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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra £80.95

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Kit Reviews

I was recently sent a pair of Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra shoes to test from Fitness Footwear & as I’d already entered the Lakeland 100 thought this would be the greatest test for a pair of trail shoes.

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra

I’d done a recce of the race in a pair of Saucony ProGrid Jazz 12 TR the week earlier & the soles tore off in places due to the large amount of sharp stones on the course. All shoes are a compromise in some way between being hard and lasting longer or soft & wearing out quicker. The XA Pro has a hard sole which adds good stability & pronation control by using triple density EVA. They don’t have the deep tread pattern of a full fell shoe but more of an aggressive road shoe. Salomon have also incorporated some great technology into the XA Pro, I like the lacing system which you can just pull to tighten or slacken & then tuck into a small pocket which is built into the tong. This stops the annoying problem of laces catching on things and coming loose which is not what you want when your feet are covered in mud and wet through! They also have a loop on the back which is big enough to put your finger in to pull them on, I found this useful when at 50 miles into the race I changed my socks & the shoes were muddy. Salomon also do a Gore-Tex version of the XA Pro called the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX exactly the same shoe but with a Gore-Tex upper. The front of the XA Pro has a hard rubber toecap which protects your feet if you stumble or kick any rocks, I seemed to be tripping over large stones quite a lot on the two night sections of the UTLD 100 & made good use of this. Nothing broke on the 104 continuous miles of my race & my feet are in pretty good shape. So overall I liked the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra a good solid shoe which should last well.

What’s Good?

Lacing system with pocket

Loop in the back

Good stability

Hard wearing

What’s Bad?

If you have wide feet you may need the M+ which is wider

Overall 4/5

Happy Running!

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