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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.1oz / Women 11.3oz
Base model: Salomon X Raise
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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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.