Verdict from 22 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Many users praise the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX for its aggressive performance on trails.
  • It has a reliable waterproof construction, according to plenty of verified reviewers.
  • The majority of them all say that this outdoor boot from Salomon is super comfortable.
  • A landscape photographer, who always experiences slipping on ice, is impressed by its strong grip.
  • A lot of reviewers admire the design and color of the boot.
  • Several users applaud this footwear for being robust yet less bulky.

1 reason not to buy

  • A few customers didn’t think that the metal studs really increase the grip and traction of the boot.

Bottom line

A rugged hiking boot designed for the winter days, the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX has received high marks for being grippy, comfortable, warm, and protective. Also, this GORE-tex bootie is proven to keep your feet dry even when it’s covered with snow and ice. 

Indeed, it has everything you expect from a premium winter boot. And even without the metal studs attached to the sole, the aggressive lugs will maximize your performance on the trail.

Tip: see the best hiking boots.

Good to know

  • The Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX has a very similar style and design with the earlier model - Salomon X Ultra Mid Winter. However, the Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX packs plenty of advanced features, such as the carbide tipped spikes in the sole for added grip and traction, the lightweight Advanced Chassis™ for motion control, and a GORE-tex membrane for waterproofing.
  • Other notable features of X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX are the SensiFit which gives the shoe a snug fit, the molded OrthoLite offering superior cushioning, and the grippy Contagrip W.

Designed for men and women who enjoy winter hiking, the X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX boots are equipped with the SensiFit™ system that wraps the foot, giving it a secure, snug, and virtually custom fit. They also feature a traditional lacing system with eyelets for easy adjustment.

These Salomon boots are constructed with Contagrip® W outsoles that are specifically designed for climbing, hiking, and trail running. This outsole technology combines three major components - density, compound, and geometry. Highly durable rubber of varying densities makes up the outsole while the aggressive lug pattern ensures grippy performance on the trail. 

What makes the X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX outsole unique are the Carbide tipped spikes inserted into the sole lugs. There are nine of these metal studs strategically placed all over the sole lugs for increased traction on ice and other slippery surfaces.

The injected EVA midsole makes for a lighter and thinner shoe. It’s also more flexible and has better shock absorption properties than compressed EVA midsoles. EVA is a type of synthetic foam that delivers a more efficient response and works with all layers to reduce fatigue (which is a common scenario after hours of hiking or trail running).

An advanced chassis and shank are inserted between the midsole and outsole. The chassis aids in motion control and energy management, helping the wearer create an efficient, stable, and responsive stride. Meanwhile, the shank boosts torsional rigidity and stability.

Lastly, the boot comes with an Ortholite sockliner for cushion and moisture management.

The boot upper is made with textile and leather materials which all have water-repelling qualities. The insides are lined with GORE-tex membrane which is 100% waterproof but less breathable.

A polyurethane-coated leather covers the major areas of the upper to protect the shoe from the elements and make it last longer. It also has a gusseted tongue to keep the debris out.

Completing the upper is a traditional lacing system with thick metal eyelets for a more secure fit.


How Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 8% hiking boots
All hiking boots
Bottom 4% Salomon hiking boots
All Salomon hiking boots
Bottom 4% snow hiking boots
All snow hiking boots


The current trend of Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX.
Compare to another shoe:
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.