Salomon XA Pro 3D Overview
The Salomon XA Pro 3D shoes are a flagship model that’s well-loved and well-used by hikers and runners alike. They use the Quicklace system by Salomon, which does away with that whole “tying” your shoes thing, and the soles are some of the grippiest around. The 3D Advanced Chasis is fancy terminology for a highly stable, versatile shoe that can run or hike.
While we often give out awards and Picks for gear, we won’t be for shoes. After testing many shoes and finding the right fit for each member of our team, we realized that a shoe is simply too subjective to unequivocally recommend to anyone.
Our advice is to know what brands of shoe fit you generally by trying them on in store, and then look for excellent models, which we review here. Look in our specifications table to see if the shoe generally fits wide, narrow, or standard-sized feet. There are a lot of differing elements among shoes, but this is the one that matters right off the bat.
With that said, the Salomon XA Pro 3D really stood out for a hybrid shoe. Light, agile, protective, and incredible traction allowed running and hiking with ease. There are so many amazing features to these shoes that, after trying them, you might be wondering what you’ve been putting your feet into all these years.
Read the full Salomon XA Pro 3D review below.
Salomon XA Pro 3D Star Rating
After putting it to the test, the XA Pro 3D is not just a fantastic trail running shoe, but it’s highly capable of hiking and backpacking, too. If you’re looking for a solid, slightly heavy trail runner that can double duty as your wilderness trekking shoe, this just may be the ticket.
Update: We reviewed the Salomon XA Pro 3D trail running shoes in 2018, and it remains largely the same. The colorway has been updated slightly, but all key components haven’t changed.
Salomon XA Pro 3De Specifications
|Feature Type||Feature Specs||What This Means|
|Weight||13.4 oz. (380 g) per shoe||A heavy trail runner. It makes up for the weight in stability and durability, but you will feel these on your feet.|
|General Fit||Narrow||Salomon is known for a very narrow fit, and that is true with the XA Pro 3D. However, they do offer a wide version for those who want to try to make it fit!|
|Cushion||Medium/High||The cushion on this shoe is just between medium and high, which means your feet won’t be too sore after long runs.|
|Stack Height||27 mm heel, 16 mm forefoot||The stack height is the cushion, and it decreases from heel to forefoot.|
|Heel-Toe Drop||11 mm||This heel-toe drop is quite high for trail running shoes, but pretty standard for boots and hiking shoes. If you want a zero-drop experience, or close to it, this is not the shoe for you.|
|Arch Type||Neutral (Normal Arch)||The XA Pro 3D has a neutral arch that fits most people.|
|Rock Plate?||No||The XA Pro 3D does not have a rock plate, which means you can feel the trail better. It also means the protection against very sharp rocks isn’t as good as other shoes.|
|Lace System||Quicklace||The Quicklace system allows you to pull your laces tight, rather than tie them, and store away easily. People love this system!|
|Sizes Available||7-14 for Men, 5-12 for Women, with half sizes or not||Sizes for nearly everyone.|
|Manufacturer Warranty||Two Year Limited Warranty||Salomon offers legal language for its warranty claims. After parsing through it, we found that it offers a two year limited warranty on shoes, which includes manufacture defects and workmanship issues. Customer service is solid though, so get in touch if there’s an issue.|
|Retail Price||$130||A high price for an excellent, versatile shoe.|
Gear Review of the Salomon XA Pro 3D
Origins: Easing You In
Living in the high rockies I tend to encounter all different kinds of terrain, weather, and overall trail conditions. I’ve often hoped to find something to hike and run in that would be stable, comfortable, grippy, and lighter than my mountaineering boots. I was stoked to find that the XA Pro 3D fit the bill.
I’ve taken these shoes on hikes over 12,000 feet in the rockies, in deep canyons out in Moab, and in the damp forests of northern New Mexico. In all of these varied conditions they excelled, and I was happy to have something to just slip onto my feet and go. Whether it be sand, snow, rocks, or dirt, the XA Pro 3D hooked up with everything and inspired so much confidence I almost felt like I actually belonged in the woods — you know, like an animal does.
