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. The shoe received several positive comments from users but there are also who are not happy. Overall, the Salomon is still a reliable lightweight trail companion.



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Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 82 / 100 | Feed the Habit | | Level 3 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.

  • 94 / 100 | 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 | 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 | 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.

  • 70 / 100 | Running Warehouse | | 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.

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  • 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.

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.

There are two top-notch technologies in the outsole that help the X Mission’s quality performance. Just like in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, one of the technologies in this shoe is the Contagrip rubber.  It 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.

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.

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.

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.