I was recently on the market for a new pair of hiking boots. My cheap pair purchased years prior needed an upgrade. After a lot of research I decided the Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX was for me. I recently tested them out on a two week road trip around the South West of England. Read on for my honest review.
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Key Features of the Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Womens Hiking Boots
|Fastening||Standard Lace Up|
|Material||Fabric & Leather|
|Insole||Ortholite, EVA shaped sockliner|
|Weight||418g (UK 5.5)|
|Key Features||Heel & toe cap, mud guard, gusseted tongue|
First Impressions of the Salomon X Ultra 3
For a women’s hiking boot I thought they actually looked quite nice. The colour I chose was the blue but they also look nice in black. There are an abundance of hiking boots in garish colour combinations out there and I was pleased these boots came in ‘normal’ colours.
Initially I ordered the UK size 6 but these were too small. I re-ordered a whole size up in a UK 7. I’m normally a UK 6-7 depending on the brand. I’d suggest if you are between sizes choosing the larger one.
Having had my original hiking boots for 10+ years these Salomon X Ultra 3 boots did feel quite narrow when I first tried them on. I can only assume it is where my other pair have been stretched out over the years.
Overall they looked very smart and I was looking forward to testing them out.
Are the Salomon X Ultra 3 comfortable?
Yes. They are extremely comfortable.
I tested them out over a two week period in which I hiked around 100 miles in total. My initial concerns about them being narrow were unfounded. They are specifically designed for women and I found them very comfortable and supportive even after a day hiking 8 miles or so. They seemed to mould to my foot shape. I did not suffer any blisters even though I didn’t break them in at all.
SensiFit™ cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, providing a secure, snug, and virtually customized fit all around the foot.
Molded to match the contours of your foot, the OrthoLite® insole provides superior cushioning, as well as breathability and durability, to upgrade the comfort and performance of our footwear.salomon.com
The toe box is nice and roomy so going downhill doesn’t cause your toes to squish up. This is another reason I suggest sizing up. They are also nice and light so although, yes they are mid height, its not like wearing a massive cumbersome pair of boots.
My trip was in February so we encountered cold temperatures but my feet remained toasty without becoming sweaty.
During my initial research I did notice some reviews stating that the shoelace hooks got caught on the other boot/other boots laces when walking as they are quite large. I didn’t encounter this problem however, so maybe that was something to do with the way they walk.
Are the Salomon X Ultra 3 waterproof?
Yes. They are waterproof.
The Salomon X Ultra 3 are designed to be a waterproof boot. I was specifically looking for a good waterproof pair that were not full leather boots.
Constructed from a lightweight and water resistant textile, softshell and PU coated leather upper, all built around a GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort bootie liner, they provide a fully waterproof and breathable barrier for your feet.gooutdoors.co.uk
During my research various reviews on various retailers websites complained of them not being waterproof. This did worry me, but I noticed that many people had had them a year or so and I did wonder if they had bothered to re-proof them. Walking boots do need to be re-proofed after a period of time, they do not stay waterproof indefinitely.
On my trip in February the waterproofing was certainly put to the test. We encountered many days were we ended up hiking in the rain. Early on, hiking in the Valley of Rocks we got caught in a torrential downpour. I can confirm my feet remained dry throughout with my Salomon X Ultra 3’s on.
What is the Salomon X Ultra 3’s performance like on the trail?
Traction & Grip
The boots have Descent Control Technology and a special Contragrip sole which is supposed to provide maximum traction on mixed terrain. I used the boots in both wet and dry conditions and encountered slippery mud, gravel and rocks. I didn’t have any issues with the grip, I didn’t hit the dirt at any point.
For maximum traction on mixed terrain and extended durability, Contagrip® TD combines a deep, aggressive lug pattern with our most durable compound.salomon.com
Stability & Support
The Salomon X Ultra 3 in the mid height provides reasonable support to the ankle. You need to tie the laces quite tight to get the support. I did find they would loosen up sometimes whilst hiking.
There is a taller boot available but I feel that would only be necessary if you are carrying a heavy pack or on really difficult terrain. I only use my X Ultra 3’s for light hiking whilst carrying a day pack so they are perfect for me.
There is a much appreciated protective toe cap which saved my toes from scuffs a few times. The soles are also thick enough that I didn’t feel any sharp rocks through them whilst hiking.
Whats the verdict?
I’m extremely happy with my purchase of the Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX. They are extremely comfortable, waterproof and provide the support I need for the type of hiking I undertake. They also do a low top trainer version which I may test out in the future.
It’s still early days in my experience with these boots so I will update my review if anything changes. However Salomon do offer a 2 year guarantee on its products so if I have any problems I’m confident they will address it.
The boots retail for £145 but you can often find them with discounts. I managed to get mine for £100 which is very reasonable for such a quality pair of hiking boots.
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