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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
$110
Weight
Men: 10.2oz
Women: 8.8oz
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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 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Great traction that that stands out, especially on wet surfaces, according to a large majority of runners.
  • The 2nd version of the Salomon X Mission offers a roomy toe box that does not only make runners comfortable, but also gives a secure fit.
  • The X Mission 2 includes a Stretch Air Mesh that maximizes the comfort and breathability of this trail shoe.
  • Some runners gave credit to its lacing system that lets the laces stay tight throughout the duration of their run.
  • The Salomon X Mission 2 is a great choice for long distance trail running.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Has a stiff material that makes the midsole too rigid.
  • According to a few runners, after a few months of normal wear, the shoe's mesh developed holes on it.
  • Some of its color combinations are just a bit off.

Bottom line

The Salomon X Mission 2 is a trail running shoe that perfectly caters to the needs of adventurous trail enthusiasts. Moreover, it also features more stability and motion control. Daily training is ideal for this trail shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 1358 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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2 star
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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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85 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jim Coulson • Level 4 expert

    I will say that it is definitely a far better trail shoe than a road shoe.

  • 94 / 100 by Trail Runner Nation • Trail Runner Nation • Level 2 expert

    I was surprised to “feel” the trail under my feet so I could respond quickly to the terrain. My toes have plenty of room in the shoe to splay.

  • 88 / 100 by My Running Addiction • My Running Addiction • Level 2 expert

    The XR Mission are the most well rounded training shoe, I’ve ran in in the last two months for gym, trail running, road running and even to work.

  • 85 / 100 by My Running Addiction • My Running Addiction • Level 2 expert

    The XR Missions provide grip when you need it but have a less aggressive lug pattern than spikes or off-road shoes, making them a great choice for the long distance trail runner who needs comfort as well as support.

  • 82 / 100 by PC Trail Runner • PC Trail Runner • Level 2 expert

    You don’t want to make this your only road shoe, but it can be taken on smaller runs on just road.

  • 82 / 100 by Feed the Habit • Jason Mitchell • Level 2 expert

    Rounding these out, I did find one oddity in the toebox. These are high-volume in the forefoot and not necessarily for a wide foot, but moreso in the height. I’m getting about 1/2 inch air gap between my toes and the uppers.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Matt • Level 2 expert

    I wanted so badly to love this shoe. It has Salomon's sturdy build quality and a comfortable upper, but I didn't feel at home in the mid/outsole.

  • 93 / 100 by The Great Outdoors • Daniel Neilson • Level 1 expert

    I really like the cinch lacing system and the eyelets that allows the laces to pull evenly and stay tight. 

  • 88 / 100 by Yo Momma Runs • Yo Momma Runs • Level 1 expert

    First thing I noticed and loved about the Salomon XR Mission is that the exterior is tough, like jagged rocks and sticks resistant tough. 

  • 80 / 100 by Gear Institute • Scott Boulbol • Level 1 expert

    The unusual “hourglass” shape will mean a difficult fit (even painful in my case) for many runners with the mid-foot too narrow and the toe box too wide and sloppy.

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Updates to Salomon X Mission 2

  • Salomon made several changes in the 2nd version of the X Mission to upgrade its performance as a hybrid shoe that can tackle both trail and road. One subtle change is the use of additional, but thinner overlays. The idea is to provide exceptional support while adding a little adaptability and flexibility to the upper.
  • Breathability is improved as well with a more breathable tongue. It is an enhancement that will make running cool and dry every step of the way.
  • Salomon revisions the outsole as well. There are currently more rubber pods on the outsole for a little improvement in traction and cushioning. Runners will clearly notice the effects of the bigger forefoot grooves. These grooves add a good amount of flexibility and enhanced transitions.

Salomon X Mission 2 size and fit

The fit and sizing of the Salomon X Mission 2 resembles that of the original model. As the shoe offers the standard width in the heel, snugness in the midfoot, and a little more room in the forefoot, runners will naturally be able to enjoy this fit. Available width is medium for the men’s and women’s while sizing is from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

There are two top notch technologies in the outsole that help the X Mission’s quality performance. The Contagrip rubber is a proven technology that works really well on different surfaces and in different conditions. Another version of this technology is the Contagrip HA that delivers excellent durability in this area. The fairly aggressive treads enable runners to transition from road to trail without too much effort. Acting like a natural tendon that allows a natural foot movement is the OS Tendon. It helps with the natural balance and flexibility of the shoe.


Midsole

A standard EVA handles most of the responsive cushioning and midsole durability in this shoe. Salomon added the exclusive LT Muscle foam in this section for more shock-absorption and durability.


Upper

Salomon utilizes an air mesh in the upper for proven breathability while the overlays never fail to add support and structure. The company-exclusive Sensifit uses the coordination of the sole, the midfoot, and the upper for a truly foot-hugging wrap. A QuickLace System that is made of top-grade material helps runners get their most comfortable fit. Runners who often take their runs on the trail will find a TPU-made toe cap, a gusseted tongue, and a lace pocket extremely handy.