Who should buy the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX

Designed with high protection in mind, the third-generation X Ultra GTX can power through hardier terrain obstacles with little effort. You will benefit quite a lot from this low-top tank if:

  • You're looking for something watertight and debris-preventive at the same time.
  • Extra heel stability is what you're after in a shoe.
  • You're someone who needs enhanced heel control on semi-steep slopes, whether wet or dry.
  • Salomon's Quicklace technology interests you.

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Who should not buy it

The X Ultra 3 GTX's greatness comes at a rather hefty price (it retails at an MSRP of $150). If your budget is limited at the moment, consider the more affordable Salomon X Raise GTX instead. Also, if you're after something more supportive around the ankle, you're better off with its boot-type counterpart, a.k.a the X Ultra 3 Mid GTX.

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Updates to the X Ultra 3 GTX

  • The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX now comes with 5 pairs of eyelets (the X Ultra 2 GTX had 4). This bump in number translates to more fit customization options and a tighter hug around the collar.
  • Arguably, the most notable update to this hiker is found in its Contagrip outsole. While it has the same multi-directional lugs as the previous version's, the shoe's outsole now comes with an extra feature at the heel called Descent Control. This technology does exactly what its name implies: it gives hikers more control and stopping power when descending slopes and inclines.

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High amounts of comfort on day one

The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX is immensely comfortable right from the get-go, say adventurers in droves.

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Umbrella for your feet

Many hikers laud this Gore-Tex shoe for its praiseworthy waterproofing.

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Slip-free hikes in the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX

Based on numerous reports, the shoe's Contagrip outsole delivers exceptional grip on slippery surfaces.

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A supportive ally

This Salomon hiking shoe delivers off-the-charts support both around the arch and heel.

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Lightness in the X Ultra 3 GTX

Trail-goers find this watertight kick impressively light. For more barely-there hikers, click here.

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But it could be roomier

Outdoorsy individuals would've rated this kick positively had its confines been less restrictive.

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Fantastic lockdown

The X Ultra 3 GTX's Quicklace system does exactly what its name implies: quick lace-ups.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.4oz / Women 11.6oz
Base model: Salomon X Ultra 3
Update: Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole

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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.