For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 13.4ozWomen: 12.5oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
The Salomon X Radiant’s waterproof variant offers performance and protection in a low-top hiking shoe. Its mesh and synthetic upper is lined with a Gore-Tex membrane (a component also present in cleats like Salomon 4D 3 GTX and Lowa Camino GTX) to prevent water from coming in contact with the user’s foot.
The X Radiant GTX employs a trademarked Energycell midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) for optimal cushioning and shock attenuation. The proprietary Contagrip MD outsole yields traction on most surfaces.
Salomon’s X Radiant GTX caters to both male and female hikers. It comes in standard width only. Length options include whole and half sizes. The shoe’s traditional lace closure system permits the wearer to achieve a personalized lockdown. It also features Salomon’s Sensifit technology which cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, giving the user a secure fit.
The X Radiant GTX uses a patented Contagrip MD outsole to help users overcome challenging terrain. Labels of this component can be found on its lateral side and surface. It is composed of varying densities to make it both flexible and durable. Its profile contains a pattern of aggressive lugs which renders grip on uneven ground and slippery surfaces. The sole also extends towards the shoe’s forefoot zone to act as a protective toe bumper.
This Salomon hiking shoe promises a cushioned ride with its Energycell midsole. It’s made of high-performance EVA foam which absorbs shock. This component is paired with an Ortholite diecut footbed which delivers extra cushioning and underfoot comfort. Its design is also geared towards breathability and durability.
The Salomon X Radiant GTX features an upper made of PU-coated leather and mesh fabric, making it light and breathable. The latter is responsible for keeping the structure of the hiker. A Gore-Tex membrane lines the upper for protection from wet conditions while allowing excess moisture to escape. The shoe’s front end is also reinforced with a rand for added durability. On the other end is a heel counter for additional support.
The footgear’s lace closure system uses a series of eyelets for fit management. Its gusseted tongue hinders debris from entering the shoe. A pull tab is found at the back of the collar to permit an easy on and off.