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I’ve known Salomon brands for a
long time but I never really had a chance to get to know their products better until
I tested out some of their apparels (you can read my review of those apparels
by clicking here).
I got to say that I am so pleased with their performance and it delivers what
they promised to deliver…no hype no sugarcoat. I also received a pair of shoes
to test out and I’ve been putting this on the mill for quite a few weeks now.
Salomonis no stranger to
trails and that’s the area where they really shine. They’re very popular with
Ultra-runners and you can pretty much equate their name to any endurance sports
you can think of.
Their trail shoes are one of the
best in the market today when it comes to durability, strength and comfort but
Salomon doesn’t want to stop there. We all know that runners are very diverse
and Salomon is making every effort not only to accommodate those trail runners
but road runners as well. I do most of my training runs on pavement since
that’s where most of my races will be but I do some off-road training once in a
while just to get my feet and ankle stronger. Running a road shoe on loose soil
is always a challenge for me and I was so glad to see that there’s a “hybrid” shoe from Salomon that can do
both…meet the X-Scream 3D. Let’s go down to the basics and know the shoe better.
·Lace Pocket: Provides easy storage for the Quick
Fit lacing system.
·Sensifit: Works to cradle the foot providing a
precise and secure fit.
·Quick Lace: Minimalistic and strong lace for
one-pull tightening. Easy on, easy off.
·Friction Free Lace Eyelet: Quick and easy one
·Molded EVA: Provides excellent next to foot
cushioning and anatomical support.
·Breathable Open Mesh
·High Abrasion ContaGrip
·Wet Traction ContaGrip
·3D Profeel Film
·Asymmetrical Heel Counter
The X-Scream 3D is
a neutral running shoe that provides impressive traction on different surfaces.
The shoe weighs in at 10.50 ounces (300
grams). The heel to toe drop is 10mm
(Heel height: 23mm, Forefoot height: 13mm). I tested a size 10 and suggest
to go ½ size up for better comfort or visit your retailer to get a good feel if
The upper material is made of a
breathable open air mesh with some added layers of fabric on the inside to
increase its structural integrity. Contrary to what I initially thought that
air passing thru the material could be an issue but that wasn’t the case. It’s
breathable enough even on those hot afternoon runs. The front end of the shoe
is sewn with flexible but sturdy toe cap to protect those piggies from any debris
Salomon has this technology that they
incorporated called ENDOFIT™ “an internal fit sleeve designed to hug the foot
in exactly the right places and improve feedback and foot wrapping”. Salomon
used a stretchable, oversized, soft material on the tongue area that is sewn to
the midsole of the shoe (see picture above). This is the first thing I felt when I
slid my foot in and it really gave me the security that my foot is “one with the shoe” and I really loved
how it felt during the run.
QUICKLACE and SENSIFIT
I’ve tested a lot of shoes in
the past but none of those have this kind of QUICKLACE™ technology. One of the
major benefits of the quick lace is getting your foot secure in a fast time,
all it takes is a one pull to tighten and you get the security your foot needs.
Aside from that, we all know that getting in and out of the shoe as quickly as
possible is important (especially if you’re racing) but the biggest benefit of
the quick lace is that eliminates the possibility of unequal distribution of
tightness around the top of the foot that could lead to a potential hot spot
and ruin your run.
Added to that great feature is the SENSIFIT™ technology that
cradles my foot providing a precise and secure fit. So how does it benefit me? One
of the issues I have on some of the shoes I tested was that my foot tends to
slide forward especially on a downhill regardless of how snug and tight I do my
laces. The combination of both technologies eliminated that issue and never did
I experience my big toe stabbing the top of my shoe. Kudos to that!
It’s worth mentioning that the
inside of the shoe is incredibly soft, you could probably run this without any
socks. I haven’t tried this yet since I like to run with my socks on but just
be careful if you want to experiment with this shoe.
The heel drop of this shoe is
10mm and though I like running with low heel drop as much as possible, this was
almost unnoticeable and it didn’t give me any issues like over stretching my
calves and heels. Actually, it even helped me more to lean forward on the take
off and gave me that extra push. The bottom of the sole is robust and firm but the
forefoot area is flexible enough to give me the proper toe off. It is so stable
that there is almost zero lateral flex (side to side flex) which makes more
sense since you don’t want the shoe to collapse when tackling corners on a fast
They utilized the Ortholite
insole that is a bit different from other insoles. It is few millimeters thick
on the bottom of the heel to help absorb the impact when running and gives some
energy return on the take-off. The materials like the ContaGrip, Injected EVA, Compressed
EVA and Profeel film were strategically arranged that works differently
depending on the surface area, the idea behind this shoe is to make it
ideal for both city and trail runs.
I normally run on a 7+ mile loop
close to where I work and the last two miles of that loop is the one that I hated most. It’s
made of uneven surfaces with lots of alligator cracks and high crowns. Surprisingly,
the shoe didn’t disappoint and it made the surface tolerable. I was able to
make my strides faster and consistent which is contrary when I am using my
other shoes. Is it just mental? Maybe. Butwhat I care most is my feet are really
From the get go, I’m not really
expecting that the ride will be as cushy like other shoes I have. Branding this
as a city and trail shoe, something has to give, right? I felt the firmness of
the sole when I ran this on the pavement but I also felt that there was still
some cushion to catch my feet on the landing. It’s more amazing how the
firmness of the sole felt differently when I tested this off road, it’s
actually cushy and forgiving on my legs and knees. The shoe was responsive and
forgiving enough on those miles that I pounded on the road and its off road traction
Salomon took the gamble of creating
a ‘hybrid” shoe designed to tackle the city and trails and I have to say that they
were spot on. Overall, the X-Scream 3D exceeded my expectations and met my
needs. I love the fact that I have the flexibility to go off road in the middle
of road run and enjoy the beauty of both sides.
For a mere price of $125, this
is a great price if you’re looking just to get out and enjoy the trails without
needing a real technical trail shoe. You can purchase this directly on their website or at retail stores near you.
Thanks for reading and I hope
that you find this information useful. I love to hear your feedback so feel
free to drop your comments below.