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

13 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.
  • Some runners use it for everyday use.
  • The Sensifit overlays provide exceptional midfoot hold.
  • According to several users, these are very well-made shoes.
  • It is very stable, as noted by a moderate number of runners.
  • 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.
  • A large number of runners prized the QuickLace system for its convenience.
  • 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.

8 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 breathability is severely compromised, according to some users.
  • 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.
  • A moderate number of runners needed to break in the shoe to get the best fit.
  • A handful were hugely upset that the laces tore through the upper and created holes.

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.


  • 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: 15.6oz
    Women: 12.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 15mm
    Women: 15mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Oct 2016
  • Special editions
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89 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Podiatry Shoe Review

    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

    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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Updates to Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP

  • 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 provide 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 come in bundles. There is a thick mud guard, a very thick toe guard, and lace garage. These add durability to the shoe and protects the runners from inconvenience, bruises, and the dangers of trail running.

Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP size and fit

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 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.


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 efficient.


Dominating the upper of the shoe CS WP model of the XA Pro 3D are 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.