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Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX - Women's Review

Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP Women's
Price:  $145 List
Pros:  Comfortable, versatile, sturdy, speed lace works well and is easy to use, comes with waterproof model
Cons:  Can be hard to get tight enough, sometimes the laces cut into the foot if too tight
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Actual Weight (size 8):  1.72 lbs
Sizes Available:  Sizes 5-11
Upper:  Quick drying breathable mesh
Manufacturer:   Salomon

Our Verdict

New Version Update - Nov 2016
The XA Pro 3D GTX has been replaced in Salomon's line-up by the XA Pro 3D CS WP.

Our criteria for the best hiking shoe was one that was comfortable and versatile. We were looking for footwear that is lighter than a traditional hiking boot, but burlier and more supportive than a running shoe. The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra fits that description to a T. Marketed as a trail running shoe, we found that it performs just as well hiking, approaching, and for missions around town. It has a waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex membrane, allowing it to protect a little better while splashing through puddles or hiking through rain, though it does not dry as fast as a meshy shoe without a membrane like the Merrell Moab Ventilator - Women's. It has a speed-lace system for easy in and out, but it sometimes can be hard to get to the exact level of tightness you prefer. A very comfortable shoe with a supportive upper, it takes a little bit of breaking in for the stiff heel cup to not rub on your achilles tendon. If you are looking for a lightweight shoe that can live up to many outdoor adventures, we recommend this one.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
McKenzie Long

Last Updated:
Wednesday
November 30, 2016

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The New XA Pro 3D CS WP vs. the Older Version


Check out the side-by-side comparison below. The new XA Pro 3D CS WP is pictured on the left, and the older GTX model that we tested is shown on the right.
Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP Women's
Salomon XA Pro 3D


Here's a summary of the key differences between the new 2016 version of the XA Pro 3D and the older version:
  • GoreTex Replaced With Climashield — Salomon has replaced the GoreTex from the older model with Climashield Waterproof technology, which, like GoreTex, boasts full waterproof protection.
  • Price Increase — The new version will cost an additional $15 - The list price has gone up from $130 to $145.
  • New Colors — The new version of the XA Pro 3D comes in several colors. Pearl Grey/Bordeaux/Hot Pink is shown above.

We haven't had the opportunity to test out this new version of the XA Pro 3D CS WP yet. That said, we find the changes made to this latest model are not likely to have a major impact on its performance, as the main features and design of these shoes mostly remain the same. The text and ratings in this review still reflect the older version.

Hands-On Review


A cross between a running shoe and a hiking shoe, this durable shoe can go wherever you go, keeping you comfortable and supported

Performance Comparison


Car camping in the Salomon XA Pro 3D  which is a versatile cross between a running shoe and a hiking shoe. It is also comfortable for every day and around town wear.
Car camping in the Salomon XA Pro 3D, which is a versatile cross between a running shoe and a hiking shoe. It is also comfortable for every day and around town wear.

Weight


At 1.72 lbs, the XA Pro 3D weighs a quarter of a pound more per pair than our lightest shoes, the Merrell Siren Sport - Women's and the Salomon X-Over. This means they are still a light shoe, and do not add much weight to your legs as you hike, but they do have some added stiffness and support. They still weigh far less than our heaviest shoe, the Oboz Yellowstone - Women's, which comes in at 2.24 lbs per pair.

Comfort


As a running shoe/hiking shoe hybrid the XA Pro 3D is a comfortable, versatile model of shoe and straddles the gap between hiking boot and running shoe. They run slightly big, being longer in the front than other shoes of the same size. For hiking we think is a beneficial feature because it keeps your toes from hitting the front of the shoe when hiking downhill, and gives your toes room to breathe and move instead of feeling cramped.

The heel cup of this shoe is fairly stiff, which is great from a support standpoint, but it does require a tiny bit of breaking in before it feels really comfortable. At first it digs into the heel. Once broken in, these shoes feel great for just about any activity: hiking, running, or hanging out around town.

Support


Stiffer than the Salomon X-Over, for a low-cut shoe, the XA Pro 3D is still fairly supportive. The shoe is built on a women's specific last, and the collar height and sole hardness have been adjusted according to feedback from women during the design of the shoe. The 3D chassis is a protective, supportive system winding around the rear of the shoe, adding cushion and stability.

The Salomon XA Pro 3D  though it is marketed as a running shoe  performs well in many applications such as hiking  as a climbing approach shoe  or even around town missions.
The Salomon XA Pro 3D, though it is marketed as a running shoe, performs well in many applications such as hiking, as a climbing approach shoe, or even around town missions.

Traction


With lugs on the short side, these shoes don't bite into the trail like some other sole patterns, however they still feel solid while hiking. The sole on the heel is wider than the heel of the upper on the shoe, which provides extra stabilization.

A comparison of the soles of both the Salomon XA Pro 3D (bottom) and the Salomon X-Over. The X-Over tread is flatter and more uniform  similar to the sticky rubber soles on climbing approach shoes.
A comparison of the soles of both the Salomon XA Pro 3D (bottom) and the Salomon X-Over. The X-Over tread is flatter and more uniform, similar to the sticky rubber soles on climbing approach shoes.

Durability


This model has rubber reaching up on the toe of the shoe, similar to the X-Over and the Keen models of shoes, which protects the foot and protects the shoe from showing wear too soon. The materials of the upper, though not leather, are fairly burly and withstand abrasion and hard use well.

Water Resistance / Breathability


With a waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex membrane, these shoes stand up to wet conditions as long as water doesn't get into your shoe through the top. They are not as quick to dry as other meshy shoes without a membrane, but they won't get wet as quickly. We like them for hiking where we may run into the occasional puddle or snow patch.

Best Application


The stand-out aspect of the XA Pro 3D is the versatility of the shoe. It can be used by a day-hiker or a backpacker, a trail runner, a climber, or the occasional car-camper. It is a technical outdoor shoe that is useful in many different applications. Salomon categorizes this shoe in the "Mountain Trail Running" category, but we find it to be an excellent all-around shoe. If you want to purchase one shoe and use it for multiple activities, this shoe does the job of multiple other specialized shoes.

Value


For a technical running or hiking shoe, the XA Pro 3D are a bit high in price, costing about $145. They aren't the best deal out there, but they won't break the bank either. Since this shoe is durable and long lasting, the cost is worth the performance.
McKenzie Long

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   May 2, 2016 - 07:11pm
Suz · Hiker · Sydders, Straya!
i'm onto my 2nd pair - the non goretex version. i love these. my first pair lasted at least 2000k (1200m) before developing a problem and getting replaced. they are the most durable and comfy shoe i've ever worn. they also have pretty decent grip on wet surfaces and very good grip on dry. the mesh is pretty full on even in the non-gtx version so in hot weather your feet can get hot, but on the flip side they are good at keeping out dirt.

these are probably too heavy for trail running but for hiking they are great - even with a fairly heavy pack. if you want sturdiness combined with comfort and flexibility these are a great option. because they last so long before wearing out, they are also great value for $.

if i am walking on easy surfaces in hot weather with a light pack, i will probs opt to wear my brooks cascasdias. in all other situations, i'll don the XA pros.

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


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