Summary

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

4 reasons to buy

  • A highly durable pair of trail running shoes because of its component called the Contagrip HA.
  • Provides a long-lasting comfort, even on long distance runs.
  • The Salomon XT Hornet includes a great traction that keeps runners safe and sound even when running on wet surfaces.
  • The XT Hornet is a versatile running shoe that allows runners to survive running on most terrains.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Hornet is too stiff and lacks flexibility.
  • It is a heavyweight shoe, making it impossible for runners to do speed work.
  • Needs more cushioning needed during steep climbs, a few runners say.

Bottom line

Ideal for trails and mountains, the Salomon XT Hornet is a stability shoe that is specially made for runners with medium arches and for light overpronators. It helps boost the performance of runners during daily running with guaranteed comfort and versatility.

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Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Active Gear Review | | Level 4 expert

    The Salomon XT Hornet trail running shoes are great for the trail runner that is looking for the training shoe that can log miles, tackle almost any terrain, and provide stability and comfort.

  • 88 / 100 | Running For the Wong Reason | | Level 1 expert

    I use it for short mucky flat-ish fast trails, not too technical... protection against jagged rocks is minimal (you will feel them sharp rocks, no rock plate), if your Achilles heel needs more cushioning like mine during steep climbs these won't quite cut it.

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  • The Salomon XT Hornet features an updated outsole that delivers impressive grip on varied surfaces. It uses the brand’s notable outsole technology that is designed to tackle the toughest terrain.
  • The shoe also comes with an enhanced midsole. The midsole delivers reasonable amount of underfoot cushioning, keeping runners protected for the entire run. The midsole is also equipped with necessary technologies for a more responsive ride.

The XT Hornet is available in standard running shoe length. The heel and midfoot are of standard measurements, accommodating medium-sized foot. The forefoot is a bit wider, giving more room for toe splay. This shoe is offered by Salomon in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s respectively.


The outsole of the shoe features the brand’s Contagrip technology that is designed to deliver durable grip on varied terrains. It also uses the High Abrasion Contagrip outsole that delivers reliable traction and added durability on high wear areas. The AC Tendon in the heel delivers high energy return for a more responsive ride. This outsole configuration is also used in some running shoes from Salomon.


The midsole of the uses the standard Molded EVA that delivers enough amount of underfoot cushioning. It absorbs shock and protects the foot especially on long runs. The midsole also features the AC Skeleton that runs from the heel to the midfoot. It facilitates a smoother heel to toe transition and the lateral movement is reduced.


The upper of the Salomon XT Hornet is covered with an open mesh that delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage. It keeps the foot cool and drier for the whole running duration. The shoe features an anti-debris tongue that keeps debris out while running. It also features the quick lacing system and a lace pocket that keeps laces out of the way.

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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