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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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.
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Heel heightMen: 28mmWomen: 28mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
Release dateApr 2017
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- Salomon’s biggest modification in this shoe is also the reason why the regular X-Mission 3 has been changed into a shoe with the CS suffix. The new technology provides waterproofing, particularly around the forefoot.
- Besides the weather-resistant upper, the outsole undergoes a huge facelift as well. Compared to the past version of the regular X-Mission, this shoe has slightly more substantial lugs that are strategically placed for better traction, even on some technical trail.
- Despite the updates in the lugs, the shoe still handles road work pretty well.
- The new upper is quite breathable despite the waterproofing. It also does a good job of keeping dirt, debris, and mud off of the upper.
The Salomon’s X-Mission 3 CS has a fit that is basically patterned after the standard model. It has a snug fit all over. The substantial overlays put a serious hold on the midfoot while the asymmetrical heel counter prevents slippage or heel lifting. There is just enough space in the toe box and the forefoot to accommodate mid-run swelling. Salomon says that the shoe runs true to size.
Just like in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, the outsole of the Salomon X-Mission 3 CS is covered with numerous lugs in varying sizes from the forefoot to the heel to increase the shoe’s grip on the trail. Most of the underfoot is carpeted by High Abrasion Contagrip, which is designed for superior traction, even on man-made surfaces and in the most challenging conditions. The flexibility is because of the huge forefoot grooves, both vertical and horizontal in nature.
An injection molded EVA spans the whole midsole for durable and resilient cushioning. As with any full-length coverage, there is improved transition through the gait cycle. The midsole provides reliable cushioning for a good number of miles.
The huge overlays on both sides of the shoe, called the Sensifit, hugs the foot in support and security. This is paired with the asymmetrical Sensiflex to thoroughly lock down the foot from the heel to the forefoot. There are several trail-specific features in the upper including the Lace Garage where the convenient QuickLace system is stored, a TPU toe bumper to prevent stubbing, and an anti-debris and mud mesh. The mesh itself is lined with CS or ClimaShield technology for waterproofing.