Our verdict

The Salomon XA Pro 3D is a trail running shoe that’s built with some of the most impressive technologies. We found the upper to be incredibly dependable, while the midsole offers a very comfortable system to keep the foot protected and supported. Although it is an expensive shoe, we are convinced that its quality, value, performance, and design are worth the price.

Pros

  • Extremely grippy
  • Protective
  • Supportive
  • Easy lockdown

Cons

  • Firm cushioning

Audience verdict

90
Superb!

Who should buy the Salomon XA Pro 3D

The XA Pro 3D from Salomon is a fitting choice for trail runners looking for: 

  • an off-trail running shoe
  • a stability shoe for the trails
  • a long-distance running shoe
  • a lightweight alternative to a hiking boot

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Who should NOT buy the Salomon XA Pro 3D

Do not get the Salomon XA Pro 3D if you're looking for an agile and featherlight trail running shoe. We recommend the Sense Ride 5 or the Ultra Glide 2 from Salomon instead.

The shoe breathes!

Thanks to the shoe's quick-drying upper, there's no need to worry about retained moisture if you cross creeks and muddy sections. Our feet remained cool and dry in the shoe.

But if you do need waterproofing for wet and soggy conditions, get the XA Pro 3D GTX instead.

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Extremely grippy

Like the Salomon Speedcross series, the Contragrip outsole features moderately sized, aggressive lugs that are built for highly technical terrains. 

Salomon XA Pro 3D contragrip

True to how it's billed, our test runs proved that the outsole clings like claws on the most unfriendly terrains, off-trail runners claim. Even better, the lugs didn't collect mud that could hamper the shoe's traction.

Thanks to its grip and robust build, the Salomon XA Pro 3D is also a great lightweight alternative to hiking boots

Protective

Up front, the trail shoe has a rubber toe cap that prevents stubbed toes. Add in the shoe's dual-density EVA midsole, rocky surfaces are muted. 

Salomon XA Pro 3D toe cap

In the heel, shock absorption is also a priority. A composite foam is placed in the rear, dampening shock during landing. 

Supportive

The midsole and upper complement each other in stabilizing the feet. The upper's snug wrap supports the ankles while the firm midsole keeps strides steady. 

Salomon XA Pro 3D ankle collar

That said, it's a stability shoe that's perfect for overpronators (whose feet roll inward excessively), and runners who have flat feet and plantar fasciitis. 

Convenient lockdown

Salomon XA Pro 3D quicklace

Equipped with a Quicklace system, the Salomon XA Pro 3D's laces are easy to cinch down. What's more, they stay locked the entire run.

We also enjoyed the glove-like fit provided by the Sensifit upper. 

Lacks cushioning

Although highly padded, the heel only provides minimal shock absorption on rugged and rough terrains. This shoe is more about stability than impact protection.

Salomon XA Pro 3D heel