Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX

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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Facts

It’s time to hit the trails and get dirty again. This time with the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX trail running shoe. This is an all Mountain running shoe that is claimed to be one of the most versatile of it’s kind. This is according to its manufacturer, but does it really live up to this claim? We will find out!

It is important to know that this shoe is capable of handling very rough terrain, and even snow. To handle these types of terrain the shoe needs to be made strong, with enough support for your feet to avoid injuries from sinking into snow, or stepping into potholes on roughly maintained trails.

Let’s get in-depth on this and find out what the Ultra 2  GTX is really all about.

Pros
  • Great breathability considering it's effectiveness in being waterproof
  • A durable shoe, just as expected from a trail runner
  • Includes the much needed protective toe cap guard
  • Mud Guard technology keeps mud from seeping into the shoe
  • Very comfortable due to the amount cushioning on the insides
  • Effective waterproofing that allows running through wet  trail environment
Cons
  • Has minimal Shock Absorbency in Heel.
  • Lacks Support of Ankle as it's not a mid-rise shoe
  • Sizes may run small, and laces run long
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Salomon XA Pro 3d GTX has anti-abrasion capability which makes it ideal for use on tough terrain. It comes complete with a Contagrip outsole which has flex grooves underneath the front of the shoe. This will help to assist your trail running if you come into contact with slippery rocks, and provide you with the ability to get some traction without slipping.

To help your traction soar even more, the Salomon offers solid, short lugs with just the right amount of spacing. It will help prevent things such as mud to gather on the outsole of the shoe, which would just add more unnecessary weight to your run. Although it may take some time to break the shoe out of its stiffness, we are sure once you do you’ll be quite satisfied with the traction it provides.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

You’ll be pleased with Salomon’s midsole. It does well with comfort, and stability. The midsole is composed of dual-density EVA materials that will be comfortably cushioned throughout your feet, assist you in rebounding, and provide protection of your feet from rough elements in the terrain you run on.

If you are a runner who struggles with overpronation these Salomon shoes can help you. Its injection-molded EVA midsole with energy cell return will help control the motion of your feet and reduce overpronation.

Salomon uses a flexible heel chassis called, '3D Advanced Chassis', The 'Chasis' is located between the midsole and the outsole of the shoe and helps support the ankle as well as allow for flexibility. Although its purpose is also to reduce the amount of shock on the heel, some reviewers thought it could use a bit more absorption.
Upper
Upper

Upper

This shoe has a unique lacing system similar to the La Sportiva Mutant, making it easy to put your shoes on, or take them off quickly. The skewed lacing system may take some time to get used to, but once you've nailed it you will be assured your foot will get the support it needs.

On top of the Salomon's reinforced tongue, which will prevent debris from getting into your shoe, you'll find a lace pocket. Although the laces generally run long on Salomon shoes, they can be tucked into the lace pocket quite easily. Additionally, this running shoe provides you with a mud guard that will assist in keeping mud and water off your shoe. Speaking of debris, you won't need to worry about toe injuries because this shoe will protect your from those hard elements with its toe cap.

The upper of the Salomon comes complete with mesh material which allows for your feet to breathe more easily and keeps the sweat away. It will dry quickly if it becomes wet due to Salomon's quick dry materials.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Of course the weight of the shoe can vary significantly depending on how big your feet are, and your gender. The typical men's Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX weighs about 2.8lbs, while a women's pair averages at about 1lb. They are on the heavier side of a trail running shoe, but runners don't seem to notice the weight as they run.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

This Salomon running shoe is quite breathable. It's upper materials consist of a lightweight mesh material allowing air to flow through easily to your feet, and keeping the sweat away. In fact, since it has a waterproof Gore Tex lining you'll be sure that your feet won't get damp while you run and will be able to breathe easily even in the wettest of conditions.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Most runners agree that the Salomon XA Pro 3d Ultra 2 GTX is quite comfortable. It has a sockliner that gives the underfood extra comfort. Salomon's 'Sensifit' technology cradles the upper instep, providing a secure fit reducing overpronation. The footbed of this running shoe is cushioned with foam to ensure extra comfort. Although a few runners stated that they felt impact on the heel, most runners agreed that the EVA absorbs shock and helps to avoid a harsh impact on tough terrain.

