Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Waterproofing: Almost everyone who has reviewed the Salomon X Raise Mid GTX loves it uncompromising water protection.
  • Fit: It runs true to size, a couple of purchasers say.
  • Surface adherence: Based on a report written by a critic, this boot has remarkable sticking prowess.
  • Weight: An expert finds the X Raise Mid GTX impressively light.
  • Midfoot security: Its arch support is pretty reliable, a footwear pundit claims.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Comfort: The X Raise Mid GTX could be a bit more comfortable, according to a small number of reviewers.
  • Footbed: Its default insole is somewhat abrasive around the big toe, says a tester.

Bottom line

Gear up with the X Raise Mid GTX from Salomon and explore the great outdoors with high footing confidence. It will up your mobility with its athletic lightness, while its true-to-size fit will make your every step to-the-T precise. And this is without mentioning its fully waterproof over-the-ankle confines yet.

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Salomon X Raise Mid GTX: Who is it for?

For those who hike over uneven terrain. A stable and secure ride is what you are going to get in this pair, thanks to its highly shock-absorbent midsole and reinforced heel.

For people who wish to stay dry. The X Raise Mid GTX will keep virtually all sorts of wetness at bay until about an inch below the collar line. And as its tongue is connected to the upper on both sides, no moisture may enter the shoe around the instep area.

For hikers who dislike intrusive debris. Its tough mesh upper is built debris-resistant. The generous padding around its collar and tongue also helps keep sand and small stones from getting in.

For folks who bump haphazardly into things. The waterproof X Raise Mid has a rubber toe bumper to guard the foot against knocks and bumps. It is also among Salomon’s hiking boots that come with a toe rand, which doubles down on foot protection.

The X Raise family

Salomon’s X Raise Mid GTX has two other siblings—the X Raise and the X Raise GTX. The former is your low-top, non-waterproof day hiker, while the latter is all the X Raise is but with waterproofing. If you can only choose one from the three (yes, including the featured boot), consider the following:

  • Choose the boot version for extra ankle support and the most water protection.
  • If you hike only during the dry season and you wish to be as light as possible, the X Raise is for you.
  • Opt for the X Raise GTX for enhanced mobility even in wet conditions.


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