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

4 reasons to buy

  • The Salomon X-Tour 2 features an anti-debris mesh upper that keeps dirt and debris outs.
  • The OrthoLite sockline with anti-bacterial material keeps shoe dry and reduces odor while adding underfoot cushioning.
  • It features a multi-surface grip that provides good traction while running on wet, dry, soft and hard surfaces.
  • Some runners took note of the precise fit of the Salomon X-Tour 2.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the upper is not as breathable as expected.
  • This shoe is not comfortable according to some reviews.

Bottom line

The Salomon X-Tour 2 is a road running shoe that offers a combination of cushioning, protection, decent arch support, and comfort. With the Salomon technologies incorporated, this shoe will not disappoint when used on the roads. It is a great partner for uptempo training and can survive both short and long runs.


  • To enhance the performance of a shoe that is designed to tackle city trails or both road and light outdoor surfaces, Salomon presented changes in the outsole to make the X-Tour 2 a really versatile ride. Instead of the moderately aggressive and fewer Chevron lugs, Salomon completely revamped the outsole with numerous smaller, pentagonal lugs. It is an update that will allow runners to effortlessly shift from road to light trail or vice versa with ease.
  • The cut that ran from the heel to the midfoot has been removed. Salomon is currently using deep flex grooves in the forefoot to add flexibility to the shoe.
  • Concerns about a really stiff heel are answered by a new material that is larger, but a bit more flexible than the past model. This update gives the foot a locked down feel in the heel without being too rigid for comfort.

The fit and sizing of the 2nd installment of the X-Tour follows the past version. These are standard measurements that should make most runners happy. The heel and midfoot are snug without feeling constrictive while the upper has enough room for the toes to splay comfortably. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

Similar to the well known Salomon Speedcross 5, the famed Contagrip outsole rubber compound gives the shoe excellent stickiness for different types of terrains. As mentioned, the underfoot features a good number of pentagonal lugs that are multi-directional by nature. Whether it is on the road or light trail, the rubber configuration and the sticky compound will more than hold their own. Flex grooves are utilized in the forefoot for added stability.

The midsole is a combination of two industry-grade EVA. Salomon slots the injected EVA or IMEVA right above the outsole rubber for added protection and impact absorption while the compressed and softer version of the EVA sits on top of the injected version. Both of these foams have adequate durability and cushioning properties.

The upper is made of a very breathable mesh and synthetic overlays that help hold the foot in place. Despite being seamlessly placed in the upper, the overlays do a good job of providing security in the midfoot and overall shoe structure. An Ortholite Sockliner delivers anti-microbial and moisture-wicking features besides the added comfort and fit it brings. The heel sports a new suede material that is slightly more flexible than before. It effectively cradles the heel in comfort and support without the added stiffness.

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.