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Pros: Very supportive and stable.
Cons: Heavier and not as flexible as others.
Best Uses: Trail runs where major support and protection is needed.
Like the La Sportiva Wildcat, the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra is ready for epic mountain adventures. It's an extremely stable shoe, thanks to built-in pronation control and secure lacing coming from Salomon's Quicklaces—one-pull to secure Kevlar lacing—providing a sure-fit. A protective rubber toe cap adds to the mountain-readiness of this shoe, and a sticky, luggy outsole grips everything from wet rocks to dusty trails. The downside is that this is a lot of shoe, and might be too beefy for runners looking for a road running-shoe feel on trail. We liked it for mixed trail running/hiking, and mountain runs where we wanted protection and stability.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Salomon's Contagrip rubber outsole does a good job gripping wet surfaces, mud and dry rock alike.
The midsole is both a molded EVA and dual-density EVA, the latter providing stability as well. The combination creates a nicely cushioned platform for all-day hike/run adventures.
A protective rubber toe cap keeps toes buffered from stubs on rocks, roots and the like, and the durable upper adds protection on the sidewalls of this shoe.
This shoe's dual-density midsole provides pronation control, great for those who wear stability road running shoes and seek more support on the trail.
This shoe is a bit heavy compared to the others in this review. With so many great options providing good traction, stability and comfort, we had to knock this shoe a bit for its weight.
The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra is a bit stiff. It still flexes plenty for most runners' comfort, but might not be flexible enough for others looking for a road-shoe like, fast and nimble feel on the trail.
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX - Women's, $145.
Salomon Speedcross 3, $125.
Salomon Speedcross 3 - Women's, $125.
Salomon X-Over - Women's, $150.
— Mark Eller and Lisa Jhung
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