Verdict from +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfort machine: To a great multitude, the Salomon X Raise GTX is either super comfortable or very pampering on day one.
  • Waterproof: Many call this shoe "a great buy" or "fantastic" just for the fact that it can bar out moisture remarkably.
  • Sticky: Keeping your feet planted over slippery terrain (think mud and grainy paths) is one of the hiker’s highlights.
  • Supportive: The X Raise GTX will save you the pain, whether arch- or knee-related.
  • Featherweight: At no more than 700 g a pair, this shoe is among the lightest kicks out there.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Restrictive: The hiker, according to a very few, is narrow—particularly around the forefoot.
  • No lace storage: It missing that pouch where the remainder of the lace can be kept (see Cross Hike GTX or Cross Hike Mid GTX) is a missed opportunity.

Bottom line

Salomon has a knack for putting out hiking kicks that help trail-goers push past limits, to which the X Raise GTX rightfully belongs. From its homey confines to its confidence-inspiring underfoot performance, the featured shoe ups the bar for the competition. Yes, it is a desirable piece yet again from Salomon, especially for adventurers who have moderately slender feet.

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Good to know

-The Salomon X Raise GTX hiking shoes are modern-style athletic footwear. It boasts of a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane that protects the feet from rain and water, a stitch-free upper construction for durability, and a grippy outsole that works well on wet, dry, smooth, or rough surfaces.

-It also has a protective mudguard made of leather, a toe cap, and an Ortholite footbed for added cushioning and support.

This low-cut hiker from Salomon offers a generous fit, comfort, and cushiness with its maxi-foam collar and tongue. The stitch-free upper gives a smooth, sock-like feel, and the Quicklace system made of sturdy laces facilitates one-pull tightening. There are also pull loops at the back of the collar for easy wearing or taking the shoes off.

Like other Salomon shoes, the X Raise GTX also features the Contragrip MD. It's a durable rubber outsole that boasts of the right mix of density, compound, and geometry. This propriety rubber outsole is designed for dry and wet surfaces, including soft soil, mud, asphalt, rock, and more.

For the midsole, this shoe uses an EVA foam which is known for its lightness, high bounce rate, and shock-absorbing qualities. Since it's made of low-density foam, EVA also makes a cushiony platform for the foot. For added comfort and cushioning, this hiker comes with an Ortholite footbed - a high-quality footbed that is contoured to the foot and is made of breathable material.

The Salomon X Raise men's and women's shoes have welded uppers for a smooth, glove-like, fit. Tight mesh fabric is used for this shoe to prevent debris from getting trapped between the foot and the footbed. Inside is a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane that offers superior protection against rain or water. 

This shoe also features a gusseted tongue which means that the tongue is connected to the upper on both sides, keeping it centered and preventing debris from entering. Furthermore, it has a leather toe cap that protects against sharp hazards and accidental impact, and a mudguard that protects the lateral and medial sides of the foot. Completing the upper is a minimalistic yet durable lacing system that lets the wearer adjust the fit with just one pull.

-The Salomon X Raise also has a non-GTX version.


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Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.