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9 reasons to buy

  • Many were completely satisfied with the comfortable ride of the X-Mission 3 CS.
  • Salomon introduces for the first time in the X-Mission series the ClimaShield technology for waterproofing.
  • The versatile traction impressed several fans.
  • It is proven to be a shoe that takes on road and trail with equal ease, based on the reports of more than a handful of reviewers.
  • The QuickLace system offers quick and effortless cinching.
  • It runs relatively light, as noted by a few trail enthusiasts.
  • More than a few appreciated the mesh upper in keeping off debris and mud.
  • The price is right around the alley of hybrid shoes with waterproof features.
  • Breathability is not compromised by the CS technology.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of runners needed break in time.
  • Several reviewers mentioned that the CS version of the X-Mission 3 is a bit narrow and small.

Bottom line

Because of the popular CS technology, Salomon brings the same feature to the 3rd version of the X-Mission and makes it an even more versatile shoe. It is now an all-weather and all-terrain training companion for long days on the road or trail. The shoe has excellent arch support, heel grip, and optimal comfort. Runners who would want to splurge on a shoe that works as advertised can certainly take a serious look at this shoe.


Base model: Salomon X-Mission 3
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Release date: Apr 2017
Brand: Salomon
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $130
Colorways: Multi, Grey
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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.