Salomon XA Pro 3D XCR

This trail-running shoe is a Gore-Tex-lined version of the well-established Salomon XA Pro, which means it is waterproof, unlike others which have mesh uppers instead. It is very lightweight too and it benefits from an easy-to-lock lacing system, which can be tucked away to keep stray knot loops from snagging on passing branches. The upper has lots of reinforcement at the toe, which makes this suitable for mountain biking as well as running over rocky terrain. The heel has good support too, while good flex in the sole means it is ideal for running. The outsole is not as aggressive as others, but it is okay for running along forest tracks and good hill paths. But the outsole lugs are not quite as deep as some others, so you really are restricted to good paths when wearing this. The real issue though is do you want a waterproof running shoe, when water will tend to get in around the ankle cuff anyway. Personally, I’d go for a mesh shoe that allows water out as fast as it allows it in.


Upper: Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining; synthetic reinforcement
Sole: Contagrip Trail with EVA cushioning
Sizes: 6.5-13.5 (men’s); 3.5-10.5 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 772g (pair, size 8.5)
Made in China
Stores: England 101; Wales 43; Scotland 82; Ireland 6

Verdict: Buy it if you want a waterproof running shoe for adventure racing, or for running on dry forest tracks, rather than muddy paths