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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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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
    $180
  • Weight
    Men: 7.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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  • The second iteration of the Salomon S-Lab XA Amphib promises a lighter structure than ever before. While it is still designed for swim-run activities, the second S-Lab XA Amphib levels up by providing a faster and more efficient gear for athletes, in both wet and dry conditions.
  • The upper of this shoe has a quick-drying capability that enhances the shoe’s durability and protective nature. It is aided by a variety of Salomon’s shoe technologies that contribute to a precise and comfortable fit.
  • Meanwhile, the sole unit is comprised of an improved version of the brand’s EnergyCell+, which lends a lighter design to the S-Lab XA Amphib 2, as well as an updated Contagrip rubber compound in the outsole for maximum durability and adhesion.

The second iteration of the Salomon S-Lab XA Amphib promises a lighter structure than ever before. While it is still designed for swim-run activities, the second S-Lab XA Amphib levels up by providing a faster and more efficient gear for athletes, in both wet and dry conditions.

The upper of this shoe has a quick-drying capability that enhances the shoe’s durability and protective nature. It is aided by a variety of Salomon’s shoe technologies that contribute to a precise and comfortable fit.

Meanwhile, the sole unit is comprised of an improved version of the brand’s EnergyCell+, which lends a lighter design to the S-Lab XA Amphib 2, as well as an updated Contagrip rubber compound in the outsole for maximum durability and adhesion.

The S-Lab XA Amphib 2 presents a slight change in the outsole material. From the first version’s Premium Wet Traction Contagrip, the shoe now uses an improved version, called the Contagrip TA. The TA stands for traction and adhesion, and this new rubber compound is specially designed to grip on loose, soft, and uneven rugged surfaces. The Contagrip TA equips the S-Lab XA Amphib 2 with deeper and sharper lugs than before, which results in the perfect combination of durability and traction.

An improved version of the EnergyCell+ midsole makes its way into the Salomon S-Lab XA Amphib 2. Now lighter than ever, the material is built to provide unparalleled energy return, coupled with durability and cushioning. EnergyCell+ is made from a dual-density compressed ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), which guarantees a sustained level of cushioning and reduced underfoot shock. The EnergyCell+ could also be found in other popular Salomon shoes, such as the Sense Ride 2.

Beneath the midsole is the Profeel Film, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) frame that is as thin as a film, to efficiently protect the foot without sacrificing ground feel. The Profeel Film supports the rolling of the foot and the shoe during each step.

The upper of the S-Lab XA Amphib 2 is known as Skinguard, a classic mesh material that is injected with TPU for enhanced durability and better coverage and protection on the key areas of the shoe.

Salomon’s Endofit fit sleeve is also present in this shoe. Endofit is found underneath the mesh, as an internal sleeve that gives the foot a sock-like fit and feel. It helps in improving ground feedback, as well.

The Endofit system works hand-in-hand with Sensifit, a set of overlays that cradles the foot, resulting in a closed and secure fit. The Sensifit runs across from the midsole to the lacing system, creating a customized fit for each foot.

The shoe’s lacing system is Quicklace, which presents itself as a set of Kevlar cables that tightens in an easy, one-pull motion. This method allows for the quickest and most convenient way of wearing the shoe. The ends of the laces could also be tucked inside a pocket, which is found on the tongue of the S-Lab XA Amphib 2.

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