Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Salomon X Ultra 3 LTR GTX wowed the majority for being comfy.
  • Its little-to-no break-in period was appreciated by a number of owners.
  • A handful of verified purchasers commented that they liked its subdued colorways.
  • Most of the male users complimented the sticky outsole of the Salomon men’s X Ultra 3 LTR GTX.
  • The true-to-size fit of this Salomon hiking shoe earned approval from a lot of online buyers.
  • Some wearers were stoked with its lightness.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of those who bought the X Ultra 3 LTR GTX disliked its restrictive width.
  • The one-pull cord lacing broke after six months, according to a frustrated user.

Bottom line

With its comfortable confines and grippy outsole, those who are seeking for a new pair of hiking shoes may be enticed to check the X Ultra 3 LTR GTX out. Its low weight and zero break-in period are the extra treats to future owners. However, with its narrow fit and flimsy lace, it may cause potential buyers to take a step back. All in all, this offering from the X-Ultra series remains likable.

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Good to know

  • Made using the silhouette of the Salomon X Ultra 3, this Gore-Tex lined leather version grants comfort and protection on and off the trails. Auxiliary features of the upper which contributes to its outdoor performance are the brand’s very own Quicklace system and Sensifit.
  • The trademarked Advanced Chassis is also incorporated into this low-top hiking shoe. It is strategically placed between the EVA midsole and Contagrip outsole. This lightweight support system maximizes energy return, thus providing a more proficient stride.

Salomon’s X Ultra 3 LTR GTX caters to male and female hikers. It is offered in medium width and regular sizes. It reasonably runs true to size. The brand’s very own Sensifit feature works with the Quicklace system in providing an overall, customized fit.

The X Ultra 3 LTR GTX from Salomon carries a non-marking Contagrip outsole. It features aggressive lugs which adhere to different ground surfaces. The textured indentation between the boots prevents muck from building up. The heel zone of the sole has ridges which enhance its performance on downhill slopes.

The Salomon X Ultra 3 LTR GTX’s midsole is an injected EVA. This element is known for its ability to render cushioning without adding bulk. It is paired with an Ortholite footbed which helps maintain the freshness inside the shoe, thus increasing comfort. The footbed is designed with a contoured EVA heel cup to provide support and stability.

This low-cut hiking shoe from Salomon wears a nubuck upper which yields a durable build. The PU-coated leather amplifies its defense against rock-strewn trails. Inside is a moderately insulated Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining which creates a waterproof yet breathable confines.

The brand’s engineers designed it with protective features. Its toe and heel areas are reinforced with a rubber material which shields the foot against accidental bumps. Also, wrapping the base of the shoe is a mudguard for extra security.

The X Ultra 3 LTR GTX sports the Salomon-owned Quicklace system. It is a one-pull tightening cord which aids in fit adjustment. The lace pocket (situated at the top of its gusseted tongue) prevents excess lace from dangling. Its heel strap assists in easy on and off.


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