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Salomon XA Pro Hot Weather Boots

Salomon XA Pro Hot Weather Boots

Having recently looked at a full mountain boot from the Salomon Forces line-up, I thought it only fair to also look at a much lighter weight model from the same range. The XA Pro is certainly feather weight, coming in at only 442g per boot in size 9!

The XA Pros are unlined so not waterproof, but they make use of and anti-debris mesh outer so are immensely breathable; the mesh lets any moisture build-up inside the boot dissipate almost instantly which is great for general comfort, and of course a dry foot is also less prone to rub points and blisters.

The boots also benefit from stealth design and printing in non-reflective materials, a protective rubber toe cap, a positive and foam protected heel cup, and a gusseted tongue with lace pocket for Salomons’ innovative Quicklace system. The boots have a soft textile inner lining which is comfortable even with thinner socks. The sole construction is once again specific to Salomon as the Pros have a non-marking Contagrip 3D Advanced Chassis combined with a dual density compressed and moulded EVA midsole. EVA plays a role in the injected sockliner and shaped footbed with the whole thing rounded out with the excellent OrthoLite® inner soles.

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The feel and fit of the XA Pros is more akin to a high-quality running shoe; Salomon also make those for the civilian market and their “cross” trainers are industry leaders. You can certainly see where they have gained inspiration for a mid-height boot for the ‘tactical athelete’. This really is an ideal hot weather assault boot that provides underfoot stability and ankle protection, with an extremely breathable mesh upper. These are boots you can literally wear all day, in all situations.

The grip from the outsole is truly outstanding and even though the Pros really are very light they at no time feel insubstantial. The fit and the performance inspire confidence from the word go, and given Salomons hard won reputation for durability I see no reason whatsoever that the XA Pros are going to keep performing for a good long time!

The XA Pro 3D Mid Hot Weather is available for £134.99 in UK sizes 7 to 12 and come in Navajo (tan). If you require a waterproof version then the Gore Tex lined Blackout model is also available for £149.99.

The Salomon Forces range is still making its way into the UK but the XA Pro models are already available from www.hueys.co.uk.

 

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