Revelation: The Moment I Knew
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It was early in the afternoon and I needed to burn off some excess energy before consuming a burrito the size of my arm. I tossed my running vest on and pulled the Quicklace system tight, then darted out of the house and headed to the trail. Climbing to an elevation of 10,200 feet, I ran through mud, snow, and ice on this early October run.
The descent is where the XA Pro 3D blew me away. The traction is unbelievable on wet terrain. This gave me the confidence to push it into a higher gear, knowing that the shoes would find footing on whatever I ran over. I flew down that mountain.
On every hike I’ve been impressed with the traction these shoes provide — even on hikes where my unruly puppy wants to pull me down the mountain, these things dig in and keep me upright.
Much like a stubborn six year old, I really hate having to tie my shoes. I was a long time cyclist and enjoyed using shoes with either a velcro, buckle, or BOA closure system. Seriously, laces are so 15th century.
Well, here comes Salomon to the rescue! The Quickace system is amazing — it just works. Slip your feet into these shoes, pull a quick and easy toggle, and bam — you’re laced up and ready to go.
I also love the little pocket to stuff the system into — it’s a stretch mesh lip on the outside of the tongue that allows you to quickly tuck the lacing system away, so there’s nothing bouncing around on the outside of your shoe. When you’re done with your long (or short) day out on the trail simply release the tension and the shoes pop right off.
Another feature that has really stood out to me is the protection that these shoes offer while remaining relatively lightweight — each shoe is about 13 ounces, depending on size. The solid cushion and 3D chassis underfoot, as well as the reinforced toe cap, are substantial. I’ve taken the XA Pro 3D shoes on a few 10-plus mile runs in the Rockies and have had no discomfort or bruising on my feet.
I’ve also biffed it more than a few times and caught my toe on some rocks or roots, but the toe cap has kept the pain to a minimum. While of course it doesn’t offer the protection of a full-on hiking boot, it weighs a fraction of what those typically weigh and provides superior comfort to most trail runners. The protection features combined with the Quicklace system has led to a very secure, agile, and robust hiking shoe.
While I can’t comment on extremely long durability, over the course of four months beating these up in the Colorado mountains, they show no sign of wear. The reinforced toe cap provides an extra measure of durability and I’ve had no issues even after getting it caught under jagged rocks.
I’ve found the soles of these shoes to be A++. Salomon uses their Premium Wet Traction Contragrip on these shoes and others (like the Speedcross 4’s), and they are outstanding. They grip everything from snow and slush to mud, wet rocks, roots, wet leaves, and all the rest. After 120 miles or so the tread shows no wear, though I imagine due to the compound they will wear quicker if used for backpacking.
The upper on the XA Pro 3D is very well thought out. The Quicklace system has its own little pocket to tuck right into, which I’ve loved. The shoe is highly breathable, but it should be noted that this version is not waterproof. That being said, I’ve encountered plenty of wet conditions and even soaked these in some snow — they dry out pretty quickly.
These shoes will fit narrow-footed folks beautifully, as is typical of Salomon. I have fairly narrow feet and the Quicklace system helps me get it dialed in perfectly. I’ve had issues with the fit of other shoes, but the Salomon XA Pro 3D straps on like a glove.
For the XA Pro 3D, Salomon does offer a specific wide model. I didn’t test this, as the normal shoes fit great, but this could be an option for wider-footed folks who want to give this Salomon model a shot.
Trail Running vs Hiking and Backpacking
I’ve put a few 10 mile days on these shoes and have been extremely impressed with the performance of the shoes on each run. While they are on the heavier side for true trail runners, they do provide fantastic rock protection. The trails I hit here have a great mix of terrain, from alpine tundra to above tree line talus, and they handle it all without issue. I will be purchasing Salomons for my running pursuits for some time to come.
In terms of backpacking, I have not taken them on a long trip yet, but believe they would hold up as long as my load isn’t more than 30 pounds, as I’ve hiked with a load (and a dog) to get a feel for them. As a lightweight backpacking shoe they will perform just fine, and are lighter than your typical hiking shoe or boot.
While I absolutely love these shoes there are two points that stick out to me as potential issues.
First, the XA Pro 3D is not light when compared to most other trail runners. It’s not nearly as heavy as boots, but it also won’t provide the all day comfort under heavy loads that boots will. The shoe strikes a solid in-between.
