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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.


Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.7oz | Women: 7.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm
Forefoot height: Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm
Brand: Salomon
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $160
Colorways: Red
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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Gearist | | 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 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | 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 | Gearist | | 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 | Running Shoes Guru | | 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 | 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."

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  • 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.

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.

Same as in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, 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.

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.

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.