Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid 2 GTX hiking shoes for women blur the lines between trail-running and light hiking, providing exceptional protection and support.
|Average footwear weight (pair):||1 lb. 10.4 oz.|
|Footwear closure:||Single-pull lace|
|Heel Fit :||Extra heel foam|
|Lining:||Gore-Tex XCR waterproof breathable membrane/polyester|
|Running Type :||Road|
|Shock Absorption :||Cushioning|
|Support:||Thermoplastic urethane insert|
|Support Type :||3D advanced chassis|
|Technology :||EVA shaped footbed; OrthoLite|
|Toebox Width :||Standard|
|Upper:||Polyester mesh/thermoplastic urethane|
|Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Shoe||$86.97 - $159.95|
|Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX Shoe||$89.99 - $160.00|
|Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Shoe||$170.00|
|Salomon XA Pro Ultra 2 Shoes||$69.99 - $130.00|
This shoe is brilliantly lightweight, and I had absolutely no problems with walking them in - very comfortable, with no blisters or issues on my first 4-day hike...! I would say, however, that they are not suitable for hardcore hiking, as the soles are not thick and sturdy enough, and the high ankle provides minimal support (the lace-up system also makes it difficult to tighten fully around the ankle)... they are really souped-up trail running shoes.
For more serious hiking, I would recommend proper hiking shoes (and salomon has some great hiking boot options).
But for light hiking and walking, they are great!
I haven't had a chance to try out their waterproofness yet, since I have so far only used them in dry conditions - some people complain that their feet get sweaty in them, but I haven't had that problem.
I bought these this winter for trail running in the snow. They are incredibly comfortable and supportive. I will carry them over into the spring and summer for running in the rain as well as light hiking. I feel compared to other Salomon shoes I have had in the past this pair runs a little larger. I first purchased a 9 and then exchanged for an 8 1/2 and could almost take an 8. My foot is fairly wide and Salomon runners work great for me and aren't too narrow.
I got these for the wet terrain of the Adirondacks and just used them for a 3 days backpacking trip with daily rain. My feet stayed dry the entire time. They are light and the boot style keeps the dirt out. No blisters either. I owned the shoe version in the past and I am really glad I went back with this one. My only complaint is that I generally wear 10, but they are a bit big. I will probably by 1/2 size smaller next time.
I bought these to hike the Inca Trail (4 days, 28 mi and 1520m ascent). I took them out for a short acclimatization hike the day before the trek with no problems. Light weight, stable and decent looking, score.
The shoes held up like a champ on trek Day 1, feet were warm and dry in muddy/wet conditions.
I put them back on for Day 2 and immediately felt immense pain on the front of my inner ankle bone when I secured the lace, it was bruised. I swapped out the insoles for my superfeet hoping it would change my foot positioning to relieve some pressure. I also applied a thick blister bandage and thick socks for cushioning. It helped some but by days end (16 km w/920m ascent) I was in serious pain. Loosening the lace didn't help because my ankle still hit the inside of the shoe.
I couldn't bare to wear them on Day 3 and opted for Teva sandals instead.
Overall my foot was comfortable, blister-free, warm and dry. The deal breaker however was the ankle support. Thanks to Backcountry's awesome return policy they'll be going back. Strongly considering giving the low ankle style a shot.