Personally, I don’t think these will take you on a 20-mile day with a fully loaded backpack (30-40 pounds). If you are doing days under 20 miles and carry a modest load, I do believe the protection in these shoes will be adequate. Which, to be fair, is what a lot of people do. If you have a lighter load they work extremely well.
The second point of contention is a toss up. The shoes are not waterproof. While I don’t mind this and actually prefer it for running, that is not always the case for hiking and backpacking. Depending on where you live and hike you may run into issues pretty quickly. When headed out in the early morning hours you will discover that your feet will become soaked from the dew and frost that has accumulated overnight. This will dry out, but it’s no picnic to start your day with wet feet.
Salomon does offer this model with a Gore-Tex liner, so you can make them waterproof, but then breathability suffers. It’s mostly your call in terms of this preference — do you want breathability on runs, or waterproofing during backpacking trips?
I wish I had known about the Salomon XA Pro 3D sooner, though I guess if I had I wouldn’t be writing this review. I love just about every darned thing about these shoes. They inspire confidence on the trail and make my feet happy mile after mile after mile. I won’t hesitate to buy the same pair of shoe for years to come.
Where to Buy Salomon XA Pro 3D
We tested the men’s Salomon XA Pro 3D shoe. There is a women’s Salomon XA Pro 3D shoe, which is the exact same except for fit. This shoe is highly versatile, and the model we recommend for trail runners, hikers, and backpackers that want a do-it-all shoe.
Due to this shoe’s popularity, Salomon has a lot of models that diverge from the main one. The one to look for is the XA Pro 3D GTX, which is the same shoe but with a Gore-Tex liner, to keep your feet dry, and it’s offered in men’s and women’s.
There are other versions of the shoe with “CS WP” after the name, and others still with letters like “J”, “K”, and “M+”. These have to do with sizing, or other aspects that differ slightly from the main shoe. We recommend sticking with the normal XA Pro 3D.
Compare Salomon XA Pro 3D shoe prices below.
Hi, I’m Jon Rosenberg! I’m a mountain runner, entrepreneur, mountain lover, and enthusiast for just about all things outdoors. I’m based in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado at the foot of the incredibly rugged San Juan Mountains. You can find me running single-track trails above treeline or backpacking the Colorado Trail. Gear is my thing. I even own my own gear company!
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Salomon XA Pro 3D Star Rating
After putting it to the test, the XA Pro 3D is not just a fantastic trail running shoe, but it's highly capable of hiking and backpacking, too. If you're looking for a solid, slightly heavy trail runner that can double duty as your wilderness trekking shoe, this just may be the ticket.
What is Salomon 3D chassis?
The 3D Chassis is very similar to the 4D chassis found in Salomon's backpacking boots. with the 3D Chassis, a plastic insert runs from heel to toe, providing a rigid platform with stability in every direction. The plastic insert covers the entirety of the heel and then flares out around the outer edges of the forefoot.
Xa Pro 3d – Unisex Sportstyle Shoes | Salomon
XA PRO 3D We strive to make our website accessible and enjoyable for all users and are committed to achieving Level AA conformance for this website in conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and achieving compliance with other accessibility standards. However, if there is any information you cannot easily access, please call a Salomon customer service agent at 1-833-230-0292 or contact us through the contact form for alternate means of communication. No products are matching your search. Home Sportstyle – Shop all Sneakers XA PRO 3D XA PRO 3D Unisex Sportstyle Shoes Ratings 3.1/5 (19 reviews) Ref. : Overview Revamped with modern materials, an updated mesh pattern and plenty of color, the XA PRO 3D is a tribute to one of Salomon’s best-selling trail running shoes. You get the same stable, consistent ride and just as much traction in wet weather. Be equipped for any adventure, whatever your playground. Reviews Ratings 3.1/5 (19 reviews) Rated 4 out of 5 by MarkSand from Great shoe but But it doesn’t run true to size of other Salomon shoes. A frequent issue as you go from say Ultra and Speedcross to other modelsDate published: 2022-08-25 Rated 4 out of 5 by Ryno from Doubled Up I recently bought 2 pairs and so far these are good looking, well wearing shoes. The soles are not as comfortable as the first version of the XA PRO 3D that I owned about 4-years ago which also too zero break-in. Still, with