Unless you’ve lived under a rock (or aren’t active on Instagram/Tik Tok), chances are you’ve seen the steady rise of Salomon sneakers all around you. And when I say Salomon, I mean in the Sneakerhead community, I refer primarily to the XT-4 ADV and the XT-6 ADV silhouettes.
Although the French sportswear brand has a whole line-up of some rather solid products, it’s these 2 models that have made inroads to the streetwear/fashion scene. And whilst they were primarily meant for outdoor and trail use (and are consumed by that demographic purely because of it being a high-quality product), fashion’s “it” people have been prompt to take these pairs into their portfolio.
Part of the reason, I am guessing, is the emergence of Gorpcore (think Arcteryx/North Face wearing trends) but also the fact that nobody does colour-blocking like Salomon does!
Before we go ahead, here’s a review and my first thoughts on the Salomon XT-4 ADV from my YouTube Channel:
Salomon’s website describes the XT-4 as a “robust trail running shoe that provides a stable and cushioned ride.” The upper features a TPU film (looks like carbon fibre in my review video) welded on to the mesh. In the process, it makes the pair lighter in weight, than it would be otherwise. For comfort, there’s an Ortholite insole, while the outsole has an aggressive lug design, of their proprietary Contragrip. Rounding things out, is the full-length ACS (Agile Chassis System) that is meant to improve stability of your strides. The pair, although comfortable, has a firm ride, as it should being a trail sneaker. Something for you to keep in mind, before you make the purchase.
The difference between the XT-4 and the XT-6 is that the latter was introduced to be an improvement over the former. While the tech specs remain the same (almost), the XT-6 is a lot sleeker and slimmer than the chunkier XT-4.
The XT-4 and XT-6 by Salomon, are increasingly leaning towards lifestyle and athleisure consumers. And that’s also evident from the range of collaborations, and myriad colour-ways in which these models are released. Every drop, nearly selling out as soon as it releases.
What are your thoughts on the XT-4 and XT-6 by Salomon? Would you consider adding a pair to your rotation? Let me know in the comments.
Black Tee – Carhartt X Sophnet
Black Shorts – Rhuigi RHU
Blue Tee – Kith X Russell Athletic
Blue Parachute Pants – Carnival Bangkok
Tote Bag – Carhartt Reversible
Shades – Akila LA X Pleasures
Socks – Stance
All images shot on an iPhone.