Review: Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX Trail Running Shoe

The ultimate mountain running shoe just keeps getting better with a new energy cell mid sole material for improved cushioning. GORE-TEX® version. A trekking purposes especially tackling undulating terrains.

  • Triple-density EVA cushioning
  • Non-marking Running Contagrip®
  • Salomon asymmetrical kevlar Quicklace system
  • 3D Advanced Chassis for stability
  • Ortholite footbeds
  • Weight 403g

I had become addicted to trail running of late, there is just no words to describe how exhilarating it actually feels running and leaping off across puddles and mud on uneven undulating terrain. It somehow feels like I’m one with nature racing not against with time but the elements. Rocky roads, muddy puddles, slippery down slopes and littered broken branches and leaves are just some of the obstacles every trail runner will encounter when running in these unforgiving, unpredictable nature trails.

As exhilarating as may seen, one should always be prepared before going to battle. When running in these conditions the normal trainers just won’t give you the support you need to overcome running in these harsh and demanding conditions. Salomon had recently release their new trail running shoe – Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX.

The Salomon XA Pro 3D ultra GTX, is a trail running shoe design for the grueling adventure races and rocky uneven off trail runs. It’s fabric is equip with GORE-TEX® waterproof and breathable membrane technology that help keep your feet dry. This means that you can just concentrate on the run, dashing across puddles of water or mud and not worry about your feet being getting wet as the GTX technology will keep you feet dry and comfortable no matter what’s the conditions.

GoreTex Technology

Like the other shoe in the Salomon trail shoe line, this awesome shoe is equip with the Kevlar Quicklace system which is a one-pull tightening lace system that quickly provide good stability, support and ensures a secure and customized fit. The lace pockets on it’s tongue store laces safely out of the way.

Unlike other trail shoe in the market the XA Pro 3D ultra GTX meet the needs of the trail runner. It is equip with the triple density EVA mid-soles that delivers enhanced durability and cushioning for all-day comfort during run , while the 3D Advance Chassis and energy cell outsole protect, stablize and spread weight across a wide low platforn, at the same providing pronation support and forefoot protection.

Feet will feel protected always as the XA Pro 3D ultra GTX is equip with a mud guard, protective toe cap and a gusted tongue that will keep debris out and protect feet when running on the uneven terrain against the element.

As an Avid trail runner and outdoor instructor, I was able to put the shoe to the test. I personally like enjoyed the XA Pro 3D Ultra as it provide protection for my feet when i’m conducting my regular trail hikes. I am able to walk/ run across puddles and mud without worrying about my feet getting wet,  muddy or even worry that sands and other debris getting into the shoe. Running with the XA Pro 3D ultra is exhilarating as it feels like driving a hummer in the woods, build for harsh condition like snow and desert, our local terrain is overkill for the superior Countragrip outsole  which provide excellent tractions and grip.

I worn the XA Pro 3D ultra often especially when running on trails and beach. I recently worn them for the Tour D’Trail in September in Mac Ritchie Reservoir and the recent New Balance Real Run in Changi Exhibition Centre back in October.

My experience running with it has been good, it provides good protection, stability and support when running in uneven terrain despite being a slightly heavy (403g). Running on trail and sand is a breeze but I personally feel that running on road with them tend to be a little difficult as it’s sole is slightly heavier and thicker thus it feels a little restricted when running as it is hard and it lacks flexibility.

Overall this an awesome shoe for anyone who are going into trail running as there is nothing better than a good pair of waterproof excellent gripping sole with good arch support trail shoes to help one complete the unpredictable trail race with ease.

The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX is available in Singapore at all World Of Sports Store.

Fun Fact

  • Available in Male and Female Version
  • A non GORE-TEX® version,  Salomon XA Pro 3D ultra is still available.

Cheers! (:

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