more use, the more I like them. I’ve considered buying replacement inserts to see if I can make the comfort similar to the originals.Date published: 2022-08-09 Rated 5 out of 5 by Norgi from Maybe the best stability shoe ever I have completely thrashed about 10-12 pairs of this shoe over the years and three pairs of the new v8. I love both the old and the new versions for situations requiring grip, stability and foot protection. A great all round shoe as well, they are designed to tolerate extreme use. Hoping for restocks soon, maybe some more desirable colors.Date published: 2022-05-27 Rated 5 out of 5 by Swider from The best all terrain shoe On my 3rd pair of xa pros. These are simply the best all sound shoe you can get. Wish they still made the xa pro 3d in gore-tex as I believe it’s much better than the v8 version.Date published: 2022-05-21
Salomon XA Pro 3D Review | Trail Running Shoes
Salomon XA Pro 3D Review | Trail Running Shoes | Backpackers.com Salomon XA Pro 3D Overview The Salomon XA Pro 3D shoes are a flagship model that’s well-loved and well-used by hikers and runners alike. They use the Quicklace system by Salomon, which does away with that whole “tying” your shoes thing, and the soles are some of the grippiest around. The 3D Advanced Chasis is fancy terminology for a highly stable, versatile shoe that can run or hike. While we often give out awards and Picks for gear, we won’t be for shoes. After testing many shoes and finding the right fit for each member of our team, we realized that a shoe is simply too subjective to unequivocally recommend to anyone. Our advice is to know what brands of shoe fit you generally by trying them on in store, and then look for excellent models, which we review here. Look in our specifications table to see if the shoe generally fits wide, narrow, or standard-sized feet. There are a lot of differing elements among shoes, but this is the one that matters right off the bat. With that said, the Salomon XA Pro 3D really stood out for a hybrid shoe. Light, agile, protective, and incredible traction allowed running and hiking with ease. There are so many amazing features to these shoes that, after trying them, you might be wondering what you’ve been putting your feet into all these years. Read the full Salomon XA Pro 3D review below. Salomon XA Pro 3D Star Rating Durability Soles Uppers Summary After putting it to the test, the XA Pro 3D is not just a fantastic trail running shoe, but it’s highly capable of hiking and backpacking, too. If you’re looking for a solid, slightly heavy trail runner that can double duty as your wilderness trekking shoe, this just may be the ticket. Update: We reviewed the Salomon XA Pro 3D trail running shoes in 2018, and it remains largely the same. The colorway has been updated slightly, but all key components haven’t changed. Salomon XA Pro 3De Specifications Feature Type Feature Specs What This Means Weight 13.4 oz. (380 g) per shoe A heavy trail runner. It makes up for the weight in stability and durability, but you will feel these on your feet. General Fit Narrow Salomon is known for a very narrow fit, and that is true with the XA Pro 3D. However, they do offer a wide version for those who want to try to make it fit! Cushion Medium/High The cushion on this shoe is just between medium and high, which means your feet won’t be too sore after long runs. Stack Height 27 mm heel, 16 mm forefoot The stack height is the cushion, and it decreases from heel to forefoot. Heel-Toe Drop 11 mm This heel-toe drop is quite high for trail running shoes, but pretty standard for boots and hiking shoes. If you want a zero-drop experience, or close to it, this is not the shoe for you. Arch Type Neutral (Normal Arch) The XA Pro 3D has a neutral arch that fits most people. Rock Plate? No The XA Pro 3D does not have a rock plate, which means you can feel the trail better. It also means the protection against very sharp rocks isn’t as good as other shoes. Lace System Quicklace The Quicklace system allows you to pull your laces tight, rather than tie them, and store away easily. People love this system! Sizes Available 7-14 for Men, 5-12 for Women, with half sizes or not Sizes for nearly everyone. Manufacturer Warranty Two Year Limited Warranty Salomon offers legal language for its warranty claims. After parsing through it, we…
Salomon XA Pro 3D v8 Shoe Review – Switchback Travel
