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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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
$120
Weight
Men: 11.3oz
Women: 9.5oz
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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 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 157 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Kevin Fonger • 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 by Running For the Wong Reason • Wong Yi Bin • 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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Updates to Salomon XT Hornet

  • 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.

Salomon XT Hornet size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.