Facts

Terrain

Road

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

Trail

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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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
$160
Weight
Men: 10.6oz
Women: 9.8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 9mm
Women: 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.

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Road

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

Trail

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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A few wearers were satisfied with the stretchable gaiter that prevented trail-debris from getting into the shoe.
  • The majority of runners admired the impressive traction of the Salomon XA Enduro over technical terrains.
  • Some runners liked the firm yet comfortable cushioning of the shoe.
  • Most of the wearers noted the durable outsole of the XA Enduro.
  • The upper mesh is breathable enough, especially in warm weather conditions, based on some reviews.
  • A couple of users mentioned that the heel section of the upper unit held the foot securely while running downhill.
  • Several runners were happy with the shoe’s wide toe-box.
  • The automatic lacing system of the shoe gained positive impressions from a few consumers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to few reviewers, the shoe is slightly expensive.
  • After wearing the shoe several times, the protective gaiter started to stretch out and lose its structure, said a few testers.

Bottom line

Generally, the Salomon XA Enduro gained positive feedback from a lot of trail enthusiasts. They were satisfied with the shoe’s durable construction, reliable grip, and protective features that are all necessary for a better trail running experience.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 23 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
17%
3 star
9%
2 star
0%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 by Running Dutchie • Running Dutchie • Level 1 expert

    They're fantastic on the trails. At only 300 grams, you can just fly through those mountain trails.

  • 87 / 100 by Trail to Peak • Drew Robinson • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 82 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Ben Zuehlsdorf • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 95 / 100 by Active Traveller • Active Traveller • Level 2 expert

    A high end, great looking shoe with some fantastic features, the XA Enduro is destined to appeal to a wide range of trail enthusiasts committed to pushing their boundaries off road.

  • 89 / 100 by James Mackeddie • James Mackeddie • Level 2 expert

    So the XA Enduro, a little bit of this, combined with a little bit of that has created probably Salomon’s most versatile trail shoe to date. At the extreme’s of the spectrum, you may want to look at other options, but for 80% of your running needs the XA Enduro could be the Swiss Army knife of the trail running world.

  • 70 / 100 by Test 4 Outside • Test 4 Outside • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by MyOutdoors • My Outdoors • Level 1 expert

    Salomon have come up with a shoe that innovates, and that will be cushioned and supportive enough to run long distances and massively cut the risk of stone/dirt ingress.

  • 86 / 100 by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports • Martin Bell • Level 1 expert

    The shoes got a real testing through mud/water/heather/rock/up and down hills and I was genuinely impressed with the grip.

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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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.

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.