Salomon's new X-Over trail shoe is built for fast and light hiking. During my recent trip to Garmisch in the Bavarian Alps, I was loaned a pair of these trail shoes to test out in this vast outdoor playground, hiking, scrambling or trail running almost every day.
With an optimized fit for women, Salomon's Sensifit system (the zig zag network on the outside of the shoe that connects to the lacing) works together with the EVA heel cup in the OrthoLite sock liner to cradle your entire foot and give you a precise and secure fit.
The X-Over trail shoes are constructed on top of Salomon's 3D Advanced Chassis, a low profile platform placed between the outsole and midsole, providing stability over rough and uneven terrain. The upper heel foam cup adds comfort and works to keep you blister free. A heel strap is useful for either hooking the shoes to your pack or helping to pull the trail shoes on and off.
The Quicklace system offers one pull tightening with super strong laces for quick and easy on and off. You no longer have to worry about your laces coming untied mid-hike. I love the ease and security of the Quicklace system but I have a problem with the length of the laces. Once pulled tight, you can all too easily trip over the end of the laces (I took a nice face planter digger on a trail run).
The Salomon X-Over are designed to be a cross between a trail shoe and an approach shoe. As a trail shoe, they are extremely lightweight and comfortable for running and also make great light hikers, probably my favorite use for the shoe. The molded rubber toe cap works well at protecting your toes from those errant rocks and stumps on the trail.
Even with the non-marking Contragrip outsole, I would be cautious about using the X-Over trail shoes on technical, steep approaches. During a few scrambles in the Bavarian Alps, I regularly slid on steep, slabby terrain, especially when it was a bit wet.
Bottom Line: The Salomon X-Over is an extremely comfortable trail shoe for running or fast and light hiking, one you could wear all day without your feet hurting or getting tired.
The Salomon X-Over trail shoes come in both a men's and women's version and retail for $130.