X Ultra 4 GTX: An enhanced successor

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. There is also its handful of upgrades from the X Ultra 3 GTX, the most notable of which 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.

Additional info

  • 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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