Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many of the reviewers swear by the awesome comfort of the XA Pro 3D CS WP.
  • It has excellent traction, based on the comments of several hikers and runners.
  • The Sensifit overlays provide exceptional midfoot hold.
  • According to several users, these are very well-made shoes.
  • The QuickLace system offers ease and convenience in getting the right fit.
  • Offers more color options than past versions of the XA Pro 3D series.
  • A significant number of reviewers mentioned that the arch support is superb.
  • The durability of the XA Pro 3D CS WP is first-rate, as reported by several runners.
  • The lugs are self-cleaning, based on the experience of some runners.
  • A handful of runners really liked the shoe’s capacity to keep their feet warm during winter.

5 reasons not to buy

  • It is too stiff for some runners.
  • It runs a little small and narrow, as noted by more than a few runners.
  • The shoe is very heavy for a handful of runners.
  • A good number of runners noted that the shoe made a crunching sound that irritated them.
  • Several runners complained that the speed laces have a very short lifespan.

Bottom line

The CS WP is the ClimaShield and Waterproof version of the XA Pro 3D. It uses the CS technology to keep the feet warm for winter forays on the most challenging trails. The shoe is extremely stable, highly-durable, and built for the serious pounding at slow to moderate speeds.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes

Expert Reviews

89 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Podiatry Shoe Review | | Level 1 expert

    What makes this shoe so good is that it meets the four criteria that a shoe must have to be comfortable

  • 88 / 100 | The Trek | | Level 1 expert

    This is it! This is it! It took some serious examination skills but I figured it out! The added midsole material is the functional difference between the earlier models of the shoe and this newer model. 

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  • Salomon brings a number of its proprietary technologies in the XA Pro 3D CS WP. The biggest difference in this model, as opposed to the standard version, is the ClimaShield lining, which is not only waterproof but brings more comfort and warmth when running during winter.
  • The ton of stability in this shoe comes from two technologies. A heavily-enforced upper with thick Sensifit overlays provides exceptional hold and support. The midsole stability is made possible by a substantial TPU that runs from the heel to the midfoot. It helps guide the foot on uneven terrain.
  • Trail-specific protection also comes in bundles. There is a thick mudguard, a very thick toe guard, and lace garage. These add durability to the shoe and protect the runners from inconvenience, bruises, and the dangers of trail running.

The fit of the Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP runs from narrow to standard. Runners should enjoy the superb heel and midfoot locked down courtesy of the substantial overlays and the 3D Advanced Chassis. The forefoot has just enough room for the toes to splay. It has fairly standard shoe length.


The outsole of this Salomon trail running shoe is a combination of tough carbon rubber in the heel and other critical areas for durability while a large part of the underfoot is composed of sticky blown rubber for exceptional traction. The lugs are moderate in size and designed for multi-directional grip. This outsole configuration is comparable to the Salomon Speedcross 5 in terms of sturdiness and grip.


The midsole of the Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP uses a full-length injection-molded EVA for standard cushioning, durability, and responsiveness. As it covers the whole midsole, the landing to take-off process is enhanced. Sitting in the heel and going to the midfoot is a TPU shank called the 3D Advanced Chassis system. It keeps both areas stable and also moves the transition a bit quicker and more efficiently.


Dominating the upper of the shoe CS WP model of the XA Pro 3D is the thick Sensifit overlays. These basically make up the heel support, the midfoot hold, and the comprehensive Mud Guard. A thick mesh offers enough breathability while the CS WP technology lies beneath the mesh for winter protection and waterproofing capability. Salomon’s QuickLace system allows for easy and convenient fitting. A heel tab makes foot entry and exit convenient as well. The EVA footbed adds a little more cushioning and support.

Author
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.

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