Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A few runners were impressed by the foothold feature of the Salomon X-Scream 3D that is very efficient on dynamic directional changes.
  • It features a quick lacing system for easy-on and easy-off.
  • The multi-surface grip of the shoe is very effective especially on wet and soft surfaces, said some reviews.
  • This shoe offers a responsive ride and very consistent even on uneven surfaces, according to some comments.
  • Available in several color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners experienced heel blisters after long distance runs.
  • Others felt that the X-Scream 3D is a bit heavy.
  • A moderately high-priced shoe.

Bottom line

The Salomon X-Scream 3D is a neutral running shoe that offers impressive traction on different surfaces. It has a reliable construction and design. This shoe will never disappoint, especially for runners who are looking for a responsive, well-cushioned ride. Overall, the shoe offers above-average performance on the road.

Facts

Rankings

A top 2% best Trail running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this June

Expert Reviews

82 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Gearist | | Level 5 expert

    The whole shoe is made with quality materials and seems to be well thought out with all the outsole/midsole layers.

  • 75 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    Sturdy multitasker.

  • 90 / 100 | Pris Chew Dot Com | | Level 3 expert

    A versatile multitasking shoe that can easily adapt to a variety of urban terrains, the Salomon X-Scream 3D is part of Salomon’s CITY TRAIL range, an adaptive series of lifestyle footwear that runners can use for running anywhere in the urban landscape.

  • 83 / 100 | Running Monkey | Level 3 expert

    It’s heavy for a ‘straight’ road shoe, but that ruggedness (and comfort) will deliver miles of pavement pounding with the advantage of being safe in the knowledge that trails are not beyond their capabilities.

  • 68 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 3 expert

    With the X-Scream 3D, Salomon carried over many of its innovated trail technologies into an ultra-stable hybrid road shoe with mixed success. The X-Scream 3D excels in construction of it’s upper, but the shoe falls short in performance.

  • 88 / 100 | Trail & Kale | | Level 2 expert

    If you like to run on trails, but the reality is for most runs you are going to either be on pavement, tracks or roads for a significant proportion of your run to/from the trail (or park), then these would be a good option. I wouldn’t say they replace true ‘trail’ shoes but they definitely bring something different and fill the gap in my existing shoe collection between road (Cloudsurfers) and trail (Gel-Fuji Trainer 3s or Speedcross 3s) and I’ll definitely be getting a lot of good use out of these in the trails around home, Ashton Court in Bristol and any race involving off-road as well as a significant amount of hard surface running (like the Bath Very Long Half, for example).

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  • The Salomon X-Scream 3D features the Salomon’s innovative 3D fit, 3D grip and 3D ride. The 3D fit secures the foot comfortably thought the Sensifit overlays and quick lace system. The 3D grip features the multi-density and multi-pattern lugs that delivers multi-surface grip – wet, hard and soft surfaces. The 3D ride delivers a smoother and well-cushioning ride even on uneven surfaces.

The X-Scream 3D fits large and purchasing a half size small than the actual running shoe size is advisable. The midfoot, heel and forefoot are of standard measurements. It is ideal for runners with medium foot shape and size. However, those with slightly wider foot can also experience a comfortable fit on this shoe. Salomon is offering in shoe in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s versions respectively.


Similar to the well known Salomon Sense Ride 2, the outsole of the X-Scream 3D uses the brand’s Contagrip technology that delivers reliable traction on various terrains. This technology is designed to help runners tackle wet surfaces without slipping.

The shoe also comes with the Salomon’s OS Tendon System that acts as a real tendon, providing balance and flexibility needed for an efficient and smooth heel to toe transition.


The midsole uses the full length injected EVA for enhanced underfoot cushioning. It works perfectly with the Salomon LT Muscle that is made lightweight and gives added cushioning when needed. The LT Muscle is designed to absorb shock during impact for a more responsive ride.


The Salomon X-Scream 3D uses an open mesh on its upper for a more breathable and lightweight coverage. It is made from quick drying material to keep feet cool and dry during the entire run. It also comes with the Sensiflex fabric that allows foot expansion for a more comfortable fit. It also comes with a protective rubber toe cap that protects the toes against bruising. The Sensifit overlays wraps the foot securely for a comfortable fit. The shoe features the brand’s quick lacing system for an efficient ride. It also comes with a lace pocket that tucks away the laces for the entire run.

Author
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.

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