Salomon X-Mission 3 CS Review Facts
The original X-Mission 3 was re-released with a CS suffix that stands for the popular ClimaShield waterproofing technology featured on the upper of this Salomon shoe. Intended to be worn in any weather and on a variety of trails, the X-Mission 3 CS has one real flaw: despite what the brand’s saying, the CS technology makes the shoe water-resistant, not waterproof. For most outdoor lovers, this will be more than enough; however, if this is the key to your purchase, you should maybe opt for some trail shoes that really are waterproof. Other than that and the lightly harder sole, in the beginning, there isn’t much negative to be said about this shoe: it’s durable, high-quality, offers good traction, flexibility, stability, protection and comfort, and all of that at a very reasonable price.
The outsole of the Salomon X-Mission 3 CS features prominent lugs of different shapes and sizes, as well as deep flex grooves that are spaced so as to disperse the impact forces and encourage shock-absorption
. The lugs go from the forefoot to the heel, where you'll find a dedicated traction pad full of horizontal and vertical grooves. At the forefoot area just under the big toe, the lugs are denser and smaller in size compared to the rest of the outsole, providing a good grip on various surfaces. The outsole is made out of the High Abrasion ContaGrip, made to tackle an array of surfaces while offering fantastic traction and a reliable ride. The flex grooves are deep and wide, making the flexibility of the sole noticeable, which contributes to the easy toe-off and a natural gait cycle.
The midsole of the Salomon X-Mission 3 CS is made out of a single piece injection-molded EVA foam that provides comfort and cushioning. This foam is resilient and won't flatten and lose the cushioning effect for a long time; however, you can expect some degree of creasing on the sides of the midsole due to compression forces while running. The single-density midsole construction provides a smooth transition during the entirety of the gait cycle
The upper of this trail shoe features large Sensiflex overlays around the entire foot, which provide a snug fit and support the foot. The overlays are paired with the Sensifit strap system that is connected to the QuickLace system for additional stability. Underneath the overlays is the breathable and sturdy mesh material with anti-debris
and mud properties. This mesh is lined with the ClimaShield technology, making the upper waterproof – or water-resistant, according to some runners. On the front of the upper, the protective TPU toe bumper will prevent stubbing while increasing the longevity of the upper.
The Salomon X-Mission 3 CS weighs 305g or 10.8oz for a men’s and 260g or 9.2oz for women’s half-pair. While this doesn’t put this running shoe in the ultra-lightweight
category, it’s safe to say that no one actually expects a trail shoe to be much lighter than the X-Mission 3 CS already is.
The mesh material beneath the upper overlays has a double function: it’s waterproof (or at least water-resistant) thanks to the CS technology, but that doesn’t prevent it from being breathable at the same time. You’ll experience satisfactory ventilation and dryness when running in the Salomon X-Mission 3 CS, and the polyester lining on the upper will keep your feet dry, preventing the forming of blisters.
Several experienced runners have noted that the CS version of the Salomon X-Mission 3 ran a bit smaller and more narrow than the original. The rest of the fit is essentially the same as the original version, with the lacing system, Sensifit and Sensiflex technologies working in unison to provide a snug, glove-like fit and secure your foot. This running shoe has a sole that is stiffer than what’s expected, and a few runners have said that the shoe needs a break-in time in order for the sole to reach its full cushioning potential. Other than the slightly narrower fit and the break-in time needed, this Salomon shoe is very comfortable
, not only at the beginning but throughout the whole ride. One runner noted that the toe box and the forefoot area of the shoe box were wide enough to accommodate foot swelling that can sometimes occur mid-run.
The Salomon X-Mission 3 CS is a performance-oriented shoe that looks the part. It gives off the impression of a shoe that didn’t come to play, with the design leaning toward techy, rugged and modern, instead of what would be called beautiful or elegant. The shoe comes in several classic-looking colorways and features a Salomon logo on the top of the tongue, and the “X-Mission 3” written on the side of the shoe. The QuickLace system adds to the overall expert-runner look and although the design of the shoe could be described as complicated, the choice of same colors for the outsole and the midfoot mesh material makes it look simple and harmonious.
The durability of this trail running shoe is higher than average, with one runner even reporting that he wore the shoe for four consecutive years before having to switch it for a new model. The rugged lugs of the outsole, as well as the compounds chosen for its build, guarantee the longevity of the shoe, and some runners have even gone as far as to state that this shoe will withstand everything. The one thing to take note of is the back of the shoe – the padded collar, to be exact. It tends to wear off faster than the rest of the shoe and cause blisters. This doesn’t happen often and to everyone – a lot of it depends on your running style, ankle shape, and so on, but it is something to consider if you experience this type of issue on other footwear as well.
