Salomon XR Mission Review: Prequel

I’m smiling at the news that the Salomon XR Mission has arrived early at the Über Group warehouse. I got a sneak peak preview of them from a few different sources who all attended this summer’s Outdoor Retailer show. For those who you who don’t know, this is the biggest outdoor retail show in the U.S. where companies show case their new stuff for next year, a.k.a. a gear junkie’s paradise.

photo creds: UberGroup

My real first impressions of the new Salomon XR Mission was during a visit from Salomon rep Kevin Cook and Chip Parker of Über Group at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. I got to hold both, the men and women’s model, and can tell you right off the bat: light as a feather.

  • Although this shoe will fall into the same XR family as the Crossmax, I can reassure you minimalist/natural runners that this shoe will not be weighted down with a bunch of gizmos and “aids” for form and stability, it’s a 100% neutral shoe.
  • Heel to toe ride height looked much more appealing to me(10mm I believe), I’m from the school of thought: the lesser, the better (gear nerdism: Your running shoe’s ride height is measured in amount of EVA in your sole’s heel/toe, the difference is then: h-t=difference in mm).
  • Tons of flexibility thanks to several grooves in the out-sole, and what felt like very breathable upper materials similar to those in the Crossmax.
  • Woman’s model has a lady specific last; what does this mean? Well ladies they took the fact that your foot is biologically different than men and made it fit better in the heel, lacing and forefoot.
  • Noticed an isolated forefoot “lug” that is flush with the shoe but looks like it was designed for the heavier wear area of a forefoot striker’s shoe. I immediately showed the rep the under side of my shoe and laughed because this isolated area matched up perfectly to where the “bald” spot on mine was.

Overall I can’t tell you guys how pumped I really am that Salomon finally has a shoe that will please both forefoot and heel strikers, with lightness and simplicity at its core.

More to come, stay tuned!

For more pictures visit Alpenglow Sports‘ blog. Radical color scheme as always!

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