Wow… Just wow… Now I have had hiking shoes before, but Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots are the next level! The first time you put on Salomon boots, I guarantee you, the first thing you will say is “wow.” The comfort level of these boots is hard to express through words, I have no clue how Salomon achieved that. The lightness of Salomon boots is hard to describe as well…
Anyway, if you are in a rush and have $164.95 to spend on hiking boots (not the cheapest hiking boots for sure…), BUY THEM! The link is below! I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. But if you just made a nice cup of coffee and want to learn more about these amazing hiking boots… Well, let’s do it then! Just a reminder, this review is a part of our Ultimate Survival Boots section, so it means we will consider different cafeterias pertaining not only to hiking, but also to survival situations.
Salomon Men’s X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boot – https://amzn.to/2IhGi00 – $164.95
- Leather and Synthetic
- Rubber sole
- A time-tested last refined over the years produces an optimal fit. It’s designed to work synergistically with the reinforced top arm of the sensifit, holding your foot comfortably in place, especially when you’re headed downhill.
- The Advanced Chassis, surrounded by foam cushioning for comfort, connects directly to the sole to stabilize your heel.
- Two different types of rubber are strategically placed on the sole, resulting in a more intense grip. A special patterned area the on heel grabs terrain more aggressively, giving you more control when you’re moving along at a healthy clip.
- Salomon 2 year limited warranty
- Features protective heel cap and eva shaped footbed sockliner
- Waterproofing: Yes – Gore-Tex
- Model: 401293
- Weight: 450g/15.8 oz.
- Midsole: EnergyCell
Comfort level of Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX is amazing! The boot sort of hugs your foot and there is not space left in there to wobble around. Now to test the comfort level I did a test. 5 mile walk, 3 mile run and total wear time of about 6-7 hours without taking off the Salomon boots. So far, these are one of the easiest boots to run in that I have ever tested. The 5 mile walk was a walk in the park too. (metaphorically speaking). The terrain that I have tested these boots in was a mix between asphalt, rocky road, dry debris (like something you would find on a trail), wet grass, mud and sand. Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX performed very well on all these surfaces.
Wearing Salomon boots for 6-7 hours was pleasant too. I was wearing them throughout the house, went on the motorcycle ride to the grocery store and just had them on throughout the day without taking them off at all. Perfect! Just as comfortable as a nice pair of slippers… Although I never had slippers… But I assume that slippers must be comfortable too. Anyway, whenever it comes to the comfort level, Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots get my 10 out of 10!
By the way, the sizing of Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX is spot on too, so yes, they are definitely true to size.
Built and Material Quality
The quality of Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots feels great! You can tell that they are built very well from the moment you open the box. Now, I cannot comment on the longevity, but judging by all the positive reviews on Amazon.com (more than 200 reviews with almost 5 stars), they should be serving me well for a very long time.
Salomon brand is a trusted brand by many experienced hikers! I am not an experienced hiker, but I can tell quality when I see one.
Are Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots waterproof?
Yes they are! Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots features Gore-Tex fabric that allows the breathability and at the same time is waterproof.
Bottom sole (outsole) of these Salomon boots features chevron lugs, a special lug design that is made for deep penetration and multi-directional grip. Thanks to this aggressive design, Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots are extremely stable on a wide variety of surfaces.
But here is my favorite part about the bottom sole of these Salomon boots. It is very flexible! I think it is very important, because if your bottom sole is not flexible enough, it becomes very hard to properly run in these boots. Now, if you are simply walking, you might not notice that much of the difference, but running makes it very obvious. And as I have mentioned, this is an Ultimate Survival Boot review, so we definitely need to consider different survival situations… obviously, running would be a thing to consider.
The only surface that Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX did not perform as well as all the other ones is mud/ While these boots were very stable on mud, because of the aggressive bottom sole design the mud was catching on to the bottom sole grooves. A similar issue was with sand, but it was noticeable only during the run. So, here, I would give a solid 9 out of 10.
Too Hot or Too Cold?
My answer is – PERFECT! Now, I have tested these boots in a 95 degree Florida heat. They were very breathable and felt light. My feet did not overheat and they were not even hot at all… not during the run, not during the walk… Probably thanks to the Gore-Tex fabric.
But at the same time, I got a feeling that Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX are insulated enough to handle cold temperatures pretty well too, so I started doing my research.
If you dig deep into the Amazon.com reviews of Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX, you will find people trailing Appalachian Trail and in temperatures of less than 30 degrees and yet, they claimed to still be warm… Now, I can’t comment on that since I live in a hot climate, but like I said, you do get that insulated feeling whenever you are wearing these boots.
So, if you are buying these boots for a cold weather, just make sure to pick up a nice warm pair of socks as well.
Design Features and the Looks
Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX are packed with awesome features! First of all, we have Gore-Tex for breathability and waterproofing, then we have the Sensifit, which provider that awesome “perfect fit” feeling. Also, there is the advanced chassis that is surrounded by foam cushioning for comfort and stability. Bunch of other features such as, injected EVA, protective rubber toe cap, OrthoLite inner sole with that awesome jelly feel and many, many other cool features!
Now, whenever it comes to the looks, Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots look awesome! But, Salomon boots look awesome for hiking boots. These are not the type of boots that you can wear as your everyday boots… Now, you might say: “unreasonable complaint…” And I agree, it is. But, this is an Ultimate Survival Boot review, remember, and for our survival situations, it is better to have a boot that you wear everywhere because it look appropriate for pretty much any situation, than the boot that you have at home, because you only have it for hiking. Following my thoughts here?
For the hiking boots though, Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX do look pretty awesome!
Competition and Similar Options
Usually