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I run the local trails here in MN a few times a week and these have yet to let me down. They have great ankle support despite being a shoe (as opposed to high top/boot) and the traction has been terrific even on loose dirt. Sadly they are out of stock, but if they come back, don't hesitate to buy. From my experience they fit pretty true to size, perhaps SLIGHTLY narrow but not bad. Enjoy!
I have size 13 and a pretty narrow foot. I have short Achilles tendon and flat feet. my orthotics fit perfectly and the shoe fits great on my foot and is very comfortable. I am standing all day in them and hiking in them alot and they have been marvelous! wish i would have gotten some water proof hiking boots for my trip to yosemite though.
XT HAWKS; "LOVE THE COMFORT"
My second pair of Salomon's and very pleased with cusioning,weight,and overall performance.Fairly deep heel pocket which seems to lock my foot in for a perfect fit,really liteweight,which is awesome compared to other trail shoes I've owned.Wish more were available @ this price in big sizes,I'd snag another pair.Love my XT HAWKS,THANKS B/C.
Autobahn/ Black Salomon
These shoes are awesome. Great support and cushioning. I've only used them on the trail but they grip well and clean up easily after the runs. The easy lace up is a bonus.
What colors are available? The selection...
What colors are available? The selection drop down menu lists Autobahn/Black and Absolute Brown/Mid Brown. The pictures show bright orange?
The red/gray shown above from backcountry is the Autobahn/Black. The orange/black Kretzky posted is actually the Black/Clemantine/Autobahn
So far, mostly good
Like the look, feel, features, and craftsmanship. Initial use on the trail lives up to its billing -- stable, light, and good traction. There's a lot of slippery clay here in Guam, but these shoes are handling it better than anything else I've tried.
Only complaint is that the toe-box is a bit big for my foot. My foot size is pretty standard, so this was a bit of a disappointment.
The jury is still out on durability. The rocks and coral here usually rip up shoes in less than 20 outings. Two mild tests so far, and still good to go.
The Salomon Hawk seems like a good shoe, but it is too narrow for my just a bit wider than average foot. And, I don't care for the Salomon lacing system - it doesn't permit you to adjust the tightness in different places of the shoe. However, the shoe seems to have a grippy tread and good structure. It's also light weight for a trainer. Overall, it's probably a good shoe, but it just doesn't fit my foot.
These shoes are my third pair of Salomons. I like them more then any other pair I have had. The size is perfect and they feel amazing. The Hawks have a great arch that you can really feel and are also exceedingly breathable. They are also exceptionally light and feel great for running or walking - highly recommended.
Another great shoe from Salomon
After five years of running mountain trails in Salomons, I'm still surprised by how well their shoes perform. The XT Hawk is very light and offers good ankle support, which I need because I have weak ankles. Also, the Quicklace system is still the most outstanding lace system I have come across, creating a quick and easy way for loosening and tightening the shoe. The only reason I gave this shoe four stars is because I like the Salomon Speedcross 2 better as an all around trail-runner. The Speedcross 2 gives more traction on rocky trails and has a little more support for the sole of the foot than the XT Hawk. The XT Hawk, as I saw pointed out in another review, can sometimes feel like a street-running shoe, depending on the terrain you're on. I would recommend this shoe for runners that use the same shoes for street and light trail runs. If you need something for intense mountain trails, I would recommend the Speedcross 2. For anyone debating what brand of shoe to buy, Salomon is the right choice.
How do these compare to the XA Pro 3D...
How do these compare to the XA Pro 3D Ultra? What is the difference between Salomon shoes XA series and XT serires?
I don't know what the technical differences in the XA and XT series are, but I have used a pair of Salomons from each. I think that the XT Hawks are a better pair of shoes than the XA Pro 3D Ultras. They are lighter, provide more ankle support and fit more snug around the entire foot. While I was pleased by the XA Pro's, the XT Hawk's are an all around better shoe.
I used to wear the xa pro 3d's all the time. I bought a pair of xt wings and thats all I wear. They are so much more stable, much lighter and more responsive than the xa series. I am eager to try the xt hawk.
The difference between XA and XT series is simple. XA segment can be described as the "mountain goat family": Superior protection and stability for usage on technical terrain, on and off trails. Because of the focus on these two benefits, the XA family is also less "runable". Why? Because of the added layers of protection on top and at the bottom. These layers make the shoe a little bit stiffer than the XT and a little bit heavier as well. There's nothing better on the market for mountain running where you have to alternate run and walk. Besides these prorection features, we have developed the XA with a low to the ground geometry to provide the extra stability you need when you are on an uneven terrain.
For the XT family on the other hand, we use to call them the "trail experts family". Very performing on all type of trails, lighter, more flexible they are definitely more runable. This feeling is mostly due to the extra cushioning of the bottom unit, but also to the innovative ACS (for Agile Chassis System) which provides at the same time stability and rebound effect. Comparable to a car suspension which adapts to the terrain and the speed of the vehicle. In the XT family, you'll find the XT Wings and the lighter Hawks and Whisper (women's version of the Hawks). The main differences between XT Wings and Hawks are the level of protection (more on Wings) and the stability (same comment)
Good for the Park
My favorite attribute of the shoe is how light and comfy it felt. My 8.5's weighed in at 11 oz. even. It felt like a running shoe, not a trail shoe, and as a consequence the XT Hawk offered little protection under foot on technical rocky terrain. The forefoot felt close to the ground but the heel was little more elevated than I prefer for trail running. The forefoot of the shoe feels completely disconnected from the mid to rear part of the shoe, and flexed considerably more than I am used to, giving me a blister at the flex point in the arch of both feet. The shoe felt right at home on the pavement that I used to connect to a separate section of trail and would serve someone well that needs a shoe for non-technical trails and occasional road running.
Pros: lightweight, lacing system, nice insoles, toe protection.
Cons: no protection under foot, considerable mid-sole flex.
How's the arch support on these? On par...
How's the arch support on these? On par with other Salomons?
all my salomons have pretty much the same arch support.
Good, but not great
These are pretty good shoes. I love the lacing. I love the colors, the fabric has been durable. I really like the lightweight, stable outsole with the mini-wings architecture. The only problem is the forefoot; it's too big. I have big feet, but the forefoot on these shoes is loose and lets you slide around. They toebox is the right width, and the shoes fit true to size, but the forefoot is "tall." There is a lot of room above my feet, which is really disconcerting. Everything else is great, but the weird forefoot sizing has me all thrown off.
Good, but not great.
These are pretty good shoes. I love the lacing. I love the colors, the fabric has been durable. I really like the lightweight, stable outsole with the mini-wings architecture. The only problem is the forefoot; it's too big. I have big feet, (12/13) but the forefoot on these shoes (I ordered a 13) is loose and lets you slide around. They toebox is the right width, and the shoes fit true to length, but the forefoot is "tall." There is a lot of room above my feet, which is really disconcerting. Everything else is great, but the weird forefoot sizing has me all thrown off.
Green true to color
I really like the green. They are super vibrant
The rockered heel is pretty aggresive. These things fly.