Salomon XR Mission Review
Come ye road and trail runners, unite with the Salomon XR Mission! This short to mid distance trail running shoe is designed for avid trail runners who may not live next to trails, but run on roads to get to them. This versatile shoe, with many unique features, can pound the pavement and the dirt giving the XR Mission’s mission – door to trail. This lightweight, comfortable, and responsive shoe is a true athlete’s dream come true.
The men’s XR Mission and the women’s XR Mission were designed in collaboration with 2 time Olympic Marathoner and 6 time Moutain Running World Champion Jonathan Wyatt, yet were designed to be gender specific. The women’s version of the Salomon XR Mission hiking shoes isn’t a smaller size of the men’s XR Mission, it was designed with similar components distinct to women’s needs.
“The men’s Salomon XR Mission Hiking Shoes are the most well rounded training shoe I’ve ran in in the last decade. I can wear it in the gym, glide through a 20K, and rip through the trails with comfort and confidence. Not only that, but it looks cool and I’ll probably buy a second pair to wear around the office.” says House employee Matt Gustafson.
Salomon XR Mission Upper
The combination of the following features is almost unreal. The XR Mission shoes are light, and is unbelievable to think that Salomon can pack so many features on it without having the shoe weigh 12 lbs. One feature people often overlook is the gusseted tongue – it keeps dirt, mud, and basically all debris out of your shoe.
Kevlar fibers make the Quicklace what it is; strong and efficient. With one pull you’ll have a snug fit. After initial tightening, the section closest to the Quicklace pull cord will be tighter than the bottom, but after a short 50 yard jog the pressure equals throughout the shoe.
Protective TPU Toe Cap
Never mind bothersome stumps, bumps, or roots – the Protective TPU Toe Cap is a shield of confidence at the forefront of your action. It’s tough enough to kick a nail in an oak door without adding any major weight.
SensiFlex offers support and freedom near the medial and lateral knuckels of your foot. The hexagon TPU material allows the farbric to expand and contract which drastically reduce the chance of bunions and offers unparalleled comfort. For the first time ever you’re foot won’t have to mold to your shoe, your shoe molds to your foot.
Friction Free Lace Eyelet
Salomon XR Mission Outsole
The wide cushioning of the Salomon XR Mission Outsole is quite remarkable. The chevron Contagrip pattern assists your acceleration and breaking making the shoe handle like no other while the OS Tendon saves precious energy.
Non Marking Contagrip®
The cross road junction of durability and light weight ingredients are combined to make the Non Marking Contagrip outsole unbeatable. The Contagrip LT is light weight and the traction pattern amplifies your skills on technical terrain. Contagrip HA softens the harsh striking areas on rough trails and reduced outsole wear.
The high abrasion areas of the heel and ball of the foot are the dedicated areas when the Contagrip HA is located. This dependable material won’t wear away like common outsole material and it offers great support and impact resistance.
When the Oversized Tendon (OS Tendon) flexes it quickly rebounds into it’s original position; saving you more energy than you can imagine. The OS Tendon midsole integration acts like a tendon, making your strike more stable and powerful.
Salomon XR Mission Midsole
If there is two words that could sum up the Salomon XR Mission is would be…rugged cushioning. The outsole makes for the first half of the sum were as the second half emerges from the midsole. Salomon has branded the XR Mission as a short to mid distance running shoe, but with the shock absorbing midsole you’ll run longer and harder than ever before.
Light Weight Muscle
Salomon has put this EVA to the test, compressed it, and designed it to take a beating so you won’t have to.
XR Mission Sockliner