When I heard about these I raised an eyebrow, sat forward in my high backed leather chair, poised, my interest piqued. After a moment I leapt to my feet, sending my clay pipe clattering terminally to the flagstone floor and rushed to the West Wing to use the telephone, silk dressing gown flapping around me like batman’s cape. I pulled the earpiece from its brass cradle, and shouted into the mouthpiece “Operator! Operator! My temperature is still high from this flu and I may be halucinating parts of this scenario, but nonetheless, give me Salomon,…quickly!!…”
Joyce took the soup ladle from my hand and pushed me back onto the couch, “Yes, yes, back to sleep…”.
However, they’re now here which is the important thing. They are very much like a grown up XA 3D Pro trail shoe, which for me is a good thing as those shoes fit my feet perfectly. The sole unit/chassis construction and the sole pattern obviously has the same DNA as the trail shoe, but they’re much beefed up. This more aggressive and deeper lugged sole is what I’d like to see on the Pros as well. It’s their only downfall, lack of grip in wet conditions. The sole has a mix of deeper lugs and flat surfaces to give you both grip in soft terrain and low rolling resistance. Well it would if it was a mountain bike tyre, but the principle is the same: “All round performance”.
The upper has some sensible randing and there’s not much stitching that looks as if it’ll take a beating. They’re Gore-Tex lined and the tongue is bellowed to the top, so with a wee gaiter on there you’re good for setting sail into the boggy slushy shite we’ll be getting soon enough.
The fit’s good, and they’re light enough at 480g for me not have an issue.
I’ve got high hopes for these given my familiarity with Salomon, so I’m likely to just take these out on a quick backpack fastpack as soon as I stop coughing.