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Salomon Men's XR Crossmax Guidance Trail Running Shoe

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Shoe Type: TRAIL (Support)

MSRP: $99 +

added on 9/21/10 by Chris Barber

Product Description
This is a training shoe for people who run regularly and need stable cushioning and a lightweight shoe. These shoes have Sensifit, which wraps the foot with a precise and secure fit. The Quicklace system is for easy on and off and to give a customised fit.

The Sockliner combines a specific Ortholite Foam and EVA heel cup. The Upper has Stretch Air Mesh to make this shoe breathable. With a Contagrip Sole this shoe has great grip and durability through the unique traction technology and is lightweight.

The OS Tendon runs through the sole heel to toe for better runability. With the Contagrip High Abrasion and Contagrip Light Weight this shoe has good traction, support and durability.

* Sensifit

* OS Tendon

* Quicklace System

* Sockliner

* Contagrip High Abrasion and * Contagrip Light Weight

* Stretch Air Mesh Upper


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Chris Barber on 9/21/10
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Review: The grip on the sole of the Salomon XR Crossmax Trail Running shoes are built for traction. The grip under the toes is an aggressive shaped grip that is a new product Salomon calls contragrip LT, which stands for lightweight. The front is made up of hang glider shapes, which point to the toe of the shoe for that extra traction when pushing off of loose sand or dirt. These shoes were definitely made for runners who run on their toes. The heel grip is totally different and Salomon calls it contagrip HA for high abrasion. This heel grip is focused more on support and durability rather than traction and runability like the front. One the bottom of the shoe the Salomon XR Crossmax has an over-sized tendon that looks like a glow in the dark tube running from the toe to the heel of the sole. This is to give stretch and balance from the heel to the toe in transition. It is made to absorb the flexibility when your foot makes its transition, like a foot tendon.

The upper fits snug for a couple of reasons. First, it is an all welded upper with very little stitches so you don't get blisters in different parts of your foot from running. It is made out of sensifit which is a stretchy mesh that goes all the way across the top of the instep. This is made for a tight fit around your toes but loose enough so it won't irritate them if you have injuries. Also, the inside is a one-piece liner so the interface of your foot is seamless with the shoe. Sounds pretty awesome.

Recommended for: serious trail runners looking for a hybrid running shoe that can handle the trails

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