Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Review
Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Review
Our Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX review comes after putting them through their paces out in the wilds over the past few months in rain, hail, wind, sun and mud such has been the unsettled weather.
Before we get into the nitty gritty let’s just get the obvious out of the way. The Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX are a lightweight walking boot, mid height design with Gore-Tex performance comfort technology which comes in at 460 grams and priced at around the £130.00 price mark.
Salomon have updated the appearance of the X Ultra Mid 2 GTX , and I must say they look very cool. Keeping a sense of sturdiness without being too aggressive, having an athletic look of a trainer while still looking like they’re ready for a proper walking adventure!
Here’s what Salomon say:
Updated with sleek, athletic design details, X-Ultra Mid 2 GTX® provides stability, mid height support and the year round climate comfort of GORE-TEX®
We received the X Ultra Mid 2 GTX in blue for this review, though they also come in black and green for men, and the women get a trendy colour scheme with either a dash of pink, green or grey.
As is the norm these days boots are crammed with more technology than a space shuttle, and the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX are no exception. All can be found on the Salomon website in detail, but here are the highlights to make a note of.
OrthoLite® sockliner technology is used to create a cushion as well as ensure a healthy, dry environment for the feet. This is the same technology used in my Hi-Tec Zuuks, which are THE most comfortable shoe ever, so no problems here.
GORE-TEX® adds that tried and tested protection to keep feet dry outside and in, and I have no quibbles here with dry feet all throughout the test period; rain, puddles and muddy forestry trails included.
My usual choice of boot would almost always come with a Vibram sole, but the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX uses Contagrip technology. Although the first time for me experiencing Contragrip, I can’t seem to fault it. Happily keeping me upright on slippy grass gradients, muddy trails and rocks, both dry and wet.
We glossed over it at the start, but these boots weigh 460 grams! Now that’s light on paper, and light on the feet too. Add to that the gusseted tongue that prevents any unwanted debris getting inside and irritating your feet, and walking with these boots becomes comparable to wearing a comfortable gym trainer.
I would happily walk all day in them, and I intend to do so over the coming summer months. The only slight worry I have is if the GORE-TEX® will prove a tad warm for my feet on a long summers day walk. It shouldn’t, as the fabric is not too thick in that respect. We’ll have to come back to you after/if we get some summer weather on that point!
The rubber toe cap provides the adequate coverage at the front of the boot, with heel protection also in place so no pangs of pain on those rocky scrambles.
The design of the chassis gives a certain flex thus not restricting movement, and although you can gauge a feel for the ground beneath there isn’t that painful feeling of stones poking through to the soles of your feet that you may experience from other lightweight boots.
Good to see metal eyelets as many lightweights come with fabric incarnations, and the laces performed fine too. Though we saw a handy tip on-line suggesting we buy the toggle lace system that’s usually found on Salomon’s trail shoes. That addition would certainly make them easier and quicker to get on and off.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time getting the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX review done. During the 3 months or so it delivered dry, lightweight and the most comfy walks I’ve ever had in any kind of boots. Well worth the price tag for that alone.
If you require any further reassurance, they have converted me to the lightweight boots club for 1/2 if not 3/4 of the year if I can get away with it.
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siI’m a Welshman born and raised in the shadow of Snowdonia, and you could say the Mountains are in my blood with a name like Tryfan! I would class myself as a relative newcomer to the outdoor pursuits arena, and so my articles will be my attempt to chronicle my adventures, hopefully learning as I go and giving those that are in a similar boat an insight / forum to share and learn.