OWNER REVIEW- Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
- Owner Review Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoes
Friday, December 21, 2007
Name: Chris Salamasick
Height: 1.88 m (6 2)
Weight: 76 kg (167 lb)
City: Chicago, Illinois, USA
I have been hiking for about 1.5 years, and trail
running and mountain biking for about 6 years. I
predominantly run on a regular basis (usually 6-20
miles), and cross country ski. Most of my activities
tend to be solo, and tend to be shorter trips (1-5
I generally carry a lightweight pack of about 15 kg.
(33 lbs.) for hiking, or a small pack for trail runs
(water and food). On the majority of runs (under 15
miles), I only carry a water belt.
Manufacturer's URL: www.salomonsports.com
Year of manufacturer: 2005
Weight: 383 g (13.5 oz.) per shoe, based on size 9
Year of Purchase: 2005
Model: XA Pro 3D
The XA Pro 3D is considered a lightweight
trail-running shoe. The shoe fits true to size in the
size 13. It also comes in a pewter/blue and
pewter/black color, as well as another version with
The sole of the shoe is made of Salomons contragrip
rubber, which seems slightly softer with more grip
than some other brands. The Ortholite insoles provide
plenty of additional cushioning to the shoe. It also
uses a nylon plate in its 3D Advanced Chassis support
system. The shoe features mesh uppers, and toe and
heel caps for protection again debris.
One of the most notable features of the shoe is its
Kevlar Quickfit lacing system, which tightens with a
simple pinch and pull of the lacing system. It
secures the foot very well without slippage, and seems
to give more lateral support than traditional lacing
I have used these shoes in a wide variety of
locations, such as rough hiking terrain, sand dunes,
and icy roads and sidewalks. I have typically used
them for runs up to 15 miles long, and also for day
walks through cities. Given that I am on my third
pair, I have likely put 500+ miles of running and
walking into this pair.
On the trail, these shoes are very light but still
provide all of the support and traction that I need.
The sole is plenty stiff to handle rocks and roots.
In rainy and wet conditions, I find my feet getting
fairly wet, and would therefore strongly consider the
gore-tex version in the future. The other issue I
have found with the breathable mesh is that when
running or hiking in sand dunes, the shoes quickly
fill up with sand.
I have found the contragrip soles to give exceptional
traction in wet and icy conditions. The soles wear
fairly slowly given the softness of the sole, and
there is still tread left on mine after many miles. I
have found that I like to use these rather than
regular running shoes after a snow or ice storm
because of the superior traction, as well as the
support on my ankles.
In terms of wear, the major issue I have found is in
the inner heel area of the shoe. The XA Pro 3D uses a
hard nylon/plastic material to provide ankle and heel
support. Over time, the inner material has worn
through to the plastic. This has exposed the plastic,
which digs into the heel and quickly creates blisters.
Another area of noted wear is on the mesh on the top
of the toe box. Each corner wear the shoe flexes with
each step is beginning to tear open slightly, which
may be expected with the extensive usage.
I have also broken the laces on one of the three pairs
I own. When this happens, Salomon will send you free
new laces to replace the old ones. I found that
replacing them was slightly more time consuming than I
would have liked, but it solves the problem.
Over time, I have started using these for everyday
wear and walking (rather than running, as I try to
replace my running shoes with wear). I really like
wearing these versus other shoes, as they provide my
ankles with great support if Im on rough terrain, and
great overall support for long walks.
Things I have liked
The quick lace system- although I broke a set, I
think these laces are far superior to traditional
lacing systems, and really do help with foot and ankle
Contragrip soles- These have proven to give me good
traction in all conditions, and have lasted fairly
Lightweight cushioning- These provide me with a good
level of cushioning for very little weight that I feel
is fine tuned for trail runs.
Things I have disliked
The durability of the inner-material in the shoe- I
have worn through the heel area, exposing the
plastic/nylon heel support.
Odor issues- The shoe seems to hold odor more than I
have with some other running shoes, or my hiking
boots. I think improvements could be made here.
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***Ipredominantly run on a regular basis (usually 6-20 miles)
EDIT: you need metric conversion numbers for all weight and
***I generally carry a lightweight pack of about 15 kg. (33 lbs.) for
EDIT: no periods after the unit abbreviations; 15 kg (33 lb)
***On the majority of runs (under 15 miles), I only carry a water
EDIT: metric conversion please
***Weight: 383 g (13.5 oz.) per shoe, based on size 9
EDIT: is this your measured weight? I see that the listed weight is
395 g which needs to be here also.
EDIT: I see no MSRP on the site. If it is not from Salomon it should
just be shown as N/A
***It also comes in a pewter/blue and pewter/black color, as well as
another version with gore-tex.
EDIT: GORE-TEX is how they spell it. Please check for all instances.
***The sole of the shoe is made of Salomon's contragrip rubber
EDIT: as it is a trademarked name it needs to be spelled the way they
have it, Contrgrip, please check for all instances, and I would
suggest saying "material" instead of rubber as I do not think it is
that. Salomon does not say it any ways.
EDIT: as you are reviewing these shoes, not testing them, can you
change this to Field Locations or Use Locations please?
Also you need to give some idea of where you have used them along
with some field data as far as terrain/trail types, weather
conditions, temps, elevations etc.
If you look at the examples you will see that the reviews have
sections for the product description, the field data, and the actual
review of the product.
***I have likely put 500+ miles of running and walking into this pair.
EDIT: metric conversion needed
Comment: that is some awesome wear.
***The soles wear fairly slowly given the softness of the sole, and
there is still tread left on mine after many miles.
EDIT: after many miles/kilometers