Who should buy the Salomon X Raise GTX

The Salomon X Raise GTX is a desirable piece especially for adventurers who have moderately slender feet. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that protects the feet from rain and water.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that works well on wet, dry, smooth, or rough surfaces.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides sufficient cushioning and support.

Salomon X Raise GTX logo

Size and fit

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.

Salomon X Raise GTX laces 4

Durable rubber powered by Contragrip MD

Like other Salomon shoes, the X Raise GTX also features the Contragrip MD. It's a durable rubber outsole that boasts the right mix of density, compound, and geometry.

Salomon X Raise GTX outsole

Designed for dry and wet surfaces

This propriety rubber outsole is designed for dry and wet surfaces, including soft soil, mud, asphalt, rock, and more.

Salomon X Raise GTX outsole 1

Lightweight cushioning by EVA foam

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.

Salomon X Raise GTX midsole

Comfortable and breathable footbed

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.

Salomon X Raise GTX insole

Glove like-fit and waterproof

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. 

Salomon X Raise GTX upper 2

Provides protection against sharp hazards and accidental impact

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. 

Salomon X Raise GTX upper 1

Easy to adjust lacing system

Completing the upper is a minimalistic yet durable lacing system that lets the wearer adjust the fit with just one pull.

Salomon X Raise GTX laces

Nice to know

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

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 11.8oz / Women 10.2oz
Base model: Salomon X Raise
Use: Day Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Salomon X
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.