Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many of the reviewers loved the comfortable fit of the X-Scream Foil.
  • The entirely seamless upper ensures an irritant free coverage.
  • Several runners appreciated the exceptional durability of this shoe.
  • The price is bang for the buck, as expressed by a good number of reviewers.
  • It runs quite nimbly despite its size, according to a few comments.
  • The shoe comes in more vibrant color combinations than the usual black and red of most Salomon shoes.
  • A handful of runners have received compliments regarding the looks of their shoe.
  • Some reviewers mentioned that the traction is hands down the best part of the shoe.
  • Several runners loved the X-Scream Foil’s versatility as it can work on the road and on the trail.
  • The responsiveness of the midsole was appreciated by more than a few users.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners noticed that it felt a little heavy.
  • A handful noted that the outsole gathers mud easily.
  • A small number of runners noticed that it runs a little narrow.

Bottom line

Salomon provides another option in the X-Scream line by coming up with the Foil. The shoe has tons of traction, superb comfort, and the protection for the runner for miles of daily training. It is an attractive option for entry-level runners because this is a lot of shoe for a very reasonable price with the kind of performance and durability that are usually associated with more expensive choices.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
It has never been more popular than this May
  • Salomon introduces the X-Scream Foil as superior where grip and durability goes. It gets the job done by using a variety of shapes in the countless lugs in the underfoot. The presence of the Wet Traction Contagrip rubber also ensures that the traction is as good as it can possibly be in this trail shoe.
  • The proprietary design of the overlays keeps the foot secure and supported, especially in difficult and challenging trails. There is plenty of support coming from the overlays without restricting the movement of the runner. Breathability is guaranteed by a very open mesh. Running in humid climates is a breeze with the sort of mesh upper that the shoe offers.
  • A 3D Profeel Film and a sturdy toe bumper are two of the trail-specific protection schemes found in this shoe. The former protects the foot against sharp objects underfoot while the latter is designed to prevent the toes from getting bruised.

Salomon uses a standard fit in the X-Scream Foil. Giving the foot a very nice wrap is the inner cleatie construction. The heel and the midfoot have decent room with more than adequate hold or security when running on rugged trails. It also offers enough space in the forefoot for a natural splay of the toes. The shoe generally runs true to size.


The countless lugs using different shapes are the most apparent features of the outsole. It provides multi-directional grip to the runner. The brand-exclusive Wet Traction Contagrip works as designed as it allows the runner serious traction in wet conditions. There is decent flexibility in this shoe in spite of the thick cushioning and outsole rubber because of the flex grooves in the forefoot.


Salomon uses a mix of injection molded and compression molded EVA in the midsole of the X-Scream Foil. They span the entire length of the shoe for consistent cushioning and enhanced transition through the gait cycle. The softer foam lies on top of the firmer foam for the right blend of cushioning and responsiveness. A ProFeel film between the midsole and the outsole protects the foot against sharp objects.


The upper of the Salomon X-Scream Foil is entirely seamless. Same as in the popular Salomon Speedcross 5, it relies on the proprietary SensiFit overlays to lock down the foot and provide support right where the runner needs it. Salomon partners the overlays with a very luxurious cleatie for more of that foot-hugging support and comfort. The heel uses an EVA heel cup for stability and support in the rear section of the shoe. Inside the shoe is an Ortholite Sockliner that offers anti-microbial and anti-odor properties. It also enhances the cushioning of the X-Scream Foil.

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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