka-one-one-rapa-nui-2-tarmac-running-shoe-mens?ti=UExQIENhdDpNZW5cJ3MgUnVubmluZyBTaG9lczoxOjU6YmNzQ2F0NDExMDAwMzU

I'm a 12.5, depending on brand I either...

I'm a 12.5, depending on brand I either buy size 12 or 13's. Should I size up or down in this shoe?

Not a question about this shoe, but a...

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)

Best Answer

Can't speak for ski boots but I have Salomon snowboard boots, hiking boots, and various running shoes and they all ft amazing. I just sold a few family members on their ski boots and they are obsessed. They are very consistent from one form of footwear to another from my experience.

I want to buy this shoes for running on...

I want to buy this shoes for running on the street, even though it is durable to run on trails?

I'm just a novice runner.I've ran two half...

I'm just a novice runner.I've ran two half marathons and a hundred 5ks and 10ks, but I think my calling are trail runs. The problem I have is that the first trail run I ran, I rolled my ankle. What type of Salomon trail runner offers the most support?

What's the difference between the 3D Ultras...

What's the difference between the 3D Ultras and the XT Wings? I have the XT Wings, but recently bought a pair of the XA 3D Ultra 2's. They are 1oz heavier than the "Wings." I'm wondering why..what's different about them?

I have had both xt wings and 3d gtx and the main diff to me is the xt wings are more narrow in the toe and are more geared for running. The heal on the wings are great for uphill runningor uphill walking. The 3d gtx are more of an everyday hiking shoe in my opinion and are more comfortable for everyday use. But they both are well built shoes.

Hey guys, can you use this shoe on asphalt...

Hey guys, can you use this shoe on asphalt and the trail for running? I do both and need a good shoe to accomplish both.

You definitely could if you wanted to. The lugs on the Contagrip sole aren't very big, and this model has good pronation control for road running too. You might also check out anything from Salomon's XR collection. They are specifically meant for road and trail crossover running.

I'm on my 3rd pair of these shoes and I really like them. However, they have one fatal flaw. The tread wears out super fast. I'd say if you run on pavement they will not last very long. Mine are worn down after about 150 trail only miles.

I currently use a supinator Nike road...

I currently use a supinator Nike road running shoe (which has totally eradicated my shin splints) - therefore extra support in important for me. Is this the best Saloman trail shoe for me? If not what would be?

Thanks
Rya

My feet are a bit wide, about a D. Do these...

My feet are a bit wide, about a D. Do these shoes tend to be either wider or narrower

Best Answer

Hey Paul, the XA's tend to run a bit narrow.
Although, Salomon did come out with a wide version of the XA, it is called the XA M+.
Check it out!
http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-xa-pro-3d-ultra-2-m-trail-running-shoe-mens

The lace on my right shoe broke in half...

The lace on my right shoe broke in half in the process of putting the shoe on this morning. What lace repair kit do I purchase?