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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$160
Weight
Men: 7.7oz
Women: 7.7oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Introduces an upper component that is breathable, stretchable and very durable.
  • Many reviewers appreciated the sock-like fit of the upper, making it possible to wear it even without any socks on.
  • Testers were positive about how it helps them to have a smoother and faster-paced transition.
  • The durability of its individual parts makes the entire shoe formidable against many situations.
  • The cushioning is also very reliable, with dual density foam and a molded EVA foam for added plush support.
  • For a version of the S-Lab series of running shoe, this one has a relatively light weight.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were testers who complained about the slight narrowness of the toe area.
  • The lack of color choices also didn’t sit well with some runners.
  • Some said that it generally looks like another Salomon running shoes that was meant for the trails.
  • It originally had a high price.

Bottom line

The S-Lab X-Series from Salomon is one model that’s welcomed by many runners because of its effective features and technologies. It functions as a neutral road running shoe, but its components make it seem like it was made for the trails. Comfortable support and durability are its main purpose.


Rankings


Ratings

4.8 / 5 based on 10 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    It’s agile and peppy on both roads and light trail and I think someone who’s looking for a shoe that can handle both would be remiss if they didn’t try it out.

  • 70 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    I can absolutely see this as being an awesome 5K, 10K, half marathon racing shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The Salomon Sense X-Series is an incredibly light and versatile road trail hybrid. It has a great mix of capabilities at a weight matching or beating the lightest road or trail trainer racers.

  • 78 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    To be honest, if you’ve got the cash and really do need a hybrid shoe, you’d be hard presses to find something that outshines this shoe but still, the price tag will likely give many people pause.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Travis Trampe • Level 4 expert

    "The new X-Series is Salomon’s performance road shoe capable of performing well on varying surfaces from road, urban terrain and light trails."

  • 80 / 100 by Running Competitor • Running Competitor • Level 4 expert

    "The one-pull lacing system was a big hit, both for its ease of use and its ability to cinch down the entire foot with little effort."

  • 88 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Eric Schranz • Level 3 expert

    The Salomon S-Lab X-Series is a low volume, lightweight racer and short trainer that’s designed for the road, but performs just as well on most groomed trails. And dang, they’re really, really fast.

  • 86 / 100 by Trail Run Magazine • Chris Ord • Level 3 expert

    I did also venture onto more technical (if soft underfoot) trails and they performed as well as any other mid-range trail ranger, handling creek crossings (they drained and dried well), bush carpet and slippery rocks with aplomb.

  • 85 / 100 by Endurance Tourist • Endurance Tourist • Level 1 expert

    Believe it or not, I will be wearing my Salomon X-Series shoes for training runs and speed work.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Northwest • David Valentine • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the X-LAB X-SERIES are a welcome addition to the Salomon line and to the road running scene. If you are a fan of their trail shoes, then it’s a no-brainer to pick these up. If you are considering a shoe that’s light, quick, and agile then I would definitely recommend checking these out.

  • 60 / 100 by Trail Run Magazine • Trailrun Magazine • Level 1 expert

    My only complaint about these shoes (when worn in appropriate context in general – they are no mountain muncher) is that I tended to get hot spots on my outer toes.

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Updates to Salomon S-Lab X-Series

  • The Salomon S-Lab X-Series features an enhanced midsole that provides exceptional impact protection. The shoe delivers enough amount of cushioning meant for long distance road running.
  • The upper of the shoe was also improved, delivering a more breathable and comfortable coverage. It was enhanced to improve the fit without adding too much weight on the shoe’s overall construction.

Salomon S-Lab X-Series size and fit

The Salomon S-Lab X-Series is a unisex shoe that is available in men’s size. Women who want to wear this shoe should subtract 1.5 from the actual running shoe to get a nice fit. The midfoot offers a snug fit and the forefoot is spacious. This shoe is available in standard D width.


Outsole

The shoe uses the brand’s premium Contagrip outsole technology that delivers durable traction on wet conditions and varied surfaces. The dynamic traction utilizes the offset lugs that delivers unparallel grip on both hard and loose surfaces.


Midsole

The midsole of the shoe uses the Dual-Density Molded EVA midsole that delivers superb underfoot cushioning and stability. This works perfectly with the brand’s ProFeel Film element that delivers additional midfoot protection without affecting ground feel.


Upper

The Salomon S-Lab X-Series uses the open mesh upper that is breathable and quick-drying in nature. The shoe also features the brand’s SensiFit and EndoFit technologies that give the foot a secure yet comfortable fit. The asymmetrical quick lacing system provides an easy shoe entry and exit while giving a secure fit. It also comes with lace pockets that tuck the laces out of the way all throughout the run.