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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
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WeightMen: 10.6ozWomen: 9.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
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 heightMen: 26mmWomen: 26mm
Forefoot heightMen: 17mmWomen: 17mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard, Wide
Release dateFeb 2017
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84 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
They're fantastic on the trails. At only 300 grams, you can just fly through those mountain trails.
If you’re looking for a bombproof trail shoe, that offers tons of protection, stability, and sure footedness, the XA Enduro should be at the top of your shopping list.
To really enjoy these shoes on less technical terrain you would have to like a traditional drop and firmer / more responsive ride. Fans of maximal cushioning should look elsewhere.
Long distance this shoe is reassuring; it doesn’t allow anything to enter the shoe thanks to its well-designed gaiter. It could do with a little more cushioning when fatigue starts setting in.
Updates to Salomon XA Enduro
- The upper of the shoe features the protective gaiter that is integrated into the upper of the shoe. The gaiter is stretchable enough to hug the foot comfortably and it effectively prevents the trail debris from getting into the shoe while running.
- For a strong and stable heel, the Salomon XA Enduro utilizes an advanced chassis. It provides the heel a steady platform designed for efficient movement throughout the gait cycle.
- The shoe also features the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip® outsole. This rubber compound provides maximum grip while running on wet and muddy surfaces. It also gives durability in high-wear areas.
Salomon XA Enduro size and fit
The Salomon XA Enduro is available in standard running shoe length. It is available in a standard width for both men and women’s version. The shoe has medium measurements in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot, providing those wearers with medium foot-shapes a comfortable and secure fit.
The presence of the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip® technology in the outsole offers a durable grip even on wet and muddy surfaces. It also gives the sole unit the necessary protection against the damaging nature of the trail. The treads are distributed evenly in the outsole and they provide the necessary traction for downhill and uphill runs.
The midsole of the shoe utilizes the dual-density EVA foam. It is designed to deliver durable cushioning for underfoot protection and stability. The foam remains light while it provides shock absorption and energy return for a more responsive ride.
For additional underfoot cushioning, the shoe uses a molded EVA sockliner. It is also specifically inserted into the shoe for enhanced fit.
The advanced chassis in the heel area provides the heel a more stable platform. It is necessary for stability, promoting an efficient foot movement throughout the gait cycle.
Also present in the midsole is the Profeel Film material. It is a thin TPU film that provides midfoot protection and support while keeping the ground feel unaffected. It provides foot support during the heel-to-toe transition and enhances the overall performance of the shoe during toe-off.
The upper of the Salomon XA Enduro utilizes an open mesh material that provides breathable coverage for a well-ventilated running experience. This fabric also has a quick-drying feature, which is necessary in keeping the foot dry all throughout the run.
One of the notable aspects of the XA Enduro is the protective stretch gaiter. The gaiter is integrated into the upper of the shoe. It is designed to prevent trail debris from getting into the shoe while running.
Just like in the popular Salomon Speedcross 5, the shoe also features the Salomon’s Quicklace™ system with friction-free eyelets. It facilitates one-pull tightening and quick loosening of the laces for an easy-on and easy-off of the foot.