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Plenty of support over a lightweight frame.

For those about to pound out a challenging short- to middle-distance training run, The Salomon Men's XR Mission Trail Running Shoe is begging to come along for the ride. Featuring a stretchy, highly breathable mesh upper and Salomon's unique Quicklace system, this trainer delivers a custom-like fit from mile one to infinity. A set semi-rigid OS Tendon bars set into the length of the sole encourage efficient and powerful foot roll, while multi-density sole materials maximize traction on just about any surface that you encounter.
  • Sensiflex construction creates a secure lateral hold on your foot inside the shoe while also stretching to adapt to the width of your forefoot
  • Contagrip LT uses lightweight sole materials to offer superior forefoot grip and traction
  • Contagrip HA uses more abrasion-resistant sole material to offer increased support and durability
  • Two semi-rigid bars run from the mid-foot to forefoot to create the OS Tendon structure, which improves heel-to-toe roll through your foot strike
  • Ortholite sockliner combines moisture-wicking fabric with an EVA heel cup to provide support, control, and keep your feet cool
  • Quicklace lacing provides even, one-pull tightening down the length of your shoe and won't loosen or come undone mid-stride

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5 5

Mission's Great, but run small v. Salomo

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

I love Salomon & have owned countless pairs & styles. Comfort is amazing. The XR Mission I received (2013 mod) ran 1/2 size smaller than other models such as Ultra II 3D, X Ultra, X Ultra WP, XT Wings, etc.

Also, the gore-tex models are better for winter/fall/cold because the laminate keeps heat in a bit. If you're in the heat, not ideal, go for standard not "GTX" or "WP" waterproof models

5 5

Great fit and built well for the job

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

I found these to fit well and run true to size. There's a little more room in the toe box than with some other shoes which works great for me. I don't run long distances, but these shoes are excellent for the mix of trails and paved surfaces on some of my favorite running loops. The quicklace system is easy to work with and holds its adjustment securely. There are likely better trail specific shoes out there, but for a shoe that doubles well on the road too, the XR Mission does the job well for me.

4 5

I LIKE THEM

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

These were one of the first trail running shoes I've purchased, and I'm glad I went with these, especially with the lack of research I did on other shoes. They run a little bit bigger than your normal size, so I would size a half size down if you're looking into these shoes. It also has a little arch to it at the mid-shoe and a bit narrower in that area as well.

I've used these in almost all conditions one could possible use them in, and my opinion on the contra-grip is they're ok. Nothing superb about them, but they seem to function as it should. Very comfy, even out of the box, the sole takes a little bit of breaking in, but other than that no major complaints about these guys.

Does this shoe have a wide toe box?

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Does this shoe have a wide toe box?

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Not as wide as many minimalist trail shoes you will find these days, but it is wider than traditional trail shoes. Salomon also utilizes their Sensiflex construction to provide a comfortable fit for multiple forefoot widths.

In the men's sizing what would be a women's...

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In the men's sizing what would be a women's size....?

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My usual standard is to go down 1.5 size in men's to find the appropriate women's size. However, in this case Salomon recommends going down only one size in their men's line to find the women's. Hence if you are a women's 8, you would want to order a men's 7.

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Molly,

Normally, my size 9 women's feet feel best in a size 8 men's. Usually, this translates to a bit wider of a shoe, which feels good for me. I do find, though, Salomon runs very narrow.

3 5

Mediocre quality but good fitting shoe

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

I'd like to say that I really, really want to like these shoes...I keep trying to convince myself...but they fall short. First off they are a great fit (I wear an 11 and they are true to size), especially if you have feet that run a little narrow. The insoles are a little on the junk side and I need to replace mine...if you wear them all day and stand a lot on your feet--they can start to hurt. I have had them for 4 months and wear them as my everyday shoe and they are fine but nothing special. The main bad aspect is the sole! Vibram would be a better bet, but Salomon's "contragrip" is terrible...their moniker is a poor choice because they grip very little and slip easily and the sole seems to be made out of inferior rubber because in just a few months of normal wear the tread glue is gone and the sole is peeling apart at multiple points (I have had to re-glue them). What ever happened to actually using stitches on shoes to hold stuff together!!! Glue only holds up to so much wear and tear.

Pros:
great ventilation
look awesome (black/light onyx/organic green)
nice fit and decent comfort
price

Cons:
contragrip slips and wears quickly
tread design is poor and glue fails on sole
a little too narrow at mid-shoe
lacing system slips (looks cool and is a good idea, but you may as well leave your laces loose because they won't stay tight and if they do the eyelets wear easily)

5 5

Fits well

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

It seems that Solomon put thought into the fit of this shoe. It fits very well. Though narrow through the middle, which is unnoticeable. I've put on a lot of shoes and the sole seems not to match the bottom of my foot, but the Mission Trail Running Shoe really fits well and is comfortable. There are some glue overruns on the sole of the shoe.

