DiscontinuedUpdate: Salomon X-Mission 3
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.
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WeightMen: 10.2ozWomen: 8.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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 heightMen: 32mmWomen: 31mm
Forefoot heightMen: 22mmWomen: 21mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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85 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews
I will say that it is definitely a far better trail shoe than a road shoe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You don’t want to make this your only road shoe, but it can be taken on smaller runs on just road.
- 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.