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Salomon Announces Upgraded XA Forces Mid GTX Shoe

Although originally designed as a trail runner, the XA Forces Mid has become the heavy lifter in the Salomon Forces line due to its lightweight construction which offers a great deal of ankle support and foot stability.


When the Forces line first launched, they took commercial footwear which were popular with military and LE customers and essentially gave them a new paintjob. What they found over the past few years is that the Forces customer subjects the shoes to situations that they were not originally designed for. After analyzing the returns, Salomon designers embarked on a significant upgrade to this popular shoe. In a rare peek into the design process, Salmon shared this drawing with us. The final product differs slightly.

There are specific issues which have been addressed. For instance, they’ve introduced the same material used in the Quest 4D. Additionally, they changed the construction to introduce double and even triple stitching. They’ve also eliminated overlaps of fabric wherever possible because thenedges of fabric was getting caught while riding Quads and separating.


Here, you can see the new instep, designed to take more wear and tear while climbing ropes and fast roping.


Finally, Solomon improved the sole and introduced a wider toe box.

The XA Forces Mid is available with or without a Gore-Tex lining in US sizes U.S. 4.5 to 12.5, plus 13.5 and 14 in Black, Coyote and Ranger Green (GTX version only).

Below is their full press release.

Improved strength, durability the focus in this key Forces range model

Salomon has revealed a new, upgraded XA Forces Mid GTX shoe, the centerpiece of the brand’s Forces range. If you liked the brand’s XA Pro Mid, the earlier version of this shoe, you will appreciate the improvements made to the new XA Forces Mid GTX. Available beginning January 2018, it features several improvements over its predecessor, which was the very first shoe that the brand developed specifically for military use. In the GORE-TEX® version, it will be available in black, coyote brown and ranger green. The shoe is also available in a non-GORE-TEX® version offering a more breathable variant. The non-GORE-TEX® version is available in black and coyote brown.

Now in unisex models (available in half sizes from U.S. 4.5 to 12.5, plus 13.5 and 14.5), the design goal of the XA Pro Mid GTX was to improve strength and durability. It will use the same fabric found on the Quest 4D Boot, which is four times more durable compared to the previous fabric when it comes to tear strength, and has been put to the test in the lab and on deployment. To make it stronger, the shoe now has a single-layer construction, reducing the overlapping of materials. Formerly a single stitched shoe, the new version has double and triple stitching for stronger seem construction.

The outsole also has a more durable design. A new layer adds to the sole’s thickness and additional rubber with deeper lugs provides more contact with the ground. A break in the design of the heel helps with climbing, while a rubber pad on the medial side of the shoe aids in protection. The toebox has also been made slightly roomier than in the previous version.

Available soon from or your favorite Salomon Forces dealer.


21 Responses to “Salomon Announces Upgraded XA Forces Mid GTX Shoe”

  1. mc314 says:

    Would the XA pro low top trail runners be getting a similar update? I hope they bring back the non-gtx XA pro forces low tops if they do so.

    • SSD says:

      No, this is where they begin to drift apart.

      • mc314 says:

        Copy that. Seems that they’ve discontinued the non goretex XA Pro low tops. I have a pair right now and hope to buy them in the future. Any news on if those are coming back, by any chance?

        • HUGO says:

          Hi all,
          Being involved in the Forces program from France, I can tell you that the XA Pro 3D lowcut will just be continued in Gore-Tex version so far.
          But an adjustment according to what we’ve done on the Mids is in the pipeline.

          For lowcut non-Gore-Tex, there are dark options from the trail running offer.

  2. Blaine B. says:

    Wide sizes?

    • Mark S says:

      ^^^This^^^ Please!!!

      • HUGO says:

        Here is an aditionnal comment regarding that request:
        we have used on that model the same last as the Quest 4D GTX boot, which is a 6mm wider on the toe area than the previous XA Pro 3Ds.
        That will make already a significant differenet and you’ll definitely feel it.

  3. Stefan S. says:

    Hopefully they’ve fixed the narrow toe box.

    • Jeff S says:

      It’s in the article, “Finally, Solomon improved the sole and introduced a wider toe box.”

  4. Vince says:

    Any word on a domestic (U.S.) manufacturing facility for Berry compliance?

  5. JMo says:

    Maybe unpopular, but Burro color please. . .

  6. Chris K. says:

    In stock now at O P Tactical XA Forces Mid GTX 2018 Model black color!

  7. Loopy says:

    Any US retailers carrying the coyote or green yet?

  8. lcpl1066 says:

    Hopefully these will be on their Experticity page. Now if only the tongues didn’t make so much noise.

  9. Lasse says:

    My biggest gripe from the first pair of Forces I had (from the GIGN batch) to the rest is that they took away that heel cushion thing. For me, the older models feel way better than the current one. This one doesn’t have it either..

    Any update on the main material separating from the sole? That’s been the failure point on 3 pairs for me.

  10. Jk says:

    These are the best shoes for any kind of “normal” work, hands down.

  11. Matt says:

    Just saw Salomon has a new Quest 4d 3 GTX- wonder if Forces version(s) is/are inbound…?