Salomon XA Pro 3D
Cotswold Outdoor let me have a chance to try out these trail running shoe. A new and exclusive part of their product range. Salomon have a great reputation for this type of gear with an extensive history in the field of trail running shoes. I have probably owned about 4 pairs in the last 10 years and all of them (if i give them a scrub) are still usable. When i opened the box the first thing that struck me was how robust they felt. I know that sounds like marketing talk but they really did feel solid. The front toe looks like it’s been designed by a modern tank engineer and you clearly see and feel that robustness thought the whole structure of the shoe. These are going to last years.
Putting them on they felt quite tight compared to a normal running shoe but this is always the case with trail shoes because of the tougher build. They do need some breaking in. This secure fit is designed into the shoe and Salomon are calling it Sensifit. It also has a quicklace construction which is obviously great for transition events.
To do them justice i took them out on an 8 miler across some tough terain in the local hills of North Wales. I had no problems with them at all. They gave me confidence on the slippery mud and felt equally good on the tarmac. I can see these becoming a firm favourite of mine in the future. The real test though is after a few weeks use so i will report back my findings.
Im off to Scotland in 2 weeks for some outdoor adventures in Glen Coe. These are at the top of my kit list.