It has added arch support, so if you don't already have a high arch or prefer a high arch support this may be bothersome to you. The Salomon's unique lacing system fits securely to your foot and provides support and comfort on your run. Runners could wear this shoe for long distances and were did not accrue any blisters. Also, it's a great shoe for running in during the summer months as it doesn't get too hot. It has a 3D advanced chassis which provides comfort while you run on rugged terrain.
Style
Style

Style

The style of this shoe will definitely grab the attention of onlookers. It has some multi-color bright colors available as well as some more neutral tones. The brighter more loud colors seem to suggest an aggressive runner. The Salomon is flashy, and has a unique lacing system which is sure to catch someone's attention. You'll certainly stand out in a crowd and they will look good on your feet.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This is an extremely durable trail running shoe that will protect your from all types of weather and debris you may come across while you run. Runners have put well over 1200 miles on them and they are still in great shape. It comes complete with the '3D advanced chassis' which provides stability and allows the shoe to last longer. This Salomon running shoe will last you a long time.

Protection
Protection

Protection

Talk about protection, this baby will have your feet covered! It protects your feet well in most to all inclement weather situations. It can handle rough terrain such as rocks, mud, and other debris quite well.

It has a protective rubber toe that will keep toe injuries astray and allow you to concentrate more on your run. The Salomon running shoe has a mud guard to help keep mud off your shoe so you can run easily without the extra weight.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Salomon XA Pro 3d Ultra 2 GTX is a shoe that will respond to what you foot needs. It was made with trail specific technologies that will help you run on a variety of different surfaces. Salomon’s compressed EVA of the midsole is compacted together tightly to prevent breakdown of the shoe, and increase the responsiveness of the underfoot cushioning.
Support
Support

Support

Most runners agree that this is a supportive trail running shoe. Its unique lacing system is skewed and adds to provide support to the sides of your feet. You'll find support in the cushioning of the midsole, as well as the heel that provides some shock absorbency. The '3D Chassis' helps to support pronation. This running shoe provides moderate arch support, and cushioning throughout the shoe.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

It's time to hit the trails, that's what these Salomon running shoes were made for. You'll be protected from rocks, mud, and water while you concentrate on the run at hand. You can easily climb mountains, hills, and handle obstacle courses with this running shoe. They are made with materials that will help the shoe dry out quickly if it gets wet, and protected with a mudguard to prevent that extra weight from slowing you down.
Price
Price

Price

The Salomon XA Pro 3d Ultra 2 GTX is quite pricey in cost. Its expensive nature is probably due to all of the phenomenal attributes that it has. Although pricey, the Salomon running shoe will be worth the investment.
Traction
Traction

Traction

If you're going to be running in the woods you're going to want some traction on your running shoes, and the Salomon XA Pro 3d Ultra 2 GTX provides just that. It comes complete with a ‘Contagrip’ outsole which has flex grooves underneath the front of the shoe. This will help to assist your trail running if you come into contact with slippery rocks, and provide you with the ability to get some traction without slipping.

To help your traction soar even more, the Salomon offers solid, short lugs with just the right amount of spacing. It will help prevent things such as mud to gather on the outsole of the shoe, which would just add more unnecessary weight to your run.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX allows your feet to move with the shoe as you run. This is a flexible running shoe and will allow you to run easily.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Salomon trail running shoe is a very stable and comfortable running shoe. Its unique lacing system tightens along the sides and top of the foot providing a more secure and stable fit. The '3D Advanced Chassis' is there to keep you from losing your balance, and therefore causing increased stability.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe drop is 10mm for both women and men.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• 3D Advanced Chassis provides stability and comfort on the toughest of terrains

• Unique Lacing System

• Injection-molded EVA midsole with EnergyCell return

• Lugged Contagrip outsole with protective toe cap

• QuickDry upper with Sensifit construction

• Gore-Tex membrane offers waterproof properties
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX certainly has the wow factor of being able to handle all types of terrain on trails and mountains. It will be a comfortable and durable shoe that will last a long time. While it can be pricey it is certainly worth the investment. It's protection against different types of debris, such as rocks is definitely outstanding, as well as its ability to stabilize and assist with overpronation of a runner's foot.

One impressive aspect I noticed about the XA Pro 3d Ultra 2 GTX is that it has a good amount of breathability for a trail running shoe. Now keep in mind, it is a waterproof shoe, at the very least water resistant, so it's in no way going to stack up to the breathability of a road shoe. For the amount of water proofing it has, the breathability is enough to impress someone who wouldn't mind compensating a small bit of protection to get some airflow. Afterall, it is still a very durable shoe.