Updates to Salomon S-Lab XA Amphib 2

  • The second iteration of the Salomon S-Lab XA Amphib promises a lighter structure than ever before. While it is still designed for swim-run activities, the second S-Lab XA Amphib levels up by providing a faster and more efficient gear for athletes, in both wet and dry conditions.
  • The upper of this shoe has a quick-drying capability that enhances the shoe’s durability and protective nature. It is aided by a variety of Salomon’s shoe technologies that contribute to a precise and comfortable fit.
  • Meanwhile, the sole unit is comprised of an improved version of the brand’s EnergyCell+, which lends a lighter design to the S-Lab XA Amphib 2, as well as an updated Contagrip rubber compound in the outsole for maximum durability and adhesion.

Size and fit

The second iteration of the Salomon S-Lab XA Amphib promises a lighter structure than ever before. While it is still designed for swim-run activities, the second S-Lab XA Amphib levels up by providing a faster and more efficient gear for athletes, in both wet and dry conditions.

The upper of this shoe has a quick-drying capability that enhances the shoe’s durability and protective nature. It is aided by a variety of Salomon’s shoe technologies that contribute to a precise and comfortable fit.

Meanwhile, the sole unit is comprised of an improved version of the brand’s EnergyCell+, which lends a lighter design to the S-Lab XA Amphib 2, as well as an updated Contagrip rubber compound in the outsole for maximum durability and adhesion.

Outsole

The S-Lab XA Amphib 2 presents a slight change in the outsole material. From the first version’s Premium Wet Traction Contagrip, the shoe now uses an improved version, called the Contagrip TA. The TA stands for traction and adhesion, and this new rubber compound is specially designed to grip on loose, soft, and uneven rugged surfaces. The Contagrip TA equips the S-Lab XA Amphib 2 with deeper and sharper lugs than before, which results in the perfect combination of durability and traction.

Midsole

An improved version of the EnergyCell+ midsole makes its way into the Salomon S-Lab XA Amphib 2. Now lighter than ever, the material is built to provide unparalleled energy return, coupled with durability and cushioning. EnergyCell+ is made from a dual-density compressed ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), which guarantees a sustained level of cushioning and reduced underfoot shock. The EnergyCell+ could also be found in other popular Salomon shoes, such as the Sense Ride 2.

Beneath the midsole is the Profeel Film, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) frame that is as thin as a film, to efficiently protect the foot without sacrificing ground feel. The Profeel Film supports the rolling of the foot and the shoe during each step.

Upper

The upper of the S-Lab XA Amphib 2 is known as Skinguard, a classic mesh material that is injected with TPU for enhanced durability and better coverage and protection on the key areas of the shoe.

Salomon’s Endofit fit sleeve is also present in this shoe. Endofit is found underneath the mesh, as an internal sleeve that gives the foot a sock-like fit and feel. It helps in improving ground feedback, as well.

The Endofit system works hand-in-hand with Sensifit, a set of overlays that cradles the foot, resulting in a closed and secure fit. The Sensifit runs across from the midsole to the lacing system, creating a customized fit for each foot.

The shoe’s lacing system is Quicklace, which presents itself as a set of Kevlar cables that tightens in an easy, one-pull motion. This method allows for the quickest and most convenient way of wearing the shoe. The ends of the laces could also be tucked inside a pocket, which is found on the tongue of the S-Lab XA Amphib 2.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 215g
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 16mm
Heel height: 20mm
Collection: Salomon S-lab

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