The Salomon X Ultra GTX is an exceptionally light shoe at just 956g (pair, size 11), making it instantly appealing to anyone wishing to save weight or move fast outdoors. The upper is synthetic with an open mesh and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The upper is protected by synthetic overlays and a large rubber toe bumper, but it’s still not going to be as durable as an all-leather upper if taken onto rough terrain. There is some reasonable stiffness in the heel cup for support on uneven ground but the upper and toe box are quite soft, so again it’s not the best option for loose, rocky ground. What is most interesting about the Salomon X Ultra GTX, apart from the weight, is that the outsole has some very aggressive and widely spaced studs that are great for gripping soft, grassy slopes and generally muddy terrain. The underfoot cushioning is also excellent for taking the strain out of pounding along firm paths. This all adds up to a shoe that’s great for fast and light movement in a variety of terrain, but it’s best suited to paths and moors. On rockier ground the Salomon X Ultra GTX doesn’t perform as well as stiffer shoes as there isn’t a great deal of stiffness in the sole. But it would work well for superlight backpacking as well as general outdoor activity away from rockier terrain.
Upper material synthetic textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Advanced Chassis
Men’s sizes 6.5-12.5
Women’s sizes 3.5-8.5
Weight 956g (pair, size 11)
The Salomon X Ultra GTX is a very lightweight shoe that would be a great choice for biking, hiking, moving fast or superlight backpacking on easier terrain.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014