Switchback Travel | Salomon XA Pro 3D v8 Shoe Review Salomon XA Pro 3D v8 Price: $130Weight: 1 lb. 6.6 oz. (women’s size 8.5)Waterproof: No (GTX available)What we like: The weight of a running shoe with the stability and protection of a lightweight hiker.What we don’t: Too bulky and stiff for most trail runners; polarizing lacing system.See the Women’s Salomon XA Pro 3D v8 See the Men’s Salomon XA Pro 3D v8 3.9 Salomon is one of the biggest and most respected names in outdoor footwear, with an extensive lineup that spans the road running, trail running, and hiking categories. The XA Pro 3D, now in its 8th iteration, slots in as a crossover design: A shoe that’s built for technical trail running but that works well for fast-and-light hiking. We put the XA Pro 3D to the test in rugged Patagonia, where it struck us as protective and well cushioned for carrying a pack over long distances but felt overbuilt for running. Below we break down the Salomon XA Pro 3D’s performance. To see how it stacks up, see our articles on the best women’s hiking shoes and best trail-running shoes. Table of Contents Hiking Comfort Protection Weight Traction Breathability Build Quality and Durability Fit and Sizing What We Like/What We Don’t Comparison Table The Competition Performance Hiking Comfort Although designated as a trail runner, many people use the Salomon XA Pro 3D for hiking, and we can see why. The tongue and collar feature generous padding that hugs my foot, and the SensiFit system, which extends from the midsole to the mesh upper, creates a secure, close hold. I’m used to wearing stiff approach shoes for hiking, but I was happily surprised by the XA Pro 3D’s cushioning and flexibility on the trail. My primary comfort-related complaint is that while the shoe fit well right out of the box, the placement of the lacing across the toe box proved to be problematic and put undue pressure on my big toe. Not everyone will experience the same issue (it depends on foot shape), but this area was notably uncomfortable for me (more in “Salomon’s Quicklaces” below). Compared to more modern trail runners that cross over into the fast-and-light hiking world (like the Hoka One One Speedgoat and Altra Lone Peak), the XA Pro 3D feels fairly dated. In particular, I found the shoe to be rough and unpolished along the interior—akin to a running shoe I might have owned 10 years ago. Further, if you’re used to the integrated tongue that you get with some of Salomon’s other running models, including the Sense Ride 4, you might be disappointed with the XA Pro’s detached design, which adds bulk and makes the shoe less streamlined overall. And lastly, despite a reasonably light build, the XA Pro 3D feels notably stiff and cumbersome underfoot. For a sleeker, softer, and more modern design for hiking, we’d recommend a shoe like the aforementioned Lone Peak or Salomon’s own X Raise. Trail Running in the XA Pro 3D While we like the XA Pro 3D for fast-and-light missions and the occasional trail jog, we hesitate to recommend it as a dedicated trail runner. Compared to my go-to option, the Topo Athletic MTN Racer (15.4 oz. per pair), the Salomon feels clunky and slow, and the 11-millimeter drop (compared to the MTN Racer’s 5mm) isn’t as neutral as I prefer. If you’re in the market for a do-it-all shoe and aren’t trying to break any speed records, the XA Pro 3D is serviceable. But if you spend a good amount of time trail…
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Amazon.com | Salomon Men’s XA PRO 3D Trail Running Shoe, Umber/Black/Hawaiian Sunset, 9.5 US | Trail Running 4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I made the switch from hiking boots to these shoes… Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2015 I picked up these Salomon shoes when I switched from hiking boots to trail runners. I had some good quality Asolo boots but I couldn’t be happier with the switch to trail runners. My feet are way more comfortable in the Salomon’s than they ever were in hiking boots. My feet are less sore and less prone to blisters over long distances in the trail runners. My typical pack base weight (just equipment without food or water) is around 15 pounds. The max weight I’ve carried when hiking with these shoes is about 32 pounds, and I had no issues with comfort. Another thing I really like about these trail runners (the non-GTX model) is the breathable mesh fabric they use. They really dry out fast even when they get completely soaked when fording creeks. Even my Asolo boots would talk forever to dry out just from getting sweaty from hiking all day, and they were GoreTex lined. My feet don’t get hot or sweaty in these trail runners. I like the quick lacing system on these shoes too. The only thing about the lacing system on these particular shoes is the inside lacing loop at the toe of the shoe. For me, if I really cinch the laces down, that last lacing loop on the inside of the shoe puts some pressure on the top of my foot just behind my big toe. If you look at the photos of the laces, you’ll see there is one lacing loop that is a lot lower on the shoe than the rest… that’s the one I’m talking about. I don’t think it’s an issue with the shoe… probably