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George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
New Salomons deflowered today on 03/27/2010 16:48:32 MDT Print View

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra Trailrunners

My first impression is: GREAT shoes!

Nice fit on my feet

shoe top

Look durable

shoe side

Excellent traction

shoe sole

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: New Salomons deflowered on 03/27/2010 17:53:11 MDT Print View

Mine are about a year old and have seen some miles. I was disappointed that the seams in the toe area and the mesh at the flex points started to give out pretty early. The "lips" facing up collect grit that saws through the stitching. The "lip" facing down gets shredded as you step down through rocks.


So I carefully applied SeamGriped along the Red line above.

After one flex point gave out - the Blue area - it coated it and the other three.

And they are still going strong.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: New Salomons deflowered today on 03/27/2010 18:07:01 MDT Print View

I hope you were gentle....

Gary Boyd
(debiant) - F

Locale: Mid-west
what I did... on 03/27/2010 18:45:42 MDT Print View

I socked mine in the jaw and yelled pop goes the weasel.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
New Salomons on 03/27/2010 21:10:10 MDT Print View

No size 15. Won't be trying these either. Sigh. It does narrow the field quite a bit wearing clown shoes full time.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
New Salomons deflowered today on 03/27/2010 21:35:35 MDT Print View

>I socked mine in the jaw and yelled pop goes the weasel.

Wow, talk about obscure movie reference. But a good one.

Philip Carr
(unsponsored) - F

Locale: UK
A1 on 03/28/2010 04:50:10 MDT Print View

Wore mine for the first time out in the hills yesterday (out in the English Lake District). I have a pair of Quest 4Ds so the grip etc was the same. But the weight benefits were A1. Reallt light, no issues with a mix of bog, rock, mud, steep up/downward slopes etc. Will definitely use again.

Top of Loughrigg fell in the Lakes -

Edited by unsponsored on 03/28/2010 04:50:57 MDT.

Gary Boyd
(debiant) - F

Locale: Mid-west
Re: New Salomons deflowered today on 03/28/2010 06:12:22 MDT Print View


My hat is off to you sir, for recognizing that great line. One of my favorites from Samuel L Jackson.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: New Salomons deflowered today - that great line on 03/28/2010 16:25:42 MDT Print View

LOL - excellent

Matthew Reese
(mbrktn) - F

Locale: East Tennessee
New Salomon XA Pro Wides on 03/28/2010 19:40:13 MDT Print View

I wore my new pair on a 6 mile break-in hike yesterday and was pleased, over-all. I have narrow heels and wide forefeet and have a heck of a time finding shoes that fit, and after wearing out my last pair of the old Hardrock wides have been searching for some light hikers. No rubs or blisters, fairly good bottom protection, very light and airy. I wore with a pair of Montbell stretch gaiters which seemed to be a good combination. Only complaint was not much lateral stiffness for steep sidehills, but that's kind of the price one pays. We'll see how they hold up, but so far I like 'em.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: New Salomons deflowered today on 03/29/2010 01:38:42 MDT Print View

I've had mine for over a year. No issues with the construction at all. Also, these are the best fitting shoes I have ever bought.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: New Salomons deflowered today on 03/29/2010 08:05:49 MDT Print View

I've worn through five or so pairs of these.

I like them, but they're no longer my shoe of choice. I prefer something with a little bit more stiffness, these are very much on the running shoe spectrum of trail runners.

Again, I like them, but:
- The tread wears pretty fast.
- In five pairs, I've had the laces break probably three times.
- Mesh has broken twice probably. In the same areas talked about above.

I really like how well they do hiking through creeks and how fast they dry.

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Fit & Preformance v.s. Longevity on 03/29/2010 08:30:00 MDT Print View

I often read complaints on BPL about trail shoes that are wearing out faster than someone wanted.
Yes we want our gear to last as long as possible.
But don't we use trail runners for fit and performance "Over" longevity ?

Longevity is what those old 5 lb leather boots were all about.

+1 for Salomon XA PRO Ultra

I still don't understand Salomon kevlar broken lace reports. Never broke one, never hardly even frayed one.

Edited by asandh on 03/29/2010 08:30:56 MDT.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Fit & Preformance v.s. Longevity on 03/29/2010 08:42:01 MDT Print View

Art, you can see that I've worn five pairs. I don't think that I have unreasonable expectations when it comes to durability. The laces do break, that's why most good outfitters carry replacement laces for the solomons.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Size 15 ?!? on 03/29/2010 08:47:24 MDT Print View

D@mn, Ken. Are you our resident sasquatch?

Art ...
(asandh) - F
. . . . . on 03/29/2010 08:54:46 MDT Print View

. . . . .

Edited by asandh on 05/06/2010 07:42:24 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Re: Fit & Preformance v.s. Longevity on 03/29/2010 10:02:16 MDT Print View

You don't have to go with offset lacing. Cut off the loop (or keep it if you find a way), relace from the top, and tie off skipping the lowest offset lace hole (can't think of proper term).

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Fit & Preformance v.s. Longevity on 03/29/2010 10:09:38 MDT Print View

My Salomon XA PRO's from 2005 had no lace wear. My Salomon Tech Amphibians show wear in exactly the same spot on both shoes, inner number three lace hole (second from top). That area has most pull and the plastic thingy is probably a little too sharp in that area of wear.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
aquaseal on 03/29/2010 10:16:07 MDT Print View

Salomons have never fit me. Alas.

For me, aquasealing wear areas is standard practice on my shoes. Increases their life enormously.

Ken Bennett
(ken_bennett) - F

Locale: southeastern usa
Re: Re: Fit & Preformance v.s. Longevity on 03/29/2010 10:18:10 MDT Print View

I'm on my sixth or seventh pair of Salomons. I prefer the XA Comp, which is softer than the XA Pro. I have Goretex for winter and mesh for summer. The Goretex seem to last forever, while the mesh shoes start to come apart pretty quickly in the usual places. Never had any problems with the lacing system.