The Salomon Company was born in the French Alps and has been creating high-performance sporting equipment, wear and shoes for more than 60 years. Throughout its life it has maintained a huge following in Europe, and because of the quality of its products its popularity is increasing through the United States, as well.
The Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX, with a mid-to-heigh price tag, was designed and marketed as a trail running shoe but is one of Salomon’s most versatile options. Because it is lightweight and less bulky, but still very durable, it fits the criteria for an all-in-one trail, hiking and running shoe. The design is cushioned, waterproof, rugged, and supportive without adding a ton of extra weight and bulk. This lightweight shoe can live up to any outdoor activity.
Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX Upper
As mentioned above, though this shoe was created for trail running, its lightweight design (1.72lbs) doesn’t add much weight to your body, thus, making this shoe desirable for the realm of outdoor sports including hiking, trail running, climbing and general activity. Its rugged upper material makes it burly and able to withstand quite the beating.
Like many of Salomon’s shoes, the XA Pro’s upper includes a “gusseted” tongue. The tongue connects to the upper and keeps debris out of your shoe while on your hike or ride. Its also includes a speed-lace system for an easy on and off. The shoe’s upper offers a ton of support and also contains Gore-Tex, EVA and OrthoLite technologies.
The synthetic mesh upper offers protection and breathability while being incredibly lightweight. Its waterproof Gore-Tex “inner booties” offers premium protection while romping through rain, puddles or mud. Caution! Try to avoid getting water in the shoes because their inner line takes a significant amount of time to dry. The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX also implements a 10mm heel-to-drop.
There has been mention of a slightly rigid heel cup, which puts pressure around the Achilles, however, it is easily broken in after a few uses. The collar height and sole stiffness have been adjusted since the last version. The 3D chassis goes around the back of the shoe, adding cushioning, stability and support.
The fit has the tendency to run slightly larger than a true fit, but depending on what the shoe is uses for (running or hiking) the extra space may be a great addition. As always, we suggest trying them on before purchasing.
Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX Sole
The midsole is composed of the duial density EVA that offers more cushioning, a better rebound and protection from rocks and other hard objects. The EVA also provides stability for runners and hikers that struggle with excessive pronation. The sole on the heel is wider than the upper shoe, which also assists with stability. It also has rubber that runs up to the toe. This feature protects the runner’s foot and the shoe from wearing too quickly, thus, prolonging its life and increasing durability.
Because of its stickiness, the non marking Contagrip rubber outsoles make triumphing over steep inclines, rocks and other rubble a cinch. The Contragrip sole is also covered by short, rectangular lugs, which deliver the ultimate performance in traction. Though, the lugs are solid, their short lengths keeps them from biting into the ground like other patterns.
If you are seeking a shoe that will work for your trail run or your next hiking session, the The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is the way to go. It’s durability and versatility makes it a great choice for anyone with a love of the outdoors.