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I work in the BC ECDC and walk constantly at work and after a few months, I've noticed the heal is wearing out on the inside, but I still like the shoe and many other shoes would have already fallen apart by now. Great shoe! I will be buying this brand again!

5 5

My Son Loves this shoe!!!

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

Purchased for my 13yr. old son who has flat feet. He removed the footbed to install his custom 3/4 inserts. He loves them! He also noted that the toe box is roomy and liked the extra room.

3 5

Decent cheap trail shoes

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

When you're only spending $75 on a pair of trail shoes, some sacrifices must be made. Grip is not as good in the forefoot, probably due to the contragrip material, and the lugs are not very large if you can even call them that. But sizing is pretty good, shoes comfortable, with some extra bounce. They make an awesome gym shoe.

4 5

So far... So good!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought a pair of these because I found a deal and I have friends that rave about Salomon. Decided to give them a try and was really worried that I made an achy breaky big mistakey! Arch pain in them all day worn casual and I thought I was going to return them. Decided to give them a couple days and they are one of my favorite shoes now. Not sure what issue was worked out, but there was a really hot spot in my arch. Now one of my go to shoes.

Several Months later I now own 3 pairs and love them. I did size up on the last pair 1/2 a size and have enjoyed a little more room. I love that my feet feel good in them ALL day. No aches or pains even when I have been on them for 8+ hours in the day. The support is amazing!

after just two year's .................

after just two year's .................

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i'm sorry to show you what happened to my solomon's shoes after only 2 years.
i must to say that i realy enjoied them, but for the hight price that i payd the time that the shoes hold was realy short.

5 5

New runner...

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

I've just started running on a consistent basis, and wanted a durable shoe for on and off road. I was intitally worried that the shoes would run narrow based on some reviews, but they fit my somewhat wide feet very well. The heel and and arch are snug, but very comfortable, while the fore foot and toe box area roomier than I had come to expect from running shoes. It doesn't feel like my foot is loose in the shoe...one reviewer said the shoe gives your toes room to "splay" and that sounds right to me. Heel to toe roll feels great and the cushioning is fantastic for a heel striker. It's not the lightest shoe I've ever seen, but it is lighter than I thought it would be. The lacing system is wonderful. I really can't find anything to gripe about. I wish I could, because I think that makes for a more helpful review...but whatcha gonna do? I'm down 25 lbs since I started running two months ago...so they work great for me.

3 5

Toe box was ginormous.

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

I love Solomon products and swear by my SpeedCross 3's, but these were not for me. The fit was perfect from front to back, but the toe box was way too tall and did not feel secure. I tried cinching them down, but after one run I thought the speed lace system was going to cut into my arch. Interestingly enough the width seemed fine in the forefoot section, but the heel was a bit narrow. I'm sending them back, though I would still recommend them so long as they fit. They look great and are pretty lightweight.

1 5

Too Narrow

I have had several pairs of Techamphibian and loved them. I bought this shoe based on my love of those. Too bad, as almost everyone warned the shoe is too narrow and I can barely walk to end of the street without needing to take them off. I will not go through hassle of return but shoe is pretty bad. I bought them for Tough Mudder and decided to wear old asics instead. I think I may replace insole with asics to see if that helps. A lot of need feature, but if your feet hurt within the first mile that gets 1-star. Sorry Solomon. Love the laces though.

4 5

Husband Likes Them

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Got these for the hubs for Christmas, he's only used them a few times but so far he's liking them. He sized up half a size and he said they fit well.

4 5

Good lightweight TR Shoe

Light weight, breathable, good grip. Shoe fits a wider foot well, as it had a good wide base. lacks some in the arch support, but provides good cushioning without over doing it.

4 5

If you like a chunky trail shoe...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I loved the fit of these shoes... snug in the heel, wide forefoot, huge arch support. But, I found the 20-10 heel drop excessive ? more so that shoes with similar specs. When I ran in them it sort of always felt like I had a huge chunk of mud stuck to the bottom of my foot. Just thick and bulky. Oh well, they look awesome in my unprofessional opinion.

3 5

hotspots

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these have a super high arch, which fits my feet well. 90% of the time I love these shoes, the other 10% I hate them. The have the tendency to create really bad hot spots and blisters on my instep. I know several other XR Mission owners with the same issue. Blister's occurred on runs over 10miles. All in all I love the support of this shoe. Oh on a side note the rubber on this shoe is much more slick than other salomon trail shoes, I do a lot of scrambling in my runs and these were kinda scary.

1 5

broken lace first real run

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Okay I break these in on a few short runs and like em just fine. The third run is a long mountain run and the lace breaks. WTF Salomon. second time this has happened bit the first time the shoe was at its end of its life. But this time the shoe had about 15 miles on it.

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