If you're the sort of person who occasionally takes a climbing helmet and an ice axe on your trail runs, Salomon has designed a shoe just for you. Bridging the gap between mountain running and technical scrambling shoe, the X Alpine Pro takes the running technology and fit of their highly capable XA Elevate series and adds a climbing zone and lightweight chassis that allows you to confidently tackle the class 3 crux of your favourite "run".
- Breathable SensiFit upper offers a secure, precise fit.
- Reinforced toe bumper and medial instep protect against hard hits in rocky terrain.
- Cushioning EVA midsole.
- Advanced Chassis™ enhances stability for scrambling.
- Contragrip® TA outsole provides exceptional traction on rock.
- Deep, sharp lugs grip well on loose and uneven surfaces.
- Toe area of outsole has a climbing zone for fine edging on small footholds.
|Ideal for||Trail running|
'Minimal and natural' shoes offer low drop, lots of flex, and minimal cushioning. Most running shoes are 'Light and responsive' with medium cushioning and good energy return. 'Cushioned and floaty' shoes have maximum cushioning.
|Light and responsive|
Some shoes include added motion control or stability features to help minimize over pronation, where the foot tends to roll inward in a biomechanically imbalanced running position.
The approximate thickness of the midsole cushioning under the heel and the forefoot. A thicker heel and greater difference between heel and toe height tends to suit heel-strike runners, while forefoot and midfoot strikers may prefer a minimal drop between heel and toe cushioning.
The drop is the difference in height between the heel and the forefoot midsole cushioning. Traditional running shoes tend to have a 10mm drop or higher while minimalist style shoes are on the lower end of the spectrum.