Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • More than a handful appreciated the boots’ performance. They tagged it as their go-to boot from strolling in the city to backpacking.
  • The traction of the Salomon X Ultra Trek GTX was unwavering, according to several satisfied wearers.
  • A couple of backpackers admired this pair for not requiring an extended break-in period.
  • This pair was lightweight and an excellent choice for traversing longer trails, as claimed by the majority.
  • This high-cut backpacking boot impressed many users with its support over most terrain types.
  • The X Ultra Trek GTX earned positive reviews from a considerable number of Salomon fanatics. They valued the comfort it rendered them.
  • A high percentage of wearers found the X Ultra Trek from GTX to be true to size.
  • Some reviewers praised their X Ultra Trek GTXs for giving them great protection against wet elements.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A minimal number of consumers were dismayed with the narrow fit of the pair.
  • The boot's mix of features left an expert reviewer disappointed. He thought that its high ankle was a mismatch with its underfoot flexibility.
  • A gear-centric website considered the boot’s hefty price tag as its most glaring flaw.

Bottom line

The Salomon X Ultra Trek GTX performed to the best of its qualities—from city strolling to backpacking. It delivered comfort, support and traction to backpackers. Despite having a high-cut style, this astonishingly waterproof hiking boot did not require a prolonged break-in period. Users also admired the accurate sizing and the light weight of this pair. However, it was not all thumbs up for this boot. The things that dismayed the minority were its narrow fit and feature mismatch.

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Good to know

  • To provide breathability and waterproofing to the X Ultra Trek GTX, Salomon has incorporated the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort technology to this boot. It offers moderate insulation and can work in a variety of outdoor conditions.
  • Salomon formulated various chassis builds for different terrains. They have adapted the Advanced Chassis in this pair which is responsible for stability, protection and foot control.
  • This backpacking boot has an EVA midsole reinforced with a molded shank to facilitate cushioning and support. The removable Ortholite footbed renders additional support by conforming to the user's foot. It is also lightweight.
  • The Salomon patented Contagrip outsole is responsible for the X Ultra Trek GTX's traction. The composition of this outsole enables it to adapt to a variety of outdoor activities without sacrificing performance.

The X Ultra Trek GTX is offered in standard width and sizes for both men and women. It generally fits true to size. This Salomon boot uses a lace locker to enable users to customize fit according to their preference. It also secures the excess laces in place.

The proprietary outsole of Salomon, Contragrip, is armed in the X Ultra Trek GTX. Its multi-directional and aggressive lugs can grip securely on the ground. With its compounds of varying densities, the boot can adapt to different terrain. Likewise, the grippy outsole delivers durability.   

X Ultra Trek GTX from Salomon uses an injected EVA foam. This material is known for its toughness, shock absorption and eco-friendliness. The molded shank, on the other hand, gives support to users. Shanks are essential in providing torsional rigidity. They prevent accidental twisting of the ankles.

The lightweight Ortholite footbed featured in this backpacking boot takes care of the cushioning. Its innovative open-cell foam technology gives the boot durable cushioning and breathability. It also allows moisture management. This footbed is also washable.

Salomon's Advanced Chassis, which is positioned between the midsole and the outsole, is a combination of features that optimize energy return, motion control and push through protection. It renders a responsive and stable ride to users.

The upper is made from a combination of waterproof nubuck and full grain leather. This construction complements each material’s weaknesses. Nubuck leathers are known to be wear-resistant but are vulnerable to prolonged exposure to moist. This shortcoming is augmented by the full-grain leather. This material can resist moisture and its durability is proven and tested over time.

Through its protective heel cap, the Salomon Ultra Trek GTX is able to provide rearfoot stability. The importance of rearfoot stability lies within the purpose of the human foot which is to balance the individual in every static and dynamic activity. Any misalignments on foot (forefoot, midfoot and forefoot) can cause injuries. Meanwhile, the rubber toe cap protects the foot against accidental bumps and thumps while traversing terrains. The mud guard, which wraps the base of the shoe, safeguards the users against mud and abrasion.

This pair has a gusseted tongue which helps keep small stones and other debris out. Its tongue and collar are also padded for comfort. The pull strap on the heel allows a straightforward fit adjustment. 

The Gore-Tex Performance Comfort featured in this backpacking boot maintains breathability and waterproofness. This technology ensures that water stays on the outside while allowing moisture inside to escape, keeping the feet dry all day. It also provides a reasonable amount of insulation for colder conditions. In addition, the smooth textile lining in-shoe ensures that the feet remain fresh.


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