Updates to Salomon XA Wild

The Salomon XA Wild is a partner for the trails. This product features a protective wrap that doesn’t sacrifice breathability. The SensiFit™ fit-optimizing system of overlays and isolated eyelets work with the Quicklace™ single-pull lacing method to deliver a customized in-shoe feel. A supportive layer called 3D Advanced Chassis rests between the outsole and midsole, acting as a means of steadying the foot and bolstering the whole platform at the same time.

Size and fit

The Salomon XA Wild is made to be true to size. Runners are welcome to use their personal choices of size when it comes to this trail running shoe because the standard measurements have become the basis of its creation. Still, testing it and/or reading other users’ feedback about the size can allay any concerns about an inconsistent foot-hug.

Outsole

Contagrip® MA is the material that is used for the outsole unit of the Salomon XA Wild. This technology is made of a durable rubber compound that is tasked with protecting the rest of the platform from the abrasive nature of the off-road paths. Traction is also a part of its services. It has been touted to work well on both dry and wet topographies.

A heightened grip of the surfaces is afforded by the set of aggressive gripping lugs that graces the external pad. Each node has angled edges that help in clamping ground and ensuring all-around confidence. Upward and downward traversals can especially benefit from these elements.

Midsole

Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the EnergyCell, Salomon’s moniker for a highly responsive ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) compound that runs the whole length of this running shoe. It energizes the toe-off while also mitigating the impact shock generated by the foot-strike. Responsive midsole units also grace other options from Salomon, including the highly revered Speedcross line.

The 3D Advanced Chassis is a layer between the midsole and outsole that serves as a foundation that helps to steady the foot at all times. This frame also prevents the platform from sagging or losing structure. Moving over the trails can be less grueling with this accoutrement buttressing the underfoot features.

A molded EVA sockliner is placed right above the main cushioning system. The job of this add-on is to provide a soft surface for the underside of the foot to enjoy. It has been configured to have some curves that may support the arch, an area that isn’t usually given attention.

Upper

The upper unit of the Salomon XA Wild is made of 3D Mesh, an open-weave lattice that hugs the foot and keeps it secure. It has breathing holes to accommodate environmental air into the foot-chamber, thus giving a cool and dry ride.

SensiFit™ is a set of printed and stitched-on overlays that bolsters the upper unit. These features connect to the lacing system, thus permitting the runner to adjust the snugness or looseness of the wrap without leaving out any area.

The Quicklace™ is a single-pull lacing system that makes it easier to adjust the fit. A lace pocket on the tongue piece stows away any excess cord, thereby maintaining an uncluttered look.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 355g / Women 300g
Drop: 11mm
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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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.