• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    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.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Mar 2018
  • Special editions
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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Trail & Kale

    The Salomon XA Elevate gave me a really fun and protected ride on gnarly trails. They also offered me excellent uphill speed. I managed to make it to the top of my local hill faster than usual and the only reason I needed to take a break at the top was to take a picture of the shoes with the stunning San Francisco backdrop.

  • 83 / 100 | Gear Institute

    The new Salomon XA Elevate is a performance-oriented trail runner with terrific agility, ample protection, and aggressive tread. Our wear-testers could run with confidence up and down just about any type of terrain in any weather, from loose rock to wet roots to hard-pack snow and ice.

  • 85 / 100 | Trail Sisters

    They take on rugged terrain without feeling heavy or clunky, and offer solid protection from the elements. I will be reaching for these for my future trail runs, and races, too!

  • First look / Unboxing | Shop Zappos

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Updates to Salomon XA Elevate

  • With the Salomon XA Elevate, runners are encouraged to “elevate” their runs up a level, as the shoe capably handles all kinds of trails in both wet and dry environments. Additionally, the shoe effortlessly undertakes long distances.
  • An open mesh upper invites optimal airflow, and it is also lightweight to reduce the foot’s exertion in carrying the shoe. It also features a few of Salomon’s tried-and-tested technologies, including the Sensifit™ and the Quicklace™.
  • The EnergyCell+ midsole allows a bouncy ride without scrimping on underfoot protection and comfort. Beneath it sits the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip®, which guarantees the runner a superior performance without worrying about the surface condition.

Salomon XA Elevate size and fit

The Salomon XA Elevate has a standard running shoe length. Its overall construction, from the forefoot to the heel, caters to wearers with low to medium foot volumes. Runners who prefer a wide toe splay could try a half-size up to achieve a more comfortable fit. The shoe comes in medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions.


Salomon’s Premium Wet Traction Contagrip® makes an appearance in the XA Elevate, which is only fitting because the shoe is meant for the trails. With this outsole, the runner is more confident to go through even the most rugged terrain.


The XA Elevate uses EnergyCell+ in the midsole, which is a unique material out of foam. The EnergyCell+ is lightweight, and it offers a soft cushioning, as well as a long-lasting rebound. While the weight might be insubstantial, the level of durability and energy return is considerable.

The EnergyCell+ is part of a dual-density structure that makes up the bulk of the midsole of the XA Elevate. The other part, called the Advanced Chassis™, is located underneath the EnergyCell+.

For underfoot support, the shoe has Advanced Chassis™. This feature works by balancing motion control, forward propulsion, and energy management, resulting in a responsive and stable ride.

Within the midsole is a thin thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) unit, named the Profeel Film. It provides overall underfoot support. This detail is essential during the transition, enabling a consistent stride and a steady toe-off for a smooth running experience.

Delivering an added layer of cushioning is a molded EVA sock liner. It has hygienic properties that help reduce moisture and odor.


The upper of the XA Elevate is a breathable mesh that has an open construction, which aims for maximum airflow that permits ample foot ventilation and quick-drying effects.

Salomon’s overlay structure, the Sensifit™, is installed in the midfoot area. The Sensifit™ gives a secure wrap to hold the foot in place, preventing unnecessary movements during the run.

For a swift and convenient way of wearing the shoe, there is a Quicklace™ system that tightens the fit in a single pull. A pocket on the tongue permits storage, so the laces could be quickly taken out of the way, thus minimizing distractions.

A protective synthetic toe cap supplies the shoe a sturdy yet comfortable shield against trail elements that could potentially cause injuries.