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WEIGHT 350 g (12.3 oz.) DROP 6 mm

Canadian Running - - DEPARTMENTS -

One of the most cel­e­brated shoes in Canada for the ul­ti­mate win­ter trail run­ning ex­pe­ri­ence is Salomon’s Snowcross. It’s got a to­tally wa­ter­proof gaiter up­per and a mean look­ing tread, which in­cludes sharp spikes for grab­bing onto ice and tear­ing through snow.

Of course, the Snowcross is pretty use­less when you’re not trudg­ing across the frozen tundra. That’s where Salomon’s lat­est big game trail run­ner, the S-Lab XA Alpine, steps in.

The up­per’s con­struc­tion is com­pa­ra­ble to the Snowcross, with a thor­oughly wa­ter­proof booty that zips shut and locks with Vel­cro well above the an­kle. In­side, Salomon ap­pear to have tucked in their loud-red S-Lab Sense shoe, which is ac­tu­ally a light­weight trail racer/trainer. It’s got their quick­lace sys­tem, mak­ing the shoe easy to get on and off, and oth­er­wise cuts down on the over­all bulk of such a tough shoe.

The XA Alpine is a touch warm for peak sum­mer use (un­less you’re up in the moun­tains), but oth­er­wise it’s very func­tional for all sorts of Cana­dian trail run­ning con­texts. Of course, the XA Alpine earns its name, and is ideal up on the side of a moun­tain in Al­berta or B.C., but it’s also fan­tas­tic for pow­er­ing through streams and across boul­ders in any of Canada’s many in­cred­i­ble trail run­ning mi­lieus, han­dling slip­pery rocks, loose scree and deep mud with ease.

If you’re go­ing out in the woods for long, gnarly run­ning ad­ven­tures, the XA Alpine is a good pick.— CR

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