After revolutionising mountain multi-sports, and selling over a million pairs over the past ten years, the Salomon XA Pro 3D still defines the versatility of mountain sports – according to Salomon.
Salomon worked closely with elite adventure racing athletes
From 2003 to 2005, Salomon’s engineers and designers had been working closely with top athletes in adventure racing, to come up with a shoe that would ensure fast movement, that is hiking, scrambling, running and cycling over a range of mountainous landscapes.
Provide mid-foot and heel stability
The main purpose of these shoes was to give users mid-foot and heel stability, while still allowing agility and range of motion in the forefoot. After plenty of testing, they developed the 3D Chassis – this is a flexible, cushioned plate in the shoe midsole that gives the wearer balance of stability and flexibility to run in rugged landscapes. And then in the year 2005, the Salomon XA Pro 3D was finally launched globally.
Closely associated with active mountain sports today
Today, the story has been told many times. The XA Pro 3D is now closely associated with mountain sports. Stable, lightweight, protective and cushioned, it is well-loved by all types of mountain athletes – that it is available at mountain towns from all over the world.
Since then, Salomon has continuously refined the shoe – to now include mid-height as well as waterproof versions. But this revolutionary shoe is still based largely on the 3D Chassis – this is a patented design that continues to even outshine their imitators today, according to Salomon.
A stylish, high-performing shoe
XA Pro’s combination of the all surface Contagrip® Sole, stable 3D Chassis, and unmatched fit via SensifitTM with QuicklaceTM still delivers performance and style details today – that are immediately recognised far beyond the community of mountain athletes all over the world.
Said shoe developer Fred Cretinon, “This shoe is so multi-functional that it has extended out of the athlete’s niche. Amateurs have adopted it because it allows them to run short distances, hike, or even just for the sporty look.”
This year, to make the 10th anniversary of these special shoes, Salomon is introducing limited edition XA Pro 3D versions for men and women.
The Salomon 10th Anniversary Limited Edition XA Pro 3D is on sale for $229 and is available at Salomon concept stores, selected World of Outdoors as well as World of Sports stores.