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In order to enjoy a well-rounded exploration of nature, you've got to endure some rainy, soggy trails. The Salomon X Ultra GTX Hiking Shoe helps you do just that, while providing a stable, flexible platform for quick hiking in any terrain. A waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane keeps out the moisture during dewy mornings and sudden showers, so you can comfortably plant this lightweight, grippy trail shoe anywhere you please.

  • EVA in the midsole and sockliner reduces the constant impact of rocky steps
  • Mud, slick rock, and fresh snow are no problem thanks to the non-marking ContaGrip rubber outsole sticking you to the terrain
  • Gusseted tongue, protective toe cap, and mud guard help you master the trail, even if it's not in perfect condition
  • Sensifit outer design uses a one-pull Quicklace system to ensure the shoe wraps tightly around your foot and doesn't move throughout your many miles on the trail
  • Ortholite footbed cradles your foot with shaped foam and an foam heel cup for additional impact absorption
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Good, not great

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: 12

I've worn a variety of Salomons over the years but this is my first X Ultra. I found it to be roomier than my previous Salomons. This leads to a bit of a feeling of instability and movement within the shoe. After 6 months, the quick laces have cut into the upper material. The laces on both shoes have also snapped. I tied a double fisherman's knot to keep them going. The soles provide good traction and stability. The cut around the ankles are great and quite comfortable. The Gore-tex does a great job and keeping my feet vented and dry.
On my previous Salomons, I've had problems with the upper mesh wearing out where it meets the stiffer material on the sides. That has not been an issue with these shoes.

Great shoes, More Colors Please!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

These are really comfortable shoes. Just got these and haven't had a chance to use them on the train but so far loving them. I agree that more colors would be great. I bought the Detroit/Autobahn/Bright Red and tried to customize them with some colored laces. Looks pretty sweet but what a pain in the rear. There are so many awesome colors on other Salomon shoes it would be nice to have more options on this one. I have been happy with the tread so far in light snow. Seems to have a pretty aggressive pattern and have had no issues with slipping.

Great all-around trail shoe

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Looks: To each his own but I think they?re great looking shoes. Definitely something you can use both for hiking and daily with jeans.

Fit: True to size. They may be a little bit on the wide side.

Breathability: relative to a Gore-Tex shoe, they?re pretty breathable. They feel more airy than my older TNF Hedgehogs XCR. Still, the heat retention of the liner can?t be totally avoided so if you?re going to only use them in a dry environment, you?re better off with a non-Gore-Tex model. On the upside, I walked with them for hours in the rain and they did not leak at all.

Support& Comfort: Good support for everyday use and moderate hiking. The Quicklace was super comfortable but for me, it didn?t give the same security as laces. When using them in sticky muddy conditions I felt as though they?re being sucked away a bit from my foot. The sole is a very good combination of being soft and comfortable but not to an extent of instability of passing every pebble you step on up to your foot. You can run with them but they?re not real trail running shoes. Some people complained about traction issues but I?ve used them on dry/wet rocks, mud, sand and asphalt and had no traction issues.

They?re a very good all-around trail shoe and I would definitely recommend them.

Great, but I wish more colors available

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I use this shoe primarily before and after skiing. I wear it around town in the snow. I don't really run in it very often. It's comfortable. The lace system is nice because you don't have to deal with it getting wet in puddles and coming undone. The Gore-Tex makes this as waterproof as any shoe I have tried. It's decently breathable.

I would compare this to XA Pro Ultra 2 GTX, which is slightly more breathable and comfortable in my opinion and probably more aimed at how I use these shoes. I've always tried those on but I've never found them in a color scheme I liked. So I've stuck with the Ultra X GTX.

My one complaint, which is why I'm not giving this a 5-star, is that Salomon routinely advertises cool colors on their website but then there is never any availability on their website or at any of their retailers. I find this true even in peak season and off-season.

Through the years, I've not been let down with Salomon winter footwear, ranging from ski boots to casual shoes.

Good...but with caveats.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

First the caveats.

1.) The Contra Grip is nothing short of terrible when wet. It should be called Contra Slip. Compared to my La Sportiva Ganda Guides (possibly an unfair comparison) or Nepals (Vibram sole, totally different beast) the grip on the Salomon X Ultra GTX leaves a lot to be desired. But if a mountaineering boot that has crampons on it 75% of the time can be sticky when wet, so too should a hiking shoe, IMHO...

