- salomon xa 3d ultra 2 Trail running shoes Reviewer Information Name: Alex Legg Age: 29 Gender: Male Height: 6 4 (1.93meters) Weight: 195 lbs EmailMessage 1 of 3 , Aug 27, 2011View Sourcesalomon xa 3d ultra 2 Trail running shoes
Name: Alex Legg
Height: 6'4" (1.93meters)
Weight: 195 lbs
Email address: alexlegg2@...
City, State, Country: Tucson, AZ, USA
Date: August 20, 2011
Backpacking Background: I grew up playing in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I have been hiking and backpacking my entire life. I currently live in Tucson, AZ during the winter months where I hike extensively in the surrounding mountain ranges. In the summertime, I go home to Colorado where I conquer as many peaks as possible. I go out in all temperatures and weather conditions. From 100 plus degree days in the desert to winter snowshoeing while in Colorado over the holidays. I explore all available elevations from the desert floor around 2000', to the 14ners of the Rockies.
Year of Manufacture: not listed on website
Listed weight: not listed on website
Weight as delivered: unknown
Quick drying breathable mesh
Protective rubber toe cap
Non marking Running Contagrip®
3D advanced chassis™
Dual density EVA
Energy Cell 2
EVA shaped footbed
The shoes come in a standard sort of shoe box, no bells or whistles. They are a lightweight, very breathable, and stable foot covering that can handle most anything except water. (They do offer a Gortex version as well.) The Salomons offer a tie free world of wonder. The laces are made of kevlar and tighten with a pull tab much like that on a stuff bag or back pack. These shoes fit me like a glove and feel as though I am not wearing anything at all at the same time. They take absolutely no time to break in and are extremely comfortable on my feet.
Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs.
Rugged Rocky Mountain Range, 14,110ft at the summit.
Warm and sunny to start, cool and snow pack near the summit.
I bought these shoes the day before my hike up my first 14ner, Pikes Peak, in my home town of Colorado Springs, CO. My hiking boots had been bothering my feet, so I needed an emergency fix to the situation. Boy did I ever find it! These shoes took zero time to break in, and you can hardly tell that they are on your feet at all. I did 26 miles with an elevation gain of 7,800ft. 13 miles up and 13 miles down. I ended the day with NO blisters whatsoever! The drawstring lacing system works wonders for an impatient climber as myself. You cannot tie a shoe as fast as you can tighten these laces. I also found that the soles of the shoes held there own on everything from slick rock to snow to gravel. Easily the best shoes I have personally ever owned.
Mt Wrightson, Tucson, AZ
Rugged climb to highest elevation near Tucson, 9,453 ft.
Monsoon weather to start the day, hot and humid in the afternoon.
This is a great climb outside of the Tucson area. 4,033 ft elevation gain in a 10.8 mile hike. My Salomon shoes again preformed outstandingly. This is a very rocky trail where footing is of the most importance. I found the gripping ability to be of high standard. These shoes fit me like a glove and manage to be incredibly stable as well. They took me on a few detours to nearby springs where they traversed across steep, wet, slick rock and up and down streams. I was able to keep them relatively dry which is good because I do not have the Gortex version. All in all a good half day hike with a great pair of shoes.
Roosevelt National Forest, Lyons, CO
Steep canyons, many elevation changes from 5,000ft to 11500ft.
Dry and hot days with a few short rain storms to ease my life.
I ran all over the national forest near my family home in my Salomon shoes. I went up and down so many mountains that I found it absolutely necessary to relish in good beer at the end of each day. The shoes destroyed the terrain wether on trail or off trail or rock hopping down the rivers. I love these shoes! Again it was as though someone wrapped my foot with a thin, lightweight outer layer giving me superb grip and amazing comfort. I must have completed at least 30 miles while I was there. I still have no real wear in the shoes except for a few scratches that are perfectly acceptable.
The Salomon XA 3D Ultra 2 trail running shoes are basically the best thing I have ever put on my feet. Super lightweight, breathable and sturdy. I couldn't ask for a better shoe. I have been wearing them exclusively for about three months now with no complaints or problems. I hike up a mountain every weekend, and I take my dogs on about a four mile walk every day through deep sand and overgrown mesquite trees in our local washes.
3. Drawstring laces are awesome
1. Not going to last like a backpacking boot.
2. After 20 miles or so, the lightweight feature becomes a burden as I can feel every rock under my foot.
3. Not waterproof.
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- PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL IN FULL. IT IS MOST IMPORTANT! Thanks for your Owner s Review. It has been added to the Owner Review Queue and will be picked up by anMessage 2 of 3 , Aug 27, 2011View SourcePLEASE READ THIS EMAIL IN FULL. IT IS MOST IMPORTANT!
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- Hello Alex, Thanks for joining the team here at BackpackGearTest.org and for submitting your first review. Your review has fallen to me to edit so I will beMessage 3 of 3 , Sep 6, 2011View SourceHello Alex,
Thanks for joining the team here at BackpackGearTest.org and for submitting your first review. Your review has fallen to me to edit so I will be with you for the rest of the way as we get through it. It needs a lot of work, but roll with it and it will get easier down the road. Let's start with my basic spiel.
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The first thing that needs to be addressed is the form of your review. It is supposed to be your words describing the shoes and reviewing how they worked for you. You post a list of features that does not really make sense as there is no description of what they mean or do. I highly suggest that you look at some footwear reviews of veteran testers/reviewers for an idea of what is expected.
Later in the Field Conditions you list the field data (good) along with talk about the shoes in each trip. How about pulling that information out and using it as the basis of the Review section (which is missing)? Work on that yourself and I will give some edits of the first part of your review in the mean time.
***salomon xa 3d ultra 2 Trail running shoes
EDIT: I do not see a shoe by this name. Are they XA "Pro" 3D Ultra 2?
***Height: 6'4" (1.93meters)
EDIT: need a space before "meters" or better yet just "m" (1.93 m)
***City, State, Country: Tucson, AZ, USA
EDIT: please spell out the state for the benefit of our international readers
*** From 100 plus degree days in the desert to winter snowshoeing
while in Colorado over the holidays. I explore all available elevations from
the desert floor around 2000', to the 14ners of the Rockies.
EDIT: you need Metric (or Imperial) conversions for all measurements, weights, distances, temperatures, etc.
EDIT: 14ers (no "n")
***Year of Manufacture:Â not listed on website
EDIT: just put the year you purchased them
***Listed weight:Â not listed on website
EDIT: it is listed on the site. Look at the specs
***Weight as delivered:Â unknownÂ
EDIT: part of your job as a gear reviewer is to weigh each item yourself and post the results. You can take them to a post office if you don't have a scale.