just my feet, and as long as I’m careful not to lace the shoe up too tight, it’s not a problem. As far as durability, these Salomons are holding up very well after more than 100 miles that I’ve hiked in them. I haven’t been gentle with these shoes. I often hike on rough, rocky, and overgrown trails, so they take some abuse. I used some ICETrekker shoe traction devices on a recent hike where I hit some snow, and I think that the chain on the sides of the ICETrekkers may have caused some wear on the mesh near the toe of the shoes. After using the ICETrekkers, I found some small tears in the mesh on both shoes near the inside toe. I really can’t fault the shoes for this since I’m sure they weren’t necessarily designed for heavy use with shoe traction devices like I was using them with. The good news is that the tears haven’t got any larger and I’ve hiked about 25 miles in these shoes since then. The grip on the soles of the shoes seem good in wet conditions and the soles show very little wear so far. Overall, I’d say these are comfortable and reasonably durable shoes. They are very light weight and my feet have been happy wearing them. The price is reasonable, and it’s even better when you buy a pair in an unpopular color… like the bright green ones I have. I actually like the bright green color though. Reviews with images Top reviews from the United States Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2014Up front, let us make two points clear:* This review is not about how well the Salomon XA Pro 3D performs in running on trails; and* This review is about how well the Salomon XA Pro 3D shoe cushions shocks to the foot and knee when Salomon’s OrthoLite insole is replaced with Sorbothane UltraSole Men’s / Women’s Insoles I purchased these specific shoes because, over time and heavy use, I have completely worn down the meniscus in both…
Salomon XA Pro 3D Reviews – Trailspace
Salomon XA Pro 3D ReviewsReviewed by andrew f. TOP 10 REVIEWER REVIEW CORPS +10,511 January 1, 2019 Salomon’s XA Pro 3D is a heavy duty trail running shoe that has been around, with various updates, for years. It is very heavy and firm for a running shoe, and I use it as a low light hiker. It’s available with a waterproof/breathable membrane, but I like the no-membrane version for it’s very good breathability. Very good traction, support, foot protection, and durability, plus an interesting lacing system, make this a winner. The non-waterproof version’s availability in wide sizing was fortuitous for me, as the regular version was too narrow for my feet. Pros Unusual but effective lacing system Vents sweat well Waterproof/breathable version available Lots of support Solid, grippy sole Width sizing Nice features Cons Heavier than typical trail running shoe Very firm midsole might not suit some people Relatively expensive for a trail runner Basic Information The pair weighed 2.2 pounds out of the box, including the light insoles that I discarded. The guy who built my latest pair of custom orthotics recommended this shoe for its relatively firm and more supportive midsole, and I always wear them with the orthotics. The shoe requires break-in because it is so solid; it takes some time to get used to the firmness of the shoe. More on that in a bit. These are on the heavy end of the spectrum for trail running shoes, and also on the more expensive end at $130 full price. Though Salomon sells this shoe as a trail runner, I use them as my primary go-to low hiking shoe. It has a number of features that work well for runners: a midsole that has some motion control built in for people who pronate. Speed lacing that is secure and easy to adjust. A rock plate built into the midsole that protects your feet from pointy rocks and uneven ground. A sole that grips well on wet surfaces. Easy to use loops at the heel to help pull them on and off. rear view of the shoe that shows a solid heel counter and the rear grab loop. The lacing system is worth particular mention as I’m normally not a fan of speed lacing. The laces are very skinny, but made from Kevlar. That should translate to outstanding durability, but Salomon sells replacements that are reasonably priced. The asymmetrical lacing does an excellent job keeping your feet in place. Also, the speed lacing doesn’t loosen up and is very easy to adjust on the fly. front view shows how the laces work—asymmetrical, with that longer front section, which is helpful for keeping your foot locked in. Also, nice view of the toe bumper to keep your toes from getting bashed.This is what the end of the laces looks like—what you use to pull them tight. At the end of the laces I’m holding in this photo, you can see a light-colored loop. That is what pulls the stretchy “garage” open to hide the end of the laces and the toggle that pulls…