2.) The flare of the heel wedge is not as extreme as previous variants of this shoe. (Wings XT? ...I forget the exact name, but I had a pair for 5 years and absolutely loved them. I'd use them for anything from scrambling to carrying large packs on approaches...even threw crampons on them a few times and kicked steps up an icy couloir...I never once rolled an ankle in those things in that entire time. I've rolled my ankle 4 times in the month I've had the X Ultra GTX...not cool.)

3.) This one is minor and I'm probably in the minority, here...but I don't like the laces on these. (Or most Salomon shoes). I therefore remove them and put my own laces on (old fashion white cotton me crazy. I like them.)

On this version of the shoe, I'm not sure if you can do that. The eyelets are all metal and the diameter of the hole looks a little small. I didn't try, because I bought them 2 days before heading to the French/Swiss Alps and I didn't want to wreck them.

All of that's a pretty sweet shoe. :)

The waterproofing is no joke. Works great. They are SUPER comfortable. I had zero break-in time with these. My old Salomon Wings XT's finally gave up the ghost after 5 years (tread was gone, but the leaks started a week before before my trip) So I bought these in a rush and was worried about break-in time.

None needed. Which is great.

I think I probably should have tried the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX shoes, and still might. If you had a pair of Wings XT (or whatever they were called), I think those are the closer comparisons.

Good...but with caveats.

Fresh out the box!

    Took these bad boys straight out of the box and put in 15 miles of the PCT this weekend! Awesome shoe! Fits true like other Salomon shoes (I have skinny feet). I have had the Wings XT2 GTX before and loved them because of the true running platform and pronation control. These shoes are definitely more "hike" orientated, but none the less performed to my "fast and light" needs. The heel of the shoe is softer than the fore-foot, which suits me well. I crossed a lot of snow and mud and streams and this shoe never lost traction. The toe box has a great reinforced cover, great for kicking rocks you see. The long term testing will tell the truth though, I'll try to update if any issues arise IE. start leaking etc. For now though, they dropped the price, so go on and get you a pair!

    For an impending thru-hike of the PCT, I...

    For an impending thru-hike of the PCT, I am debating between three different pairs of hiking shoes that will need to be appropriate for sections of the trail which will inevitably range from scalding to frigid, if all my research done up to now serves me well. That being said, I have narrowed down my choices to either these, the Salewa Alp Trainer GTX Hiking Shoe, or the Teva Riva eVent Hiking Shoe.

    Anyone recommend one over the others, and if so, why? Any input, suggestions, or advice would be most appreciated. Thanks!

    Best Answer

    I have the X Ultra GTX. Not familiar with the other two, but I will share my thoughts on these. I have had mine for 8 months, and I wear them way to much. They will keep you warm, the Gor-tex does not breathe well, my feet sweat all the time in these even with very thin running socks. The soles are fairly soft and the insoles pack out quickly. I live in a very snowy and wet area and they always keep me dry, although I would recommend gaiters if doing the PCT. Hope this helped some!

    I'm planning to buy this shoes just for...

    I'm planning to buy this shoes just for the daily basis (I ride my bike everyday), as the winter is coming and we have lots of rain where I live during that time.

    Is this okay for that? I'm more interested in the waterproof quality. I'm tired of having wet socks. If it keeps my feet warm from the cold weather would be just nice!

    Salomon X Ultra GTX Hiking shoe - Men's Is...

    Salomon X Ultra GTX Hiking shoe - Men's

    Is this shoe true to size? I wear 9 Reg


    I wear a 10 in converse jack purcell. a 10 in adidas porsche design, and a 10.5 in most nike running shoes. My foot measures exactly 28cm if done while standing up with a ruler. And I fit comfortably into a 11 US in all Salomon shoes. The 10 and 10.5 fit me, but I feel as if my toe would hurt after walking a while as it's just about at the tip. I also have somewhat narrow feet, and the 11 still manages to grip my foot. So I hope this helps you!

    Write your question here...hi how is the...

    Write your question here...hi
    how is the fitting on the salomon go..... i have wide foot, size 10.5 to 11 D wide with a flat arch and need to place a foot bed orthotic in the shoe will this work?