The main thing that differentiates the Salomon X-Mission 3 CS from its predecessor is the CS – or the ClimaShield technology used for waterproofing
the upper. However, not all runners agree that the CS technology actually works. It did great on light rain and when exposed to heavier rain for shorter periods of time, but a number of runners have expressed their dissatisfaction at the fact that the shoe isn’t, in fact, waterproof but water-resistant, meaning that your feet will get soaked if you spend too much time exposed to water. On the bright side, the mesh upper material is also very efficient at preventing debris and mud from getting inside of the shoe. Additionally, the original Salomon insole that comes with the shoe isn’t protective enough in terms of cushioning, so one runner has suggested either to purchase a gel cushion insole or to wear thicker socks in order to amp up the protective cushioning of the midsole. The IMEVA midsole offers great cushioning on various trails and other surfaces, and the TPU toe bumper protects the shoe from abrasions and tearing, while also protecting your feet from stubbing.
The Salomon X-Mission 3 CS provides good responsiveness, especially keeping in mind that this is a trail shoe
that isn’t meant to be raced in. The midsole of the X-Mission 3 CS is on the firmer side, providing some bounce and energy-return on flat surfaces.
This is a neutral trail shoe made for runners with stable arches that don’t require any additional arch support that would prevent overpronation
. So, if you’re a runner with high, medium-high or normal arches, chances are you’re going to enjoy the support this shoe does have to offer, which focuses more on lateral support. The overlays on the upper are supportive and give structure to the mesh material underneath, and the upper as a whole is made to prevent slippage.
The Salomon X-Mission 3 CS is a light trail running shoe that can tackle off-road runs, mountain hikes, trails or any other type of irregular surfaces, while also performing well on the road and even concrete. Most runners have been more than satisfied with the performance and comfort that this shoe provided on various terrains, both urban and technical. The lacing system, which allows you to tighten the fit of the upper swiftly and in one motion has been greatly appreciated by nature lovers. Additionally, the IMEVA foam midsole guarantees a cushioned ride that will dampen the pebbles and some larger rocks as well, without tiring your feet.
The Mission 3 CS is priced around the same as many waterproof hybrid shoes out there, with the difference that this is a shoe you can log serious miles in, while hybrid shoes are meant for shorter walks and come climbs. Depending on what you need and the type of outdoor adventures you like, you’ll go for one or the other, but giving a C-note for this kind of a high-quality shoe is always pretty reasonable, in our opinion.
The differently-shaped, multi-density lugs of various sizes have proven to provide impressive traction, both on roads and on light trails. The ContaGrip
rubber compound used in the outsole is optimized for wet and dry conditions, so that you don’t lose the quality of the grip, depending on the weather.
Thanks to the mesh upper and the deep and wide flex grooves on the outsole, which continue onto the sides of the midsole of the Salomon X-Mission 3 CS, the flexibility of this trail shoe is better than what you would typically expect of this type of shoe. The flex groove on the heel is an especially useful addition for uneven terrain full of rocks because it encourages tackling of terrain
at different angles, without worrying about slipping or hurting your feet. As for the upper, the lacing system, along with the mesh material and Sensifit straps provide good flexibility through and through.
The QuickLace system enables you to clinch the upper for an extra snug fit, stabilizing the foot and preventing it from sliding inside the shoe box. The overlays further stabilize the foot, while the protruding heel prevents you from losing balance and falling backward.
This trail shoe features a heel-to-toe drop of 10 mm, a number we’ve used to seeing recently that’s slowly becoming the new norm. This isn’t that surprising, given the fact that it favors heel strikers as well as midfoot strikers. Heel strikers will have a great experience running in the X-Mission 3 CS because of the heel flex groove that will provide a smooth heel-to-toe transition for that group of runners. As for the midfoot strikers, they will feel the heel sometimes getting in their way, but this will rarely happen and won’t interfere too much with your natural stride. This is a perfect drop to choose if you’re transitioning from a high-drop shoe to a low-drop
● High Abrasion ContaGrip outsole with multi-density lugs
● Single piece injection-molded EVA foam midsole
● Sensiflex overlays + Sensifit straps mesh upper
● ClimaShield technology for waterproofing
● QuickLace system
● Relatively lightweight
● Extremely comfortable, especially if you prefer firmer soles
● Adequate pricing
● Light trail shoe
● Neutral support
● Good responsiveness
● 10mm drop
The updated version of the Salomon
X-Mission 3 features the popular CS technology that increases the shoe’s use and versatility. This technology makes it a great shoe that can serve you well during the entire year on a number of surfaces. However, keep in mind that several runners have noted that the shoe isn’t waterproof, but only water-resistant, even with the ClimaShield technology. Other than that, you’re looking at a neutral trail shoe that is extremely durable, with great traction, flexibility, and comfort – especially after the initial break-in period. On top of that, this is a shoe that is reasonably priced for everyone who likes to spend their weekends going on different hikes and adventures.