Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ Fully Reviewed for Quality Review Facts
The Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ is a stability trail running shoe. It is the extended version of the Xa Pro 3D. It has a Quick Drying Breathable Mesh upper to keep the foot cool and dry. The Sensifit technology and Asymmetrical Lacing create a custom fit around the midfoot. The Friction Free Lace Eyelet and Quick Lacing System can be adjusted in a single pull and create a comfortable, even fit. The Protective Rubber Toe Cap helps prevent stubbing and bruising. The 3D Chassis stabilizes the foot while still allowing it to move naturally.
The Non-marking Premium Wet Traction Contragrip outsole has aggressive lugs going vertically across the middle of the shoe that can grip any terrain. The Injected and compressed EVA provides cushioning shock absorption and responsiveness. The Molded EVA shaped footbed provides anatomical support in addition to another layer of cushioning. The durable Ortholite Sockliner supports and cushions the heel while also keeping the entire foot dry, cool, and healthy. If you are looking for a wider stability shoe that can go on many kinds of terrain, the Xa Pro 3D M+ may be the shoe for you.
Keep reading our in-depth Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ review to find out if it is worth the investment.
The outsole is made of durable rubber that has excellent grip and is designed to go on any terrain, especially wet terrain.
It has five sets of aggressive double lugs in the forefoot and three sets in the heel. There are also six sets of lugs on both sides of the outside edge of the forefoot, and three sets on the outside edge of the heel for traction and durability
on abrasive surfaces.
It uses Non-marking Premium Wet Traction Contagrip technology that gives excellent grip on wet and dry surfaces
without having to worry about slipping or getting dirt stuck in the shoe. There are small grooves for light flexibility to allow the shoe to bend when ascending trails
and technical terrain. Between the outsole and midsole is the 3D Chassis, which stabilizes the foot to prevent slipping, sliding and over-pronation, but still allows the foot to move naturally.
The midsole is made of Ortholite
and different kinds of EVA. The first layer is injected and compressed EVA. It is lightweight and durable and provides responsive and shock-absorbent cushioning.
The second layer is the molded EVA shaped footbed that provides both cushioning and anatomical support. The top layer is the Ortholite Sockliner, which has an EVA heel cup for support and Ortholite foam that keeps the foot cool, dry, odor-free, and healthy. The midsole provides moderate arch support and helps stabilize over-pronation, and the drop promotes forward momentum.
It has some flexibility to allow the foot to land, transfer energy, and take off again.
The upper is made of Quick Drying Breathable Mesh that keeps the shoe ventilated and the foot cool and dry. The Sensifit technology provides a customized fit around the midfoot. The Quick Lacing System, Asymmetrical Lacing and Friction Free Lace Eyelet work together to provide a snug and even fit that can be put on quickly and adjusted in a single pull.
Zigzag synthetic overlays provide support and stability and attach to the lacing system for a snug fit. The Protective Rubber Toe Cap prevents bruising. The heel and tongue loop make the fit comfortable to adjust and help make it faster to put the shoe on and take it off. The heel counter locks in and stabilizes the heel, while padding around the upper provides a snug, supportive fit.
This shoe weighs 14.1 oz (400 g). This is heavy
for a running shoe, although it is not quite as heavy as some motion control trail shoes
. It was designed for stability against over-pronation as well as to stabilize the foot to prevent rolling and sliding when going over technical terrain. It is also high-quality and durable to withstand different terrain and weather.
Therefore, the components are heavier than average, from the rubber outsole with its aggressive lugs to the multiple layers of midsole cushioning (although they are lightweight individually), to the breathable mesh, synthetic overlays and heel counter in the upper.
The Xa Pro 3D M+ has excellent breathability. The upper is largely Quick Drying Breathable Mesh, which keeps the foot cool, dry and ventilated in different weather conditions and terrains.
The Ortholite Sockliner also adds to the breathability, as it allows air to travel under the foot and keeps the bottom of the foot dry, cool, healthy
The overlays and heel counter have mesh between them so that the midfoot and heel are also ventilated. The only problem with breathability was during the break-in period when some testers experienced hot spots on the sides of their feet.
The Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ is very comfortable to wear.
The toe box is roomy enough for the toes to play comfortably. The length is true to size (men's sizes: women should order a size or two down), and the width is wide since this is the M+ edition, although some reviewers noted that the fit around the midfoot is slightly narrow for a wide shoe.
The loops in the heel and tongue and the quick lacing system make the shoe very fast and easy to put on and take off. The EVA foam, EVA footbed, and Ortholite sockliner provide comfortable cushioning and a customized fit around the foot, as well as medium to high arch support. The upper uses Sensifit technology for a snug fit around the midfoot, a heel counter for a comfortable fit around the heel, and padding in the tongue, heel, collar, and mesh for comfort around the foot.
The shoe does take a couple of runs to break in, and some people experienced hot spots or blisters during this time.
The Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ has good colors that work well outdoors.
The shoe comes in Swamp/Dark Titanium/Seaweed Green, which goes well with camouflage colors, khaki or camping gear, and Black
/Magnet/Quiet Shade, which looks solid black. The zigzag overlays, a band around the heel, lacing system and lug pattern give the shoe a nice, unique look.
