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Salomon XA Elevate Trail Shoe | Review

Salomon have created a confidence inspiring running shoe fit to tackle all environments

Dashing through the woods, riding over tree roots and rocks, up slippery paths and bounding across boulders; trail running is all about confidence. The most critical piece of equipment for trail running is, undoubtedly, the footwear. Your shoes need to feel reassuring and aggressively grippy underfoot; they need to offer just the right amount of support and flexibility, and be durable; you don’t want them falling apart the day before the big race.

Salomon are masters at making trail running shoes and have, in recent years, been right at the forefront of the category. Just look down at other runners’ feet during a trail race and Salomon will likely dominate, and for a good reason.

Featuring a specially-designed rubber compound on the outsole called Wet Traction Contagrip, this offering from the brand, the men’s and women’s XA Elevate, is made for tackling steep trails that involve not just mud but also wet and slippery rocks.

“When it comes to confident footwear on the trails, it’s often to Salomon we turn to…”

The 5mm trapezoidal lugs help dig and grip into damp ground and are able to shed sticky dirt easily, while there’s a 26mm-thick heel (and a 8mm drop from the heel to toe altogether) meaning there’s a good bit of protection underfoot.

In the midsole there is in fact a double-density compressed EVA foam which has a slight stiffness to it but it’ll still provide enough shock absorption to protect your joints on solid ground. A side reinforcement and mid plate in the chassis as well not only extends the life of the shoe but protects from rocks and roots.

The XA Elevate makes use of a Gore-Tex lining.
The 5mm trapezoidal lugs help dig and grip into damp ground on the XA Elevate. Photo: Chris Johnson
A fairly thick double-density compressed EVA foam makes up the midsole. Photo: Chris Johnson

Another useful design feature on the XA Elevate is the protection around the toe cap in the form of a welded overlay. Last but not least there’s Salomon’s always-favoured drawstring that pulls the upper close, all the way down to the tops of the toes.

When it comes to confident footwear on the trails, it’s often to Salomon we turn to, and that’s because of shoes like this; they’re all you need this year.

Tester’s Verdict

“I’ve never put on and run in a pair of trainers that my feet have instantly loved – normally it takes a few blisters and a lot of adjusting (probably a new insole and some better socks) before I settle into a pair of running shoes. Salomon prove their leading role in the running market with these shoes; comfortable, robust, light and amazing on the trails. It’s been hard to find an excuse not to go running with these.” – Athena Mellor, gear tester

Price: £69

Weight: 300g (half pair)

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