Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX
The XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX replaced the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX.
These are my initial thoughts after just beginning…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100 on sale
These are my initial thoughts after just beginning to break them in, updates to follow..
- Solid quality construction
- Waterproof "GORETEX"
- OrthoLite sole with mouldable EVA footbed
- Quicklace Technology
- Rubber toe cap
- Don't breathe well
I picked these up at SportChek here in Canada at a New Years sale for just over $100. I believe they regularly sell for $170-$190 so a fairly pricey boot. I read somewhere that a blacked out version of the boot was produced for the U.S. Special Forces so I figured they must have been studied and determined to be a good quality boot and worthy of $100 for sure.
When trying them on at the store I noticed that they fit snuggly on the forward part of the foot and I went up 1/2 size bigger than I normally do to compensate. After wearing them around the house and to the store a few times I still find them snug, but not uncomfortably so. I recently wore them on a 3-hour drive and my feet felt like they were in a furnace. I suspect these boots don't breath very well, at least not like my Merrell Moab GTX mids. My hope is that the boots will loosen up some after breaking in more. It's my intention to wear these on my circuit up and over Mt. Katahdin this summer so I hope they work out.
The boot seems to have a very high tech sole with a decently aggressive tread pattern similar to some trail runners I have seen. My impression is that these boots are tough as nails and they have a very tough rubber toe cap that will take severe abuse.
The boots have the Quicklace system which is basically wire laces with a rubber toggle you pull to tighten them and then there is a sliding lock that you adjust to your desired position. It seems to hold snuggly but time will tell. The pull toggle is held out of the way under a pouch on the upper part of the tongue.
One drawback I can see would be if they fail on the trail you better have a set of regular laces or some paracord available. The boot design will allow you to use regular laces if you wish.
I'll post more as I continue to wear them.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
One of the most versatile shoes on the planet, Salomon's XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX features a unique blend of lightweight, durability, stability, and protection for running and fast hiking on rough terrain and technical trails.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Trail-Running Shoes handle all-terrain running with aplomb, thanks to aggressive traction, responsive support and GORE-TEX waterproof protection.
- REI refers to the men's version
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Trail-Running Shoes for MenEnjoy working out with the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Trail-Running Shoes for Men. The Salomon XA shoes come with a 3D Advanced Chassis between the midsole and outsole that maximizes energy control and performance. These running shoes have the unique quicklace system tightens these shoes with a single pull. Since these shoes come with the sensifit upper construction that connects to the lace-points for a secure, wrapped fit. An interesting feature of these shoes are the energy cell midsole that gathers the energy that is created while running and stores it for you to charge your mobile electronic devices. These shoes come with gusseted tongues that keep out dirt, water, pebbles, and others making them clean and safe to use. The rubber toe cap protects your toes from rocks and roots making them very comfortable to use. Have fun using the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Trail-Running Shoes for Men.
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
The Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Shoe eschews garish neons and gaudy splashes of color in favor of a blend-in camo approach that says, "I'm here to suckle the very last ounce of life out of this 3,000-foot ascent in record time." This unrepentant trail shoe demolishes boggy trails, protects your foot from abusive rocks and sticks that litter your path, and all without being obnoxiously overweight or unwieldy. Trails aren't tidy, and the Gore-Tex Extended Life Comfort membrane guarantees muddy waters don't turn your ten little piggies into ten little fun-guys. The 10mm of cushioning slurps up shock from a firm footstrike, and a mix of mesh and man-made materials protects your foot from incoming debris while still facilitating the exchange of fetid foot air for the fresh stuff. Asymmetrical lacing distributes the tension while letting you tweak the tightness for a perfect fit, every time. The OrthoLite insole knows two is better than one, so it blends foam and EVA for a lightweight yet protective piece of sole shielding. The 3D chassis construction builds upon what the insole starts, using a dual-density EVA midsole in conjunction with specific stability control. The midsole materials offer trail-trouncing cushioning without cutting off all communication between the ground and your foot. Energy Cell 2 within the midsole means you'll give the mountain goats a run for the money as you nimbly traverse a skinny trail across a ridgeline. Stability isn't an issue since the XA Pro 3D has a chassis that makes your SUV suspension seem weak. Between sure-footed support and the All-Mountain lugging that lies beneath your sole, the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 shoe helps you devour technical trails.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version