Looks are deceptive, as the Salomon X Ultra GTX is far lighter than it appears at first sight and it actually tips the scales at 912g (pair, size 11), which makes it one of the lightest mountain activity shoes we looked at. It has a synthetic upper with a Gore-Tex lining, which also makes it good value, as other shoes with a Gore-Tex lining are higher in price. The heel cup is reasonably stiff, though others are stiffer and the toe box has a rubber rand. However it is not as protective as others, so it isn’t going to be the best option for rockier ground, though it should be great on paths and easier terrain. But it is underfoot where the magic happens with the Salomon X Ultra GTX, as you get a very aggressive pattern of studs to keep a grip on wet ground and there’s also some good cushioning to take the strain out of pounding along firm paths. This makes the shoe great for fast and light action on the sort of general terrain that most hillwalkers head for. However, on rockier ground the Salomon X Ultra GTX doesn’t perform as well as stiffer shoes as there’s not a great deal of stiffness in the sole unit to support or protect the foot.
Upper material synthetic textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Advanced Chassis
Men’s sizes 6.5-12.5
Women’s sizes 3.5-8.5
Weight 912g (pair, size 11)
The Salomon X Ultra GTX is comfortable and light, making it great for bouts of biking and general hiking, hanging out on campsites and of course moving fast across the hills, meaning it’s a great all-rounder.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013