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.