Who should buy the Salomon XA Enduro

The XA Enduro from Salomon prides itself as an all-terrain, all-condition running shoe that would be appreciated by "hardcore" runners. Grab a pair of this shoe model if:

  • You want a cushioned trail shoe that is compatible with neutral pronation
  • You have a moderate to high arch and prefer a running shoe for long-distance trails

Salomon XA Enduro salomon logo

Updates to the Salomon XA Enduro

  • A stretchable protective gaiter in the upper that is integrated in the shoe hugs the foot and prevents trail debris from getting into the shoe
  • An advanced chassis in the heel provides a strong and stable hold for efficient movement throughout the gait cycle
  • Signature Premium Wet Traction Contragrip outsole for maximum grip on wet and muddy surfaces and durability and high-wear areas

Salomon XA Enduro xa enduro updates

Protective and durable outsole grip

The presence of the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip® technology in the outsole offers a durable grip even on wet and muddy surfaces. It also gives the sole unit the necessary protection against the damaging nature of the trail. The treads are distributed evenly in the outsole and they provide the necessary traction for downhill and uphill runs.

Salomon XA Enduro contagrip outsole

A lightweight, shock-absorbent platform

The midsole of the shoe utilizes the dual-density EVA foam. It is designed to deliver durable cushioning for underfoot protection and stability. The foam remains light while it provides shock absorption and energy return for a more responsive ride.

Salomon XA Enduro dual-density midsole

For additional underfoot cushioning, the shoe uses a molded EVA sockliner. It is also specifically inserted into the shoe for enhanced fit.

The advanced chassis in the heel area provides the heel a more stable platform. It is necessary for stability, promoting an efficient foot movement throughout the gait cycle.

Salomon XA Enduro advanced chassis

Also present in the midsole is the Profeel Film material. It is a thin TPU film that provides midfoot protection and support while keeping the ground feel unaffected. It provides foot support during the heel-to-toe transition and enhances the overall performance of the shoe during toe-off.

Salomon XA Enduro profeel film logo

The XA Enduro's quick-drying upper coverage

The upper of the Salomon XA Enduro utilizes an open mesh material that provides breathable coverage for a well-ventilated running experience. This fabric also has a quick-drying feature, which is necessary in keeping the foot dry all throughout the run.

Salomon XA Enduro open mesh

One of the notable aspects of the XA Enduro is the protective stretch gaiter. The gaiter is integrated into the upper of the shoe. It is designed to prevent trail debris from getting into the shoe while running.

Salomon XA Enduro stretch gaiter

Just like in the popular Salomon Speedcross 5, the shoe also features the Salomon’s Quicklace™ system with friction-free eyelets. It facilitates one-pull tightening and quick loosening of the laces for an easy-on and easy-off of the foot.

Salomon XA Enduro quicklace system

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 300g / Women 278g
Drop: 9mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 17mm
Heel height: 26mm

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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.