Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX

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The XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX replaced the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX.



These are my initial thoughts after just beginning…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
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
  • Expensive

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.


I avoid Gortex. I figure once water has come over the top of the shoe, then waterproofing works against me to regain dry feet.

6 months ago
Sean Harrison

I hear you and thats a valid point but in almost two years now I've never had a wet foot with my Merrell Moab GTX boots. I've sunk them right to the edge many times and the feet remain dry. I HATE wet feet.:(

6 months ago

Yep! Although in the hot summer, I'm apt to just slog through a stream and let my feet dry out along the way.

6 months ago

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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

Free Shipping. Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Shoe FEATURES of the Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Shoe Upper: Mud Guard Protective Rubber Toe Cap Asymmetrical Lacing Sensifit Quicklace Lace Pocket Gusseted Tongue Membrane: Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Footwear Outsole: Non Marking Running Contagrip Chassis: 3D Advanced Chassis Midsole: Dual Density EVA Energy Cell 2 Pronation Control Compressed EVA Sockliner: EVA Shaped Footbed Molded EVA Ortholite SPECIFICATIONS of the Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX Shoe Weight: 12.6 oz / 357 g Midsole Height: 21mm / 11mm

- Moosejaw

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.


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.