Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of Salomon X Crest GTX reviews say that it is a very comfortable hiking shoe.
  • Many people use these shoes not just for hiking but also for everyday activities.
  • Several verified buyers have praised the Salomon X Crest GTX for being truly supportive.
  • A handful of hikers also find it to be amazingly lightweight.
  • The majority of reviewers say that the Salomon X Crest GTX hiking shoes deliver good traction on dirt, sand, and mud.
  • Some say this lightweight hiking shoe fits like a glove.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few customers find this shoe a bit narrow.

Bottom line

Ready to tackle the trail less taken, the Salomon X Crest GTX hiking shoes feature the ruggedness of quality hiking boots in a much lightweight and low-cut package. It gets amazing feedback for being comfortable, supportive, and versatile. Even more impressive is the grippy outsole that works well on different surfaces. Too bad, this Gore-Tex shoe isn't available in wide variants.

Overall, this shoe is a big hit, particularly for day hikers who are after waterproof, high-quality footwear that won't slow them down on the trail. 

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Good to know

  • This waterproof version of the Salomon X Crest features a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane that protects the foot from slush, rain, or water.
  • It has a stable, cushioned midsole for support and comfort, grippy and aggressive outsole that suits wet or dry terrain, and a durable synthetic upper that protects the foot against the elements. This shoe also comes with an OrthoLite insole that boosts its performance and comfort. 
  • For reinforcement, this shoe is equipped with a rubber toe cap and mudguard that not only provide protection but also enhance the durability of the shoe.

The Salomon X Crest GTX is a low-cut hiker for men and women. It features the SensiFit construction system that wraps or cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system for a secure, glove-like fit. This upper construction enables the wearer to adjust the tightness at virtually every part of the shoe. 

For a more comfortable stride, the collar and tongue are padded. There's also a pull loop at the back for easy on and off. Lastly, the X Crest GTX features a traditional lacing system for a precise fit.

Focused on long-term wear, the X Crest GTX is equipped with the Contagrip outsole - a proprietary technology of Salomon. This outsole is made of durable rubber compound that can withstand heavy use and abuse. It's tread pattern is designed to ensure traction on both hard and smooth or soft and loose surfaces.

For the midsole, this shoe utilizes EVA foam. It's a lightweight material that has great shock-absorbing properties. While EVA is not as long-wearing as PU, it is more flexible, thereby promoting freedom of movement. 

On top of the midsole is an Ortholite footbed which is shaped like the foot. This insole is touted for its superior cushioning, breathability, and durability. Since it's removable, you can use your own orthotics if you prefer..

For the upper, the Salomon X Crest GTX low-top hiker features a combination of mesh, textile, and PU coated leather. Together, these materials create a protective yet comfortable environment for the foot. Lining the shoe interior is the Gore-Tex waterproof membrane. While waterproof membranes tend to cause overheating, the mesh fabric in the upper allows for some breathability.

The shoe also comes with a mudguard that protects the lateral and medial sides of the foot, along with a toe cap that bars your foot from sharp sticks, rocks and objects. Completing the upper is a lace-up closure that lets you adjust the fit whenever needed.


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