Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Quicklace™ fit-adjusting system allows for quick and effortless donning of the XA Pro 3D V8 GTX.
  • This Salomon running shoe is welcomed because it has a waterproof upper that is efficient at staving off water infiltration.
  • Several testers are claiming that the upper unit is able to protect the foot from trail debris and sharp objects.
  • The grip given by the outsole unit is dependable and precise, according to most purchasers.
  • Based on a handful of reviews, the midsole is able to support the foot sufficiently.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users have complained that the underfoot platform is a bit stiff for natural movement.
  • A restrictive forefoot has been noticed by several consumers.

Bottom line

People are generally happy with the Salomon XA Pro 3D V8 GTX. This trail-optimized model is welcomed because it offers confident traction, a secure and waterproof wrap, and steady underfoot experience. On the other hand, the stiffness of the platform and the restrictive upper are criticized.

Facts

The Salomon XA Pro 3D V8 GTX is a trail running shoe that can handle technical terrains and wet environments. The whole design of this product is centered on the capacity to traverse damp environments or places that have bodies of water scattered throughout the running path. The Gore-Tex® membrane is the highlighted technology as it is responsible for protecting the inside of the shoe from water exposure.

EnergyCell is the material that is used for the midsole and it is made of EVA that has been configured to be extra springy. A rubber compound that functions on both hard and soft surfaces serves as the outsole unit.

Regular sizing schemes were used when the XA Pro 3D V8 GTX was made. Runners are welcomed to use their usual choices of size because a true-to-size distinction surrounds this Salomon trail running shoe. Still, it would be prudent to personally test the product prior to purchase or read/watch other users’ reviews to fully accomplish an in-shoe feel that is accommodating.

The external pad of the Salomon XA Pro 3D V8 GTX is made of Contagrip® MA. This rubber layer is tasked with shielding the bottom part of the midsole foam from the abrasive nature of the surfaces. It is also meant to provide traction throughout the running session, giving confidence with each step.

Aggressive yet evenly spaced gripping lugs grace the surface of the rubber outsole. The nodes are meant to clamp onto the ground, ensuring extra traction when traversing the great outdoors. The balanced yet strategic placement of these elements aims to permit traversal over both hard and soft ground variants.

EnergyCell is a full-length cushioning unit that is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). This compound has been restructured to be highly responsive yet lightweight. Its job is to encourage the foot to lift off the ground with pep and vigor. Variations of EnergyCell are featured in many Salomon series, including the well-received Sense Ride line.

An OrthoLite® sockliner is placed right on top of the main midsole foam. This add-on has a molded shape that follows the contours of the underfoot. The arch can enjoy some support because of this design. Also, it has antimicrobial and anti-moisture features to maintain a clean and healthy in-shoe wrap.

The upper unit of the Salomon XA Pro 3D V8 GTX utilizes 3D Mesh. This material has an open-weave construction to accommodate the natural swelling of the foot as it runs, as well as outside air that cools the foot and the in-shoe environment.

Gore-Tex® is a waterproof membrane that protects the materials of the upper unit from getting soaked with water. Even though this feature shields against water exposure, it has tiny breathing pores to preserve breathability.

Quicklace™ is a single-pull lacing system that permits an effortless adjustment of the tightness or looseness of the wrap.

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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