Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX (2015)

The X Ultra is one of my favourite walking shoes (the ‘mid’ version is great too), and here is an updated version. Truth be told, the update is mostly cosmetic, smoothing out some of the chunkier edges and removing some of the excessive styling that made it look overly flashy. From the school of not-broke, no-fix, everything else is as it was: the softest, most cushioned insole I’ve ever used (thanks to Ortholite), a grippy tread that pulls you up anything from crumbly sandstone to a churned-up green lane, and enough clout in the toecap to suck up the bumps and scuffs of a mountain path. Plus it’s got Gore-Tex. The only polariser is likely to be the drawcord lacing (see the panel on the right for more on this). If the cord system works for you, great, but if you don’t like surrendering the control that comes with regular laces (and you’re sceptical of the flimsy nature of the cord), then perhaps not. I find the sizing rather tight, so if you want a bit more room to breathe, perhaps go a half-size up from your normal fitting. Overall, they're an exceptional walking shoe at a great price. 


Sizes: 6.5-12.5

Membrane: Gore-Tex

Outsole: Salomon Contagrip

Weight per pair: 800g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 0207 078 3528


Truly exceptional all-round walking shoe that balances swiftness with toughness.

Tested by Nick Hallissey

Country Walking June 2015