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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.2 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: August 8, 2014
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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.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Salomon
Review by: Mark Eller and Lisa Jhung ⋅ February 26, 2013  
Overview
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

Traction
Salomon's Contagrip rubber outsole does a good job gripping wet surfaces, mud and dry rock alike.

Cushioning
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.

Protection
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.

Stability
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.

Weight
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.

Flexibility
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.

Other Versions
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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Most recent review: August 8, 2014
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   Aug 8, 2014 - 05:40am
dirk groth · Hiker · wilberforce
great shoe from fast 6 to 10 km trail runs to 40km fast hikes through the tabletop track at litchfield falls nt australia in 38degrees celcius in 10hours never missed a beat

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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tkpkalex · Backpacker · Takoma Park Maryland
I bought these shoes for my upcoming thru hike. I have broken them in around town, done a 8km 982m loop with them and I enjoyed the stability they provided. There was a fair amount of snow on the trail and I opted to go without crampons and the grip on the bottom of the shoe held up just fine. They look good and they seem to breath fairly well. I can slip them on and off with ease. My biggest problem with these shoes are the Kevlar laces; when I synch them up they dig into my ankle after long hikes. They also seem to loosen slightly throughout the day.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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