Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The GORE-TEX upper membrane offers a comfortable foot wrap that’s also waterproof.
  • The added features in the upper help the runner to be as efficient as possible when taking on adventures.
  • Runners welcomed the inclusion of anti-debris mechanics, which enhances the XA Pro 3D GTX’s protective capabilities.
  • The mid-sole was crafted to provide underfoot comfort that’s reliable and consistent.
  • The stability and motion control mechanics in the shoe maintain balance and right positioning of the foot.
  • Runners liked the anti-abrasion capability of the outsole unit, making it ideal for tackling harsh surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The XA Pro 3D GTX is a very expensive running shoe.
  • The men’s version is much heavier than the women’s version and many testers have observed this.
  • There were reviewers who criticized this shoe for being too narrow.

Bottom line

The XA Pro 3D GTX is a popular Salomon trail shoe for those who want a comfortable gear that would protect and secure their feet. It has moderate arch support and pronation control mechanics for those who want to have additional underfoot cradling.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

85 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Wiggle | | Level 1 expert

    It is a really great shoe for fast hiking or local running.

  • 85 / 100 | Jer Johns | Level 1 expert

    This has got a nice firm feel to it and supportive.

  • 97 / 100 | Eastbay | | Level 1 expert

    With these being so comfortable, it might seem that the comfort may come at the sacrifice of ruggedness or durability. It most definitely does not.

  • 84 / 100 | Justin Uriah | Level 1 expert

    It is quite light and feels like it will last forever.

  • 83 / 100 | Engearment | | Level 1 expert

    It does make some sacrifices to accomplish so much – it’s heavier than a running shoe and not as supportive as a hiking boot – but we think those tradeoffs don’t outweigh the pure utility of having one adventure shoe to do it all.

  • 81 / 100 | Simply Hike | Level 1 expert

    Ideal for fell running, trail or simply just taking out the dog for a walk.

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  • The Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX features the Gore-Tex waterproof coverage that is specifically designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. The full Gore-Tex material gives protection while running on wet conditions while remaining breathable and comfortable.
  • It also features the brand’s low profile 3D advanced chassis that is strategically placed between the midsole and the outsole. It increases security, energy management, protection, motion control and stability for a maximum running performance and responsive ride

The XA Pro 3D GTX has a standard running shoe length. The forefoot is semi-wide, comfortably accommodating those with slightly wide forefoot. The midfoot gives a narrow fit while the heel delivers a snug fit. The toe box has a medium height. This shoe is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s respectively.


This waterproof running shoe utilizes the brand’s Contagrip technology that is designed to deliver a great combination of grip and durability. It gives impressive grip on varied terrains. The All-Mountain traction provides unmatched traction on hard and rocky terrain.


The midsole uses the Dual Density EVA that provides underfoot cushioning at the same time helps in reducing or controlling overpronation. The injected EVA that extends in full length also delivers durable underfoot cushioning for a comfortable and responsive ride.

It also features the 3D Advanced Chassis that is designed to attenuate shock for heel strikers, gives stability for a smoother heel to toe transition and gives necessary protection whenever needed for a high running performance.


The Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX features a waterproof yet, breathable and comfortable upper coverage. The Gore-Tex membrane is designed to give reliable protection on extreme weather conditions.

Together with the anti-debris mesh upper is the gusseted tongue of the shoe that prevents debris from entering the shoe while running. It works hand in hand with the protective rubber toe cap that keeps the toes safe from stone bruising while running on trails.

The shoe also comes with an asymmetrical quick lacing system that facilitates the efficient entry and exit of the shoe and the OrthoLite Sockline reduces the odor and keeps foot free from moisture. The sockliner also gives added underfoot cushioning.

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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