Who should buy the Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX

Whether or not you have been a fan of Salomon’s X Ultra collection, this waterproof hiker can win you over with its multi-faceted engineering and modern design. The X Ultra 4 GTX is for you if:

  • You want to power through demanding trails with bolstered surefootedness without resorting to a pair of hiking boots.
  • Mobility is a big deal to you, come rain or shine.
  • Soft-soiled or rocky descents are part of your hiking trail.

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Who should NOT buy it

Instead of the X Ultra 4 GTX, opt for the Salomon OUTline GTX if you want a lower heel collar and a more traditional lacing system. If your budget is pretty limited, you're better off with the super-affordable Outbound Prism GTX.

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Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX: An enhanced successor

The 4th-gen X Ultra GTX directly picks up from where its predecessor left off. Its handful of upgrades are as follows:

Redesigned heel. With it, you can safely land on your heel and make smoother transitions (almost like gliding) on rugged terrain. Yes, you will exert less effort in this shoe, allowing for more efficient strides than ever before.

Trimmed weight. The X Ultra 4 GTX is lighter than its predecessor by approximately 20 to 40 g a pair. For lightness purists, this is quite a welcome enhancement.

New chassis. This component stiffens the midfoot zone of the shoe while giving the forefoot increased flexibility. Translation: You will get both solid balance and more toe off control in the X Ultra 4 GTX.

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Mind-boggling plushness on mile one

Hikers in droves find the Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX immensely comfortable right from the get-go. They are particularly floored by the shoe's super-comfy liner.

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The X Ultra 4 GTX's sticky business

Experts agree that this shoe has a super-adhesive outsole. One of them even said, “It provides optimal traction on loose dirt.”

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Extraordinary support system

Its heel zone gives a mighty good sense of security, according to professional gear reviewers.

Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX support

Hit-or-miss lace management

Tucking the remainder of the shoestrings in the lace pockets is trickier than it looks, says a critic-slash-vlogger.

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The sky-high clearance of the X Ultra 4 GTX

A few owners are not amused by the shoe's ankle cuff being too high—higher than the 3rd iteration's, they say.

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Clunkiness canceled

The X Ultra 4 GTX has a kind of weight reminiscent of a pair of lightweight trail runners.

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Soggy socks no more

An expert is very impressed with the hiker’s incredible waterproofing.

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The stabilizing Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX

 Steady balance, especially over rocky terrain, is what awaits those who would don this hiking shoe.

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Family matters

The featured Salomon shoe has two other siblings: the breathable X Ultra 4 and the ankle-supportive, fully waterproof X Ultra 4 Mid GTX.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: 13.8oz
Base model: Salomon X Ultra 4
Use: Day Hiking, Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Salomon X, Salomon X Ultra
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.