Updates to Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX

  • The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX has received a handful of upgrades over its predecessor (the X Ultra 2 GTX). While the shoe’s upper is virtually unchanged with its synthetic primary coverage and Gore-Tex waterproof lining, it has a sleeker overall profile and slimmer overlay design compared to the previous model.
  • Several changes have been made to the X Ultra 3 GTX’s lacing system as well. More synthetic lace loops are used in this version. Salomon engineers also gave the shoe an extra pair of classic eyelets placed at the collar line, increasing the number of eyelets from 8 to 10.
  • Arguably, the most notable update to this hiker is found in its Contagrip outsole. It inherits the multi-directional lugs of the previous version, but with an extra feature at the heel called Descent Control. This technology does exactly what its name implies. It gives users more control and stopping power when descending slopes and inclines.

Size and fit

The GTX version of the Salomon’s X Ultra 3 is a low-top, day hiking shoe for both men and women. The shoe’s updated quick lacing system gives wearers a solid lockdown in a matter of seconds. Giving wearers a precise fit is the Salomon Sensifit technology. Technically an overlay, this technology provides fit precision depending on the amount of lace pressure applied by the user.


On the traction front, the X Ultra 3 GTX features a high traction Contagrip outsole which aims to grant wearers optimal ground grip with its aggressive, 5 mm multi-angular lugs. This Salomon-owned sole technology is divided into two major densities: low and high. Low-density portions manage grip while high-density sections promote sole durability and aids in edging maneuvers.

The heel zone of the Contagrip outsole is engineered with ridges positioned at opposing angles. This region, officially called Descent Control, further improves the shoe’s capability to provide traction, specifically during steep downhill slopes.

Extending ever so slightly towards the upper and encroaching the rubber toe bumper, the outsole gives the X Ultra 3 GTX a rubberized tip. This extension, bearing the S (for Salomon) logo, further strengthens the front end of the shoe, adding an extra layer of toe protection.


For underfoot cushioning, stability, and shock absorption, the designers crafted the shoe with an ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA midsole. This cushy foam of a platform is characterized by toughness and stress resistance. It also rivals rubber when it comes to elasticity. Its thick-to-narrow construction starting from the heel gives the shoe an overall sleek look.

Salomon’s Advanced Chassis has also found its way into the X Ultra 3 GTX. This frame-like component elevates the wearer’s hiking performance by providing extra stability and rebound. It also grants motion control and additional flexibility.

The removable insole that comes default with the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX low is primarily made of an Ortholite foam. This proprietary footbed cushions the foot while maintaining a cool and comfortable environment within the shoe’s interior. Its cupped rear end, which is made of EVA, yields ample heel support.


The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX is evidently lightweight thanks to its layered upper which is a fusion of textile fabrics and synthetic materials. The stitched-on overlay gives not only a precise fit but also abrasion protection.

When it comes to water intrusion prevention, the brand’s engineers infused the shoe’s upper with the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate. This is a moderately insulated lining which also promotes ventilation inside to maintain a cozy, in-shoe feel.

This footgear comes with a gusseted tongue. This protective design prevents unwanted entry of dirt, water, and pebbles while on the trail. It attaches the tongue to both sides of the boot (behind the lace eyelets). Additionally, at the back of the contoured ankle collar is a pull tab for swift on and off.

Located at the front end of the forefoot zone is a hardy toe cap. This rubberized coverage, together with the outsole’s rubber tip, promises toe protection by minimizing impact shock when the forefoot collides with hazards, such as rocks, boulders, and bulging roots.

This hiker’s closure system employs the brand’s Quicklace system. It has a sturdy cord in place of classic laces. This cord passes through a series of lace loops made of synthetic material and makes its way through a pair of standard eyelets at the ankle cuff line. It is secured with an adjustable locking clip. The remainder of the cord may be tucked inside the sleeve that is attached to the upper portion of the tongue.

Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX Care and Maintenance

The brand recommends the following care instructions to help extend the life of the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX low.

  • After each use, remove accumulated dirt using a soft, damp brush. Rinse it under clean water. Never machine wash the shoe. Dry it at room temperature without using any external heat source.
  • The lining should be periodically cleaned to prevent the build-up of odor and preserve its integrity. Wearing socks when using the shoe is also recommended.
  • Sockliners can be machine washed using warm water. Clean and replace as necessary.

Nice to know

- Those who need a sturdier pair for multi-day excursions may want to consider the benefits offered by the Salomon 4D 3 Quest GTX.


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