Salomon Men’s Xa Pro 3D

Last updated date: November 24, 2020

DWYM Score

8.4

Salomon Men’s Xa Pro 3D

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We looked at the top Men's Running Shoe and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Running Shoe you should buy.

Editor's Note November 30, 2020:
Checkout The Best Men’s Running Shoe for a detailed review of all the top men's running shoe.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the Salomon Salomon Men's Xa Pro 3D placed 8th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The iconic, proven adventure shoe offers an incredible fit, improved durability, and a grip that inspires confidence. Salomon was born in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps and the birthplace of modern alpinism. Driven by a passion for skiing and design innovation, Francois Salomon and his son George designed and perfected much of the first modern ski equipment. During the following 60 years, Salomon's commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports created a vast range of revolutionary new concepts in boots, skis and apparel and brought innovative solutions to footwear, apparel and equipment for hiking, adventure racing, mountaineering and trail running. Through performance-driven design, Salomon enhances mountain sports by converting new ideas into action and expanding the limits of possibility.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.2
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.9
2,071 user reviews

What experts liked

Its lightweight nature makes it ideal for trail running and hiking.
- RunRepeat
A heavy-duty trail running shoe that has been around, with various updates, for years. It is very heavy and firm for a running shoe, and I use it as a low light hiker. It’s available with a waterproof/breathable membrane, but I like the no-membrane version for it’s very good breathability. Very good traction, support, foot protection, and durability, plus an interesting lacing system, make this a winner.
- Trailspace
One feature that I did really like is the flush tongue which means that mud and grit stays on the front of the shoe rather than getting in down behind the laces. This makes cleaning the shoe easier than with a normal tongue.
- Fell Running Guide
It doesn't skimp on protective features and is a good choice for those who feel that they need more shoe than the average traditional shoe has to offer.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
March 29, 2017 | Full review
Another feature that has really stood out to me is the protection that these shoes offer while remaining relatively lightweight — each shoe is about 13 ounces, depending on size. The solid cushion and 3D chassis underfoot, as well as the reinforced toe cap, are substantial.
- Backpackers.com
This mesh is breathable and does a good job of keeping dirt and debris out.
- Trail To Peak
February 17, 2017 | Full review
Salomon has added the EndoFit sock liner to the XA Pro 3D to give it a more comfortable feel, making it more appealing for running. Likewise, the Quicklace system makes it extremely easy to adjust the shoe’s fit without having to tie or re-lace.
- Holabird Sports
April 18, 2014 | Full review
Mixed conditions are what I got them recommended for, and everything from road to gravel to mountain trails is what I have used them on for a while now.
- Zhang-Schmidt
April 7, 2015 | Full review

What experts didn't like

The heel part provided minimal shock absorption for testers.
- RunRepeat
Heavier than typical trail runing shoes.
- Trailspace
I wasn’t keen on the Quicklace system, the laces were covered with gritty mud at the end and I had difficulty releasing the lace.
- Fell Running Guide
This shoe just feels heavy as soon as you put it on.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
March 29, 2017 | Full review
The shoes are not waterproof.
- Backpackers.com
I wish Salomon would have added more cushion or a ProFeel film rock guard to the forefoot on this new update.
- Trail To Peak
February 17, 2017 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

An Overview On Men's Running Shoe

Buying a shoe of any kind can be difficult, but when it comes to running shoes, things can be downright confusing. There’s been tremendous research and engineering applied to shoe construction over the past decades, to the point where the features of some expensive sneakers sound like options on a sports car. On the other hand, the ads for most shoe companies seem less interested in selling these innovations than in promoting a fitness lifestyle.

The first thing you’ll need to know is what kind of running you actually do — not so much the amount, but the terrain. There are three general types of running shoes: road running shoes for pavement, trail running shoes for gravel or rough terrain and cross-training shoes that provide maximum balance and stability in a gym environment.

Beyond that, there’s a ton of variety. You’ll find all sorts of bells and whistles that claim to keep your feet comfortable yet functional. But Stephanie Mansour, a certified personal trainer and founder of the fitness brand Step It Up With Steph, recommends keeping the shoe’s fit at the top of your priority list.

“Make sure that you go for fit — not for color,” she says. “You also want to make sure you do not buy a shoe that is too tight with the hopes of it stretching out. These are not like stretch jeans. They will not stretch out properly to fit your shoe. What you feel is what you get from the onset, so make sure you get a pair of running shoes that are comfortable while running initially.”

When picking out a show, it also helps to know how you run. There’s been a lot of study put into the natural running stride of the shoe-clad human foot, which tends to strike heel first, then roll slightly inward. That’s called pronation. Many longtime runners are prone to overpronation, where the inward roll is more pronounced. Less common is supination, which means the foot rolls outward instead.

You can typically tell which running mechanic you favor by looking at the tread wear on the running shoes you already own. If the wear is along the center where the balls of your feet are, you tend toward pronation. Wear closer to the inner edge means overpronation, while wear on the outer edge usually signifies supination. The latter two cases can result in knee or foot strain over time, so take steps to correct that stride. Motion-control shoes can help with overpronation, and extra cushioning will lessen the effects of supination.

Without shoes, the foot tends to strike the ground with the midfoot or forefoot. There are certain professional running shoes that try to replicate that habit with minimal soles and even separated protection for individual toes.

In any case, pick for comfort. Your feet will thank you in the long run, and there’s enough selection out there that you won’t have to sacrifice stability for style.

The Men's Running Shoe Buying Guide

  • For general fit, a couple of key tests will help. Make sure there’s about a thumb’s width between the tip of your big toe and the tip of the shoe, says Mansour. That room will help, since your foot will expand with exercise. As for the ankles, you’ll want to be able to move them around in circles without the lip of the shoes restricting your movement or chafing, she adds. They shouldn’t be so loose that the heel slips out of the back, however. And arch support can be crucial, so make sure you feel some cradling effect around the middle of your foot, Mansour says.
  • Do you wear orthotics? If you’ve got special insoles that provide support or cushioning to key areas of the foot, bring along for the fitting. Chances are, they will change the fit of the shoe. Keep in mind that certain shoes are adaptable to this with removable insoles.
  • When it comes to cushioning, you might think more is always better. That’s not necessarily the case. In fact, you won’t often see competitive runners wearing overly cushioned shoes because all that extra padding means a sacrifice in speed. Plenty of midsole cushioning can be a lifesaver for marathons or distance runners, but when it comes to speed, less is more.
  • Stability and comfort are great, but be sure to check the materials on a shoe. Durable outsoles are often the main difference between an expensive shoe and an easily worn-out knock-off. Good, solidly constructed running shoes should last you up to four months or more if you go on frequent runs.
  • If you run, your feet are going to get sweaty. It’s an unavoidable fact, but decent materials can mitigate it. The upper part of the shoe needs to have some stability, but the flexible fabric in between the support areas should have breathability to it. Look for mesh or something similar if your feet need a little extra breeze.