Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX

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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Review Facts

Have you been itching to hit the trails and get dirty? You might have to check out the  Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX trail running shoe. The name is a mouthful for good reason.  The mountain shoe is meant to do it all. Accordingly to Salomon, at least. The shoe is meant to be tough and versatile but does it live up to the hype? Read on to find out!

The XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is meant to be able to take on tough trails, including snow covered terrain. To handle such varied conditions, a shoe needs to be solidly constructed and provide enough support to keep the wearer injury free while running atop of snow, and steady footed on technical trails.

Let’s take a closer look at the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX and see if it can really perform in rough conditions.

Pros
  • The shoe is somehow breathable while still being waterproof
  • It's durable and able to handle rough terrain
  • The toe guard protects the wearer from impact with debris on the trail
  • The Mud Guard tech keeps out mud
  • It's comfortable thanks to ample cushioning
  • Waterproofing keeps feet dry even in when the trails are waterlogged
Cons
  • Poor shock absorption in the rear foot
  • Support could be better
  • Sizing issues. You may need to size up a bit
  • Laces are abnormally long and get in the way
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX has an outsole that can take on some pretty tough terrain. The Contragrip sole is outfitted with flex grooves to enhance the shoe's flexibility. The grippy outsole can keep a runner stable even when running over slippery terrain.

The lugs featured in the outsole of the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX are spaced just so to provide maximum traction. Because of the specific lug spacing, mud is less likely to enter the cracks and crevices underfoot. You won't have to worry about clumps of mud weighing you down. There's a bit of stiffness to the outsole that may require a breaking in period but the outsole's durability and superb grip make up for that small shortcoming.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is fairly comfortable. It's composed of a dual-density EVA foam that provides full-length impact protection. The EVA material provides shock absorption, and a decent amount of energy return throughout your gait cycle.

The midsole, injected with EVA foam, provides enough support underfoot to keep overpronators from pronating excessively. You won't have to worry about turning an ankle thanks to the midsole's supportive construction.

The heel of the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX featured a 3D Advanced Chassis. This feature is midway between the midsole and outsole and enhances the shoe's ability to flex. The 3D Advanced Chassis also provides support for the wearer. The intention is also to help reduce the forces of impact in the rear foot. Some reviewers, though, found that the impact protection in this area was lacking.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX's mesh upper features an asymmetrical lacing system. The laces are easy to tie and pulling the shoe on or off is easy and pie. The shoe also features a secure fit. The mesh material is both breathable and protective. The mesh material is fairly breathable considering its waterproof properties. Quick-dry materials help to keep things comfortable and dry inside the shoe.

The XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX features a fairly heavy duty tongue that's meant to keep debris out of the shoe. The tongue also features a lacing pocket which is practical since the shoe's laces run quite long.

The shoe's upper also features a mud guard. This feature is meant to keep mud and virtually anything wet from seeping into the shoe. Additionally, the shoe's forefoot toe cap is meant to keep wearer's protected from impact with trail debris like branches, rocks, and tree roots.


Weight
Weight

Weight

A shoe weight differs depending on foot size and gender.
The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX weighs in at about 2.8 lbs for the men's version. For women , the shoe weighs in at about 1lb. The shoe is quite hefty, even for a trail shoe. Reviewers didn't seem to mind the extra bit of weight, though.

Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is fairly breathable. The shoe's upper features a lightweight mesh that provides adequate ventilation and helps the wearer's foot to breathe. Sweat is effectively wicked away thanks to quick-drying liner materials. The Gore-Tex lining is waterproof and keeps moisture out. It's surprising that the waterproof trail shoe is so breathable but the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX manages to ventilate quite well. Even on soggy trails, the shoe keeps the water out and wicks away perspiration.

Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Most reviewers felt that the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX was quite comfortable. The sockliner provides an extra layer of comfort. The shoe's Sensifit technology ensures that the fit is snug and secure. The precise fit of the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX ensures that overpronation is controlled. The shoe's EVA foam midsole provides another layer of padding to provide comfort on the run.

Some reviewers found the heel cushioning to be lacking but most felt that the EVA foam midsole provided adequate impact protection even on tough trails.

