Gear Salomon Upgrades XA Forces Mid GTX Shoe Industry News January 15, 2018 Join the Conversation Written by Jacki Billings Salomon turns out an updated version of its XA Forces Mid GTX shoe, tweaking the design to focus on increased durability. Based on the XA Pro Mid (which was originally designed for military use), the new and improved XA Forces Mid GTX concentrates its efforts on providing a stronger shoe, Salomon says. Though the overall look largely remains the same, small improvements have been along the way. The new boot will use material found on the Quest 4D Boot series. The fabric delivers four times more durability when it comes to tear-strength than previously used materials, according to lab and deployment tests conducted by Salomon. Lending to a tougher design, the shoe now features a single layer construction with double and triple stitch reinforcing the material. The outsole has also be re-engineered to increase overall ruggedness. Salomon introduces a new layer into the sole to create more thickness in addition to more rubber for better contact with surfaces. The XA Forces Mid GTX also sports a rubber pad on the medial side for increased protection while a break in the heel better supports climbing, the company says. Saloman finishes off the internal and external improvements with a roomier toe box, adding more toe space than previous versions. The XA Forces Mid GTX will come in two flavors — GORE-TEX and non-GORE-TEX. The GORE-TEX variant supplies more color options (black, coyote brown, and ranger green) while the non-GORE-TEX model applies its focus to a more breathable material. (But don’t worry you can still choose from either black or coyote brown.) Soon to be available in unisex models with half sizes from U.S. 4.5 to 14.5, Saloman says the new boots should be up for grabs online or from Salomon Forces retailers later this month. Explore RECOILweb:Blue Collar Builds: Lightweight BreakdownVortex Red Dot Sight GuideBrowning Introduces the Hell’s Canyon Extra Wide SafeStar Wars - looking good NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!