Well folks, we’re a little over a week out from the big day, are you still in the hunt for the perfect trail shoe? Are you in a bind? Is simplicity and versatility your jam? If so, check out the Salomon XR Mission.
Touted as one of Salomon’s most versatile door-to-trail shoes, the Mission can accommodate a variety of surfaces. While the lugs on the outsole are aggressive enough to tackle more technical trail surfaces, they’re not so terrain-specific that one should be deterred from taking this shoe to surfaces not found in nature, a feature not always found in trail shoes. That is to say, if you’ve got to hit the pavement for a few miles to get to your favorite trail head—like say for instance you’ve got to run up Ruxton Avenue to get to Barr trail--this shoe will certainly cater perfectly to those needs.
The Contagrip that comprises the outsole of this shoe is made up of a more durable rubber in higher-wear areas to ensure an even wear pattern, as well as a tackier rubber to provide terrific traction on wet surfaces. Once again, Salomon’s brilliant lacing system secures the foot to prevent excess movement regardless of whether you’re climbing or descending.
While many of Salomon’s shoes provide a narrower fit given the technical-trail shoe category into which they fall, the Mission uncharacteristically but favorably has a much higher volume toe-box than many other models within the brand's line. The Sensiflex “windows” found on the medial and lateral areas of the forefoot are composed of the same material that Salomon employs in their compression garments. With the addition of this stretchy, seam-free fabric on either side of the forefoot, a wider foot can easily be accommodated.
So if you’re looking for a terrific training shoe or even light hiker, or if your “mission” is to conquer the Peak next week, give Salomon’s XR Mission a close look.