Reviewers liked the outdoorsy look and feel of the shoe.
This shoe has excellent durability. The outsole was designed to go over any terrain and can go over abrasive surfaces. The midsole has injected and compressed EVA, which is more durable than standard EVA, an EVA footbed that provides permanent support, and an Ortholite Sockliner, which offers durable breathability and support.
The upper has durable overlays, a sturdy heel counter, a protective toe cap to improve forefoot durability, and Quick Drying Breathable Mesh that is durable and was designed for any weather.
The Xa Pro 3D M+ has excellent protection. The outsole keeps the foot stable and prevents sliding even on technical or wet terrain. The 3D Chassis prevents over-pronating as well as slipping or sliding.
The midsole absorbs shock and provides excellent arch support to help protect from over-pronating. The Ortholite Sockliner keeps the foot cool and dry and also has anti-microbial properties to keep the foot healthy and odor-free. The upper has Quick Drying Breathable Mesh to keep the foot dry and ventilated in any weather.
The Protective Toe Cap and sole unit protect against bruising. The overlays, heel counter, Sensifit technology, and the lacing system keeps the foot locked in to prevent sliding inside the shoe or rolling of the ankle when going over technical terrain.
The Xa Pro 3D M+ has some responsiveness. The Contagrip technology in the outsole provides excellent ground feel. The EVA in the midsole smoothly transitions energy from heel to toe, and the drop helps to bounce the foot forward.
The upper locks the foot in place while still allowing natural movement, and the roomy toe box allows the toes to splay comfortably during toe-offs.
This shoe has excellent support, especially in the arches. The molded EVA footbed and Ortholite Sockliner provide moderate arch support, although people with lower arches would have preferred slightly less support in this area. The EVA heel cup provides additional support in the heel.
The upper surrounds the foot with support due to its inside padding, overlays, heel counter, and Sensifit technology.
The Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ was designed to go on any type of terrain.
It can go on the dirt or paved roads, coarse gravel, paths, light to technical trails, mud, wet terrain, and more. Its durability, Ortholite sockliner, and quick-drying mesh also allow it to be worn in any weather condition in addition to different types of terrain.
The Xa Pro 3D M+ is a little pricey. The initial price was around 30% above average, and current pricing ranges from 47% off to 60% more than the original price. The above average price is because of the stability features, multiple layers of cushioning for comfort and shock absorption, high level of support, and its ability to go on all terrain and in all weather.
Most reviewers thought the price was fair, although a few thought it was a little too expensive.
This shoe has excellent traction, thanks to the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip technology. The aggressive lugs around the perimeter of the shoe and down the middle of the foot do an excellent job of keeping the foot stable on hard surfaces, hills, mud, and even wet surfaces. Wearers can ascend, descend, and go over technical terrain without having to worry about sliding.
The Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ is not very flexible, although it does allow the foot to move naturally. The outsole has small grooves that will enable the foot to ascend or go over technical terrain. The midsole layers have slight flexibility to cushion landings, conform to the shape of the foot, and transition energy to create strong toe-offs.
A few testers noted that the footbridge was slightly stiff. The upper keeps the foot locked in place but still lets the foot move for toe-offs.
The Xa Pro 3D M+ has good stability. The outsole stabilizes takeoffs and landings, especially when going on wet or technical terrain.
The 3D Chassis between the outsole and midsole helps prevent sliding and over-pronating. The midsoles cushioning provides good arch support that helps slow over-pronation.
The upper's heel counter, overlays, and Quick Lacing System keep the midfoot and rearfoot stable to prevent rolling, sliding, over-pronating or injuries, while still allowing the forefoot to move freely.
The heel height is 21mm, and the forefoot height is 10mm, which means the drop is 11mm and a standard-range drop. This shoe's drop means there is more cushioning and support in the heel, which helps with shock absorption, which is useful when going over technical terrain or when the wearer is injury-prone or has plantar fasciitis. It also helps bounce the foot forward, which is helpful because of the above-average weight of the shoe but can also be less stable than a lower drop trail shoe.
Sensifit and Quick Lacing System
Quick Drying Breathable Mesh
3D Chassis keeps the foot stable
Molded EVA shaped footbed
Non-marking Premium Wet Traction Contagrip outsole
Injected and compressed EVA for cushioning
Protective Rubber Toe Cap
Asymmetrical Lacing and Friction Free Lace Eyelet
The Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ is a good shoe for someone who is looking for stability, support, and cushioning.
It is comfortable to wear, and the wider M+ width is great for people with medium to wide feet. It has good durability and breathability, and the style gives it an outdoorsy look. It is easy to adjust the fit, put on, and take off. It is slightly heavy
and slightly pricey, although some retailers offer a reduced price. It has a small amount of flexibility and energy return. It is very protective, supportive, and stable and has excellent grip.
Overall, Salomon Xa Pro 3D M+ is an excellent choice for over-pronators or people with medium to high arches who want to be able to go on technical terrain and out in any weather.