Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A lot of reviewers have complimented the Salomon X Alpine Pro for being very flexible. 
  • The mesh upper provides superior protection, commented several experts. 
  • Some runners appreciate the flexibility delivered by the shoe. 
  • The shoe offers a secure fit when running; no slippage issues, stated many users. 
  • The traction of the shoe is suited for any type of trail challenge, commended some reviewers. 
  • Numerous testers have recognized the heel collar of the X AlpinePro for the exceptional heel hold it offers. 
  • Many people claim that the EnergyCell midsole of the shoe is very supportive. 
  • Treading through different terrains, the shoe has been able to provide sufficient stability, mentioned many experts.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Salomon X Alpine Pro takes some time to break in, remarked some of the wearers. 
  • The shoe can be too firm, commented some runners. 
  • Some of the people have stated that the shoe is too expensive. 
  • According to some users, the shoe is too heavy. 

Bottom line

Salomon has once again effectively used its years of crafting trail running shoes by producing the Salomon X Alpine Pro. Although not feathery light, this shoe has kept its promise of delivering exceptional durability and grip. Many of the runners are very pleased with the level of protection it offers. Given all the technical components of the shoe, many experts claim that this shoe can practically tread through any type of terrain. 

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
It has never been more popular than this June

Expert Reviews

92 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | Seth James DeMoor | Level 4 expert

    A lot of good, high durability in this Salomon X Alpine/Pro.

  • 94 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 2 expert

    One of the best trail shoe upper I've ever experienced.

  • 96 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The X Alpine Pro was at the top of my most anticipated new shoe list for 2019 and it did not disappoint... [it] adds upper protection, a slightly wider toe box with no sacrifice in security/control an improved outsole for greater versatility in mountain terrain and increased forefoot flexibility while maintaining excellent protection under foot.

  • 93 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    If your feet are well-conditioned, strong, and ideally accustomed to a little time actually barefoot, these are likely to be a pleasing trail running shoe for smoother trails.

  • 88 / 100 | Andrew Skurka | Level 3 expert

    Unique in the outsole is the single wide “climbing zone” lug across the toes. This approach shoe-like feature sticks well to clean rock, but compared to a more conventional pattern of smaller lugs I thought it’s performance was inferior on loose sand, mud, and wet grass.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 3 expert

    The X Alpine Pro is a bit more secure and offers a wider toe box without jeopardizing other key attributes.

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- Built for a precise foothold and ride, the Salomon X Alpine Pro promises to upgrade your mountain running experience with its reliable technical features. 

- Situated on the forefoot, a climbing zone of the shoe offers superior grip and added durability when climbing or scrambling. 

- The Contragrip® TA of the shoe helps deliver added durability and traction regardless of surface and condition. It also features aggressive lugs that enable the sticky grip of the shoe. 

- For maximized motion control and energy management, Advanced Chassis™ is equipped in between the X Alpine/Pro’s midsole and outsole. 

SensiFit™ technology hugs the foot from the midsole to the lacing system to provide a customized and snug fit. EndoFit™, on the other hand, improves foot wrapping to further security. The Quicklace™ lacing system of the shoe offers minimalistic and strong lace for convenient shoe entry and exit while delivering an adjustable fit.  

The outsole of the Salomon X Alpine Pro is composed of Contragrip® TA rubber outsole, supplying exceptional traction and protects the shoe from abrasive elements when running. It features aggressive multi-directional lugs that increase its traction on varied surfaces and conditions. 

This trail running shoe features a climbing zone, a part of the forefoot that delivers the shoe’s sticky grip and transmission for smearing and edging. It is modeled after climbing/approach shoes. 

The EnergyCell midsole of the Salomon X Alpine Pro is composed of injected EVA  that attenuates shock and helps pronounce the comfort the shoe delivers. 

A lightweight Advanced Chassis™ system is placed in between the shoe’s midsole and outsole. This delivers a stable, efficient, and responsive ride by maximizing the motion control, propulsion and energy management of the shoe.  

A molded OrthoLite® insole mimics the natural shape of the foot for long-lasting underfoot support and comfort. This is also found in the Brooks Transcend 6

The X Alpine Pro’s anti-debris mesh upper is a tightly knitted mesh that prevents the entry of abrasive elements and dirt into the shoe while providing flexibility and breathability. 

Quicklace™ system allows the adjustable and secure fit of the shoe. For the lacing system’s storage, lace pockets are furnished to the upper of the shoe. 

EndoFit™  inner sleeve construction is designed to improve the fit of the shoe and feedback. 

SensiFit™ cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, providing an accurate and secure fit around the foot. 

A protective rubber toe cap is employed to add to the protection of the shoe. For lateral and medial protection, a protective mudguard is furnished to the upper. 

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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