- Lower Drop: The heel of the Xodus 3.0 drops 3mm while the forefoot rises 5mm. The result is a flatter shoe with a drop of only 4mm.
- Lighter but Not Lightweight: The Men’s Xodus loses almost an ounce lighter and is now down to 11.3 oz. The Women’s model only loses a fraction of an ounce, and is now at 10.4 oz.
- More Aggressive Traction: The Xodus 3.0 still has a durable Vibram outsole, but the lugs have been beefed up to improve grip on inclines, declines and loose terrain.
- Closer Fit: The Xodus 3.0 wraps your foot closely, with a narrower heel and forefoot and a low toebox. The upper feels less “there” than the upper in the Xodus 2.0.
The Xodus 3.0 looks and feels nothing like its predecessor. That’s a positive thing in our eyes. While the Xodus 2.0 was a capable and durable trail shoe, it offered a fairly stiff ride that kept you at a distance from the trail.
With the Xodus 3.0, you’ll be back in touch in a big way. Responsive and smooth are words we heard repeatedly from shoe testers. The mid/outsole moves very well with your foot, and also left testers feeling confident and grounded. Credit the thick lugs that rim the shoe’s wider base for the grounded feel.
There have been a lot of striking shoe designs in recent years, but the Xodus 3.0 really stands out in our eyes as a shoe that advertises its ruggedness. In addition to adding to the look, the shoe’s overlays do a good job of locking down the midfoot.
The lower heel-to-toe drop is noticeable, especially for testers who regularly wear higher offset shoes. We think most runners will settle in with a gradual transition to the new offset. The Xodus 3.0 competes in a class of more traditional trail models including the Brooks Cascadia, Salomon Crossmax, and Adidas Response Trail, but it’s the only “traditional” model with such a low offset. Still, for the runner who wants protection on the trail, the Xodus 3.0 is about as good as it gets in 2012.
“This shoe gives me confidence on the trail. The splayed out lugs help me feel anchored to the ground, and the overlays on the upper really lock you in place.” – Joanna
“For me, this is a way better package than the Xodus 2.0. The transition is so much smoother, which ups the runability factor significantly.” – Matt
“Feels lighter than it is. I really appreciate the flexibility and grip. It’s nice to see Saucony putting thought into its complete line of trail shoes and giving trail runners a lot of options.” – Daniel