Verdict from 5 experts and 31 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A good number of users appreciated that the Salomon X Alp MTN GTX worked well with their crampons.
  • It required virtually no breaking-in, as remarked by a couple of satisfied wearers.
  • Its lightness was praised by numerous individuals, including an expert reviewer.
  • Many mountaineers liked its right-out-of-the-box comfort.
  • Experts commended the X Alp MTN GTX’s outsole. One of them described it as a high alpine boot that performed well on dry, rocky paths, damp trails and snow.
  • About a handful of testers got a great fit in this Salomon boot. They even said that people with narrow-to-medium feet would feel right at home within its snug confines.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The excitement of a few waned when they used the Alp MTN GTX in wet conditions. One even said that in the pouring rain, he had to dump the water out of the boots after 15 minutes. He added that he was wearing it with a gaiter.
  • One footgear critic doubted its capability to perform well in more serious mountain expeditions.

Bottom line

The Salomon X Alp MTN GTX received positive evaluation because it provided comfort straight out of the box and worked well with crampons. Exultant users appreciated its virtually zero break-in period, while an expert reviewer adored its outsole for providing excellent traction over different types of mountainous terrain. The boot was also lauded by reviewers for its remarkable fit. What left a handful frustrated, however, was its insufficient protection against watery elements.

Good to know

  • Salomon uses a mix of technologies in the X Alp MTN GTX to be adaptive in mountaineering and approach conditions. The upper consisting of nubuck and Cordura is reinforced by the rubber toe and heel caps. The mud guard also supplies additional protection.
  • Its two-layer compressed EVA midsole renders long-lasting cushioning. The EVA shaped footbed takes care of the support. The removable Ortholite insole also has a multitude of benefits that help maintain the freshness of the in-shoe environment. The innovative 3D Edging Chassis of Salomon is designed to render flexibility while maintaining lateral rigidity. 
  • The X Alp MTN GTX also uses the Contagrip to provide traction and durability. It combines strategically shaped lugs and rubber compounds of different densities to make every stride secure and stable.
  • Providing waterproofness is the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort. This technology also offers breathability and moderate insulation.

The Salomon X Alp MTN GTX comes in men's and women's versions. This mountaineering boot features a to-the-toe-lacing to permit a smooth adjustment to get the wearer's desired fit. The lace locker also helps in customizing fit while securing the excess laces in place.

The proprietary outsole of Salomon X Alp MTN GTX–Contagrip–utilizes lug geometry and a mix of compounds of different densities to deliver durability and grip. Its large, asymmetrical lugs can grip and stabilize the foot on rocks and other terrains. The two-directional chevrons take care of the traction on uphill and downhill slopes. This outsole also has channels that drain water and mud, promoting grip on wet surfaces.

To provide cushioning and comfort, the X Alp MTN GTX features a compressed EVA in the boot’s midsole. It is constructed with two layers to deliver protection from rugged trails, cold conditions and weather.

This mountaineering boot has an EVA shaped footbed. It provides cushioning and anatomically structured support. It also comes with an Ortholite sockliner which permits air circulation in and around the insole. It leaves the in-shoe environment cool and dry together with its moisture-wicking ability. This insole comes with an EVA heel cup to support the heel and add more cushioning. Despite being lightweight, its durability enables it to retain more than 95% of its structure over time. This footbed can also be machine washed without compromising its benefits.

Salomon’s 3D Edging Chassis provides lateral rigidity while maintaining a natural heel-to-toe transition. The striped pattern and interlocking plates deliver flexibility to the user. This construction also allows the pair to tackle challenging and tricky terrains smoothly.

A member of the X Alp family, this mountaineering boot has a multitude of features that render protection. From its 1.5 mm waterproof nubuck leather and highly wear-resistant Cordura, this pair boasts a quality upper construction.

The Salomon X Alp MTN GTX is constructed with a 1.5 mm rubber heel cap, 2.5 mm rubber toe cap and 1.8 mm rubber mud guard. They work together to deliver extra protection and durability. Likewise, its gusseted tongue keeps debris out. The pull-on strap on the heel helps wearers to adjust the boot quickly. It has self-locking eyelets that hold the laces in place and allow users to alter the tension on their ankles and forefoot. Its heel foam and EVA protected forefoot add cushioning.

Using the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane, it retains heat through its modest insulation. Adaptive to a wide range of activities, this technology also renders comfort and waterproofing.

  • Rated as a B1 boot, Salomon X Alp MTN GTX is suitable with C1 crampons or flexible strap-on crampons.
  • Salomon recommends that after each use, dirt and mud should be removed with a soft, wet brush and clean water. Let it air dry and avoid exposure to extreme heat.


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