|Features:||Lightweight | Orthotic friendly|
|Weight:||Men: 13.4oz | Women: 12.5oz|
|Width:||Normal | Normal|
|Material:||Leather, Rubber sole, Mesh upper|
-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 boots 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. 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 die-cut footbed which delivers extra cushioning and underfoot comfort. Its design is also geared towards breathability and durability.
The men's and women's 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.
Outdoor lovers who require a pair that provides both comfort and performance may want to consider the X Radiant GTX and the Moab 2 GTX from Merrell. Both of these low-top hiking shoes feature various components and technologies to help day hikers complete their trip. Shown below are some of the key elements in which they differ.
Upper. The Merrell Moab 2 GTX’s suede leather upper contains mesh panels to optimize air ventilation for warm hikes. It is also engineered to be tougher against wear and abrasive elements. It’s low-top upper design houses a Gore-Tex laminate, which prevents water from entering while allowing excess heat to escape. The Salomon X Radiant GTX uses a similar waterproof liner but employs an upper made of PU-coated leather and mesh fabric.
Midsole. Merrell furnished the Moab 2 GTX with an EVA midsole and a patented Air Cushion in the heel area. These components deliver a cushioned ride while reducing impact from rough terrain. A molded nylon shank is integrated into the arch zone to give underfoot support and structure. An M.Select Fit.Eco insole sits on top of the midsole to deliver arch support and underfoot comfort. These components make the Merrell Moab 2 GTX more rigid and resistant to sudden twists.
On the other hand, the Salomon X Radiant GTX uses an EnergyCell midsole and Ortholite footbed for cushioning and stability. The latter improves moisture management, making this shoe more suitable for warm hikes.
Fit. Both the X Radiant GTX and Moab 2 GTX are available for men and women. They come with conventional lacing systems, which allows users to achieve a personalized lockdown. The Salomon offering, meanwhile, features a trademarked Sensifit technology, which cradles the wearer’s foot in the midsole area, resulting in a more secure fit.
Weight. The Merrell Moab 2 GTX for male hikers weighs 422g while its women’s variant has a weight of 372g. The men’s and women’s Salomon X Radiant GTX is lighter with a weight of 380g and 355g, respectively.