Here I have got the Salomon XA Pro 3D men’s shoe. This is an all around adventure shoe, so I can see this as being for fast and light backpacking or hiking, also used for trail running on rugged terrain.
With this shoe there is an excellent balance of support and comfort. So if we start... Salomon has built this shoe on their solid 3D chassis. So you can see it here in the heel, but it runs throughout the shoe. You have extra cushioning with the EVA foam that runs through the mid sole there and that just offers extra cushioning and extra comfort. You do have a removable ortho light foot bed, which gives additional comfort and cushioning and is easy to take out if you need to replace it with your own foot bed or orthotics. So definitely a great option, lots of comfort in there.
The mostly mesh upper is rally breathable. So should it become wet, it will dry out a lot faster compared to a waterproof shoe if the inside of the shoe becomes wet. And we can see these overlays which give some extra durability and as you cinch down the laces this really cushions and, you know, tightens down on your foot. As well, on the inside of the shoe the tongue is Salomon’s endo-fit. So there is actually a piece that fits over top of your foot on the inside and it gives excellent stability. So once you cinch down these laces that endo-fit piece is rally going to be comfortable. It cuts down on hot spots and really cinches down nice on your feet.
We go to the bottom of the shoe. This is Salomon’s contra-grip outsole which means that it is very durable and very aggressive on the trail. These lugs give you extra traction on trails and on uneven terrain and just a lot of traction throughout there.
If we look at the platform, this does have a 21 millimeter heel height and an 11 millimeter four foot height. So you do have a 10 millimeter drop which is pretty typical with trail shoes in this category.
It has got a pretty protective toe cap along with the mud guard behind it. So if you do get into muddy conditions or wet conditions, it is going to protect you a little bit better, you know, before water and mud begins to seep into the shoe.
Some other features: you do have asymmetrical lacing which is going to cut down on your feet falling asleep. You do have the lace pocket right here so once you cinch that down you can tuck this piece and the rest of the lace into that pocket.
All in all, with a combination of support, durability, comfort and protection with these shoes, it is an all around adventure shoe. It is the Salomon XA Pro.
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