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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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: 14.3oz
Women: 12.5oz
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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 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 from Salomon is a popular 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 353 ratings

5 star
65%
4 star
17%
3 star
6%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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84 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Wiggle • Rob Berger • Level 1 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 by Jer Johns • Jer Johns • Level 1 expert

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

  • 87 / 100 by Top Ten Shoes of Sports • Top Ten Shoes of Sports • Level 3 expert

    A single glance at the Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX indicates strength and durability.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Village • Paul • Level 3 expert

    It’s durability and versatility makes it a great choice for anyone with a love of the outdoors.

  • 84 / 100 by Justin Uriah • Justin Uriah • Level 1 expert

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

  • 83 / 100 by Engearment • Dave Marcus • 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 by Simply Hike • Simply Hike • Level 1 expert

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

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Updates to Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX

  • 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

Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX size and fit

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.


Outsole

This 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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.