Comments: I recently did the Diablo 50k on these shoes and I will be stocking up on these in the event they discontinue it! The only comment I have is the lace is kinda stretchy which is hard to set the tightness. No problem, I just replaced it with a much less stretchy lace. Ranniedv, Concord, CA USA
From: Ranniedv, Concord, CA, USA
Comments: I've done 3 runs with them and so far its been rubbing my Achilles area and blistering. I've had issues with some other shoes too so maybe i have weird feet. overall they are comfortable if they didn't rub there. Traction is good, drainage is OK. They seem to breathe well and the laces are a tiny bit stretchy so they stay ties w/o double knots. side to side response is good if laced tightly enough. Has a fairly wide toe box relative to my normal width foot, but not so much so that it is a problem. Appears to run true to size.
From: Greg, East Peoria, IL, USA
Comments: I bought these shoes locally today and they felt so right I immediately broke them in on a 2 hour snowy trail run. These might not be the most minimalist trail shoes out there but they are very flexible, comfortable and have a low (4mm) heel to toe drop. I felt very in control on snow, uneven surfaces, mud, downhills, uphills, rocks and even going up and down long icy wooden staircases. Switched to this from the Asics Sky Speed II...a great shoe, but not suitable for trails. Xodus also has a little place to tuck in your laces and the rock plate felt very effective and flexible when met with the occasional sharply protruding object. Also has a very wide and roomy toebox which is great if you run midfoot/forefoot like I do. GET THIS SHOE! My only regret is that I couldn't wait to buy it from RW when in the States as none beats RW prices.
From: Raphael, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Comments: I was happy with the 2.0, but I really like the 4mm heel to toe on this version. Out of the box I went on a 6 mile trail run. The cushioning was superb - not too much or too little. The shoe gripped well on the log and mud infested trail. I'm not a big fan of the looks. The shoe looks too busy and I'm not sure if all of the "stuff" is needed. They are now covered with mud so it really doesn't matter. I switched from Nike to saucony about 2 years ago and am now a customer for life. Good update on the shoe.
From: Bob, Olympia, WA, USA
Comments: Took my first run on the Xodus 3.0 today. First off, the shoe looks great (red). The perceived quality and value is really high as well. I also run in the Inov-8 Roclite 285 and like it but it looks like you're getting a lot more for the same money with the Saucony. The low heel-to-toe height is definitely noticeable and it's amazing how it's hard to run slow when landing on your mid-foot because your cadence is higher and your body feels more engaged than with heel striking. I can hammer technical downhills because the shoes have cushion and protection - not something I get from the Inov8's. This shoe really has it all: low heel-to-toe (but not too low), cushioning, protection, and unmatched looks. I'm a fit and fast 33 year old trail runner and yes, the looks of the shoe do matter to me.
From: John, Ayer, MA, US
Comments: This shoe has it all, it felt lightweight when running fast. it has an awesome vibram outsole that grips well in sloppy conditions but doesn't cake up with mud like other trail shoes. the rock plate is great for when you step on a branch or rock, it flexes and moves well. it fits well from heel to toe, having a cushioned responsive ride giving you great feedback with each step. the toe box is nice and wide for when your on the balls of your feet. not a single problem..took the straight out of the box and ran a fast/muddy 10miler. A+ for me.