Who should buy the Salomon X Ultra

If you love exploring the great outdoors in warm temperatures, the X Ultra just might be what you need. This best-selling shoe from Salomon is also for you if:

  • You love to hike fast and light.
  • The trail you frequent includes challenging descents (think muddy or scree slopes).
  • You’re a fan of the Quicklace system, which speeds up the lacing process and makes on and off a cinch.

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Who should not buy it

If budget is a major concern, go with the more affordable Outbound Prism GTX—a waterproof light hiker with an MSRP of $100. If you're a traditionalist when it comes to lacing systems, look in the direction of the X Reveal instead.

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The X Ultra's cloud-like comfort

Scores of hikers find the Salomon X Ultra breathtakingly comfortable. They also attribute its snugness to the shoe's incredible lightness.

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A tough nut to crack

Reviewers say that the X Ultra has a powerful sole, which can tread on jagged rocks without getting dented.

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Tenacity to the nines

Like other hiking shoes from Salomon, the X Ultra sticks magnificently to varying surfaces, including loose gravel.

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Salomon X Ultra: An all-around shoe

Experienced testers recommend it not only for hiking but also for casual use and running.

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Close to expensive

The X Ultra's 120-dollar MSRP might be a bit steep for some. 

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Time-saving lacing system but with a caveat

Adventurers in droves find the Quicklace system highly effective in adjusting the fit. That said, an expert among them finds it rather tricky to get used to at first.

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The enduring X Ultra series

A moniker for an iconic lineup of fantastic hikers from Salomon, the X Ultra family has come a long way since the OG's inception. You only need to look at the offerings under this selection to fully grasp how the brand has innovated over the years. The growing X Ultra collection is also quite reassuring of what's to come, so keep your eyes peeled!

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.9oz / Women 11.3oz
Update: Salomon X Ultra 4
Use: Day Hiking, Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Salomon X
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake, Antimicrobial
Width: Normal

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.