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The Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral trail-running shoes provide an ideal platform for high-mileage runners looking for a single pair of shoes to take them from the street to the trail and back again.Nylon mesh uppers feature Sensifit synthetic leather overlays that wrap and secure insteps for a precise fitQuicklace lacing system takes just 1 pull for a perfect fit; lace pocket hides lacing awayProtective toe and heel caps guard against bumps and abrasionNeutral last ensures the shoes work with the natural shape of men's feet, enhancing greater comfort and efficiencyAdvanced OS Tendon frames run along the soles of the shoes to facilitate better heel-to-toe transitions as you runTriple-density EVA midsoles isolate you from trail impacts, and thermoplastic urethane inserts provide a barrier against sharp rocks underfootContagrip LT® and Contragrip HA® combination outsoles provide solid traction and tenacious grip and conform to feet for improved lateral fitThe Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral Trail-Running Shoes sport reflective detailing to increase your visibility in low light
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I wanted to add that several months latter and after giving these a severe beating during the course of many obstacles races, they have kept me on my feet with a unparalleled grip, whilst others have tumbled these have kept me on track.
The crossmax neutral are, as they say, a neutral cushioned shoe ideal for people with high arches and for those who under pronate.
They are an all rounder, a typical door to trail, they don't specialise in anything.
If you want to run all day in the high mountains and fells through peat, bogs and tussocks then buy yourself some proper fell running shoes.
If you want to run from your front door, onto some light trail, then through some muddy forest tracks, up into the hills, then onto some hard compact foot paths then back home again without using your car then this is what these shoes are for.
The thing they do excel at is high mileage, they ideal for ultra running where mixed terrains are the norm.
I've done a few 28 mile runs in them and they were excellent, I recently did a 50 k ultra which 50% was road so I chose to use my road shoes instead as for long stretches of hard Tarmac they do become a bit on the hard side.
Things to watch out for -
They are a stiff ride, they have a rock plate on the sole so have very little flexibility....those making the transition from road to trail might find them a jolt from the bendy flexibility of road shoes.
DON'T be tempted to buy the gore tex version or the climashield. In my opinion buying waterproof trail shoes is completely pointless. If you stand in a deep puddle or bog and the water comes over the side all the gore tex will do is stop water escaping from inside your shoe and you'll end up with your foot in a bath of water and cripple your self with blisters.
Lace system - is totally excellent in my humble opinion, a great innovation.
I love my cross max, they do everything I need them to do and more.
Unfortunately, approximately one year after purchase my shoes developed a rip on the right toe. I've used the shoes approximately 3 times a week for 8km runs and outdoor circuit training - so decent usage but not what I would consider aggressive for a trail running shoe. After contacting customer service I was astonished to hear that Salomon considered this 'normal wear and tear' and wouldn't offer any kind of credit towards a new pair despite claiming the shoes have a 2 year warranty.
To put this in context, my previous pair of shoes were 'normal' Asics road running shoes and they put up with the running and outdoor circuits for 3 years - and in fact are still in better condition than these Salomons are now. Given the response from Salomon, I have to assume that this is a genuine durability issue with these shoes (rather than a manufacturing fault with my pair) and so can't recommend buying them.
Would recommend to runners looking for a first trail running pair of shoes. Brilliant if fancy a road run also