The shoe also has good arch support. Those with flat feet may want to choose another trail shoe. The lacing system works to provide a snug and comfortable fit. The shoe can easily be used for long distance training without encountering any blisters. The XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is also a good option for training in the warm summer months thanks to its excellent ventilation. In addition, the midsole's 3D Advanced Chassis provides additional comfort when running on technical trails.
Style
Style

Style

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is definitely an attention grabber. The shoe comes in various bright multi-colored color combinations in addition to more toned down hues. The brighter colors are perfect for those looking to attack the trails and make a mark off-road. The shoe is flashy with some unique design features. The asymmetrical lacing system is modern and eye-catching. When wearing the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX there's no doubt that you'll catch others staring at your shoes and you'll look good tackling tough terrain.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is a durable trail shoe meant to protect you from various weather conditions and any kind of debris you might encounter on the trail. To see any kind of wear on the shoes, you'll have to put in a great deal of mileage. Some reviewers found that even with over 1200 miles on them, the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX was still in great shape.

The shoe also features the 3D Advanced Chassis which provides a degree of support but also increases the shoe's longevity. You'll be running in the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX for a long time, that's for sure!
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX definitely does a good job when it comes to protecting your feet. The shoe can handle varying weather conditions, tough terrain, and especially wayward debris on the trail.

The XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX features a solid rubber toe cap in the forefoot that keeps your toes safe and sound. You won't have to worry about bumping into rocks and hurting your toes. The shoe also has a mud guard which is meant to keep mud out and off the shoe. Keeping mud away from the shoe ensures that you don't end up carrying extra weight while you take on the forest trails.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Salomon XA Pro 3d Ultra 2 GTX is a fairly responsive shoe. It features technology that's made for the trails. In it, you'll be able to tackle a variety of surfaces. The midsole's injected EVA foam is tightly packed to help prevent its degradation over time. The packed construction of the midsole material is also meant to enhance the shoe's ground-feel.
Support
Support

Support

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is a supportive trail shoe. Most reviewers agreed with this. The asymmetrical lacing system is meant to provide a secure and supportive fit by aiding to eliminate inward foot rolling. The shoe's midsole cushion provides ample support underfoot, going from forefoot to rearfoot. The 3D Advanced Chassis is also meant to keep runners from pronating excessively. The XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX also provides a good amount of arch support that's perfect for those with normal to high arches.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX was definitely built for the trails. There's no doubt that they were made for off-road running. Runners don't have to worry about rock, mud, or water when hitting the trails in the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX. The shoe can take on situations from well-groomed trails to ascending mountain peaks. You could easily kick butt in an obstacle course or mud run with the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX. The shoe is constructed with materials that help ventilate and keep water and mud out. The mud guard also works to keep mud off the shoe and ensure you're not carrying excess weight along for the ride.
Price
Price

Price

The Salomon XA Pro 3d Ultra 2 GTX has a pretty high price tag. It's no surprise since it's feature heavy. Despite its high price, the shoe packs a lot of value.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX provides excellent traction underfoot. It's perfect for whatever kind of trail you're going to be running on. The Contagrip outsole is tough enough to handle a variety of surfaces. Outfitted with flex grooves, the sole of the shoe provides flexion and traction even on the most slippery of surfaces.

The short, aggressive lugs in the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX are spaced just so to eliminate mud from gathering and increasing the shoe's weight. Nobody wants to pick up extra weight as they move along.

Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX allows for natural flexion of the foot while running. The shoe is flexible enough to provide a comfortable, natural-feeling ride.

Stability
Stability

Stability

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is just as stable as it is comfortable. The asymmetrical lacing system keeps the wearer's foot secure inside the shoe. The laces tighten the shoe on the sides and top to ensure the wearer doesn't feel unstable while running. The 3D Advanced Chassis also provides some support for the wearer. It's meant to keep runners balanced and ensure a stable ride.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The shoe's heel to toe drop is about 10mm for both the men and women's versions.

Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• 3D Advanced Chassis provides stability on even the toughest terrain

• Unique Asymmetrical Lacing System

• Injection-molded EVA midsole with excellent energy-return

• Contagrip Outsole is durable and provides excellent traction

  • Toe cap protects from impact with trail debris


  • • Breathable QuickDry upper

  • Sensifit Technology used in upper


  • • Gore-Tex liner keeps water out of the shoe
    Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX is a pretty impressive trail shoe. It's able to handle a variety of terrain and varying weather conditions. The shoe is comfortable and will likely stand the test of time. The protective features in the shoe keep away mud, keep out water, and protect the wearer from trail debris. The shoe also offers stability for overpronators. Despite the high price tag, the shoe offers great value.

    One notable characteristic of the XA Pro 3d Ultra 2 GTX is its ability to ventilate. Even with a waterproof Gore-Tex liner, the shoe manages to be breathable. It won't be as breathable as most road shoes, since it is, after all, a trail shoe. But it's breathable enough to provide comfort for the wearer. All in all, it's a solid trail shoe and a good investment.