Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many wearers liked the convenience provided by the Quicklace™ system of the XA Pro 3D M+.
  • The roomy toe box allowed a comfortable toe splay, a user stated.
  • One runner appreciated the protective rubber toe cap in the upper.
  • Several customers were impressed with the lightness and durability of the shoe.
  • The outsole supplied fantastic traction, various consumers stated.
  • The XA Pro 3D M+ was a reliable shoe for challenging trails, cited a reviewer.
  • A wearer commended the supportive and robust fit of the shoe even after long runs.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe was very tight in the arch area, a couple of buyers commented.
  • The strips on the inside of the upper wrapped around the foot uncomfortably and caused blisters, a user experienced.
  • A lot of wearers were disappointed with the narrow fit of the shoe.
  • The midsole was not flexible enough and therefore put unnecessary stress on the foot, a runner observed.
  • A user mentioned that the Quicklace™ was difficult to loosen when dirty.
  • Another said their heel continually slipped despite the tightness of the lacing system.

Bottom line

A good number of users thought that the Salomon XA Pro 3D M+ was not true to its claims; it was marketed as a wide shoe but was still ill-fitting for many wearers. There were also numerous complaints about the shoe’s structure. Several features have been praised, but it was apparent that the criticisms were more notable and more significant in number.

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  • The Salomon XA Pro 3D M+ is a follow-up to the brand’s earlier release, the XA Pro 3D. This shoe features an updated width, and it aims to deliver an improved fit and durability for overpronators. It is able to withstand any weather, and it is designed to excel in technical trails, especially wet ones.
  • The upper material is a quick-drying mesh that guarantees breathability and abrasion-resistance for a well-protected foot and a comfortable run. The mesh works together with the other upper elements to offer a relaxing yet efficient wear.
  • Meanwhile, the midsole of the XA Pro 3D M+ employs a dual-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam for twice the cushioning and durability. The midsole sits on the brand’s proprietary Premium Wet Traction Contagrip® which provides just the right amount of grip on surfaces both wet and dry.

Like its base shoe, the XA Pro 3D M+ has a standard shoe length. Its modest construction gives a snug yet laidback feel to runners with a narrow to moderate foot volume. The shoe is available in men’s medium width.

The Premium Wet Traction Contagrip® in the outsole of the XA Pro 3D M+ offers superior traction, especially on technical trails. It features the same lug pattern as its predecessor: Small, yet aggressive, for the stickiest grip possible; and generously spaced, to prevent mud from clinging to the outsole. This outsole design is comparable to the Salomon Sense Ride 2 and other trail shoes from Salomon.

The midsole employs a dual-density foam, which consists of injection-molded and compression molded EVA. The combined foams deliver sufficient underfoot cushioning. On top of that, it also absorbs shock and transforms it into energy for a responsive ride.

The shoe silhouette features the 3D Advanced Chassis™. This feature maximizes foot security, motion control, and energy management. It also promotes high performance and a stable ride.

The sock liner unit is comprised of a molded EVA heel cup and footbed, which works to protect the foot from blisters. As a foam material, it also supplies added cushioning. An Ortholite® sock liner rests on this EVA cradle, creating a cool and dry environment with its antibacterial property.

A quick-drying breathable mesh makes the upper of the Salomon XA Pro 3D M+ lightweight and comfortable. A nylon layer accompanies the mesh so that the upper is durable and resistant to rips and cuts.

With Sensifit™ overlays, the upper gets a supportive framework as it gives the foot a snug and customized fit all over. The overlays also aid in the shoe’s durability.

Another supportive element of the shoe is the protective rubber toe cap, which is a reinforcement in the toe area that shields the forefoot from probable causes of injuries, such as rocks and debris.

The lacing system of the shoe is Quicklace™, a minimalist yet sturdy system that works with just a single pull. The Quicklace™ feature uses asymmetrical lacing and a friction-free lace eyelet, both enabling a speedy and effortless adjustment process.

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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