As we’ve seen in a few previous posts Salomon seems to be stepping it up in the world of trail running with a whole slew of new products coming out with what seems to be a charge to convert all of you road runners into trail converts. Many of these products seem to be attempting to bridge the gap and be a quiver of one intending to be used on-road and off-road (as seen with the Crossmax XR). For your viewing pleasure here are some more photos and information on their up and coming shoes specifically the XR Mission.
Salomon’s XR Mission;
weight: 11.46 oz (men’s US size 9) 9.7 oz (women’s US size 7)
For those of you who are into the whole shoe height and ramp angle thing both men’s and women’s shoes have a 20mm heel height and 10mm toe height which is slightly less than the majority of running shoes, but by no means a zero angle shoe. The XR Mission seems to be a short to middle distance all terrain shoe.
One thing you’ll see in the XR Mission is Salomon’s SENSI-FIT technology which is a super stretchy material in the metatarsal area that capacitates foot swelling with longer mileage or a wider foot.
As you can see below the outsole of the XR Mission isn’t overly aggressive to accommodate the all terrain on-road/off-road runner. This definitely appears to lean towards the road side of things in comparison to the final picture of a comparison of the Fell Cross and Spike Cross outsoles.
A final look at Salomon’s Spike Cross and Fell Cross outsole for comparison. Obviously both much more aggressive the Spike Cross with it’s studded outsole for icy, snowy conditions and the Fell Cross for muddy soft conditions with it’s harder rubber similar to a soccer cleat in density.
More 2012 goodies from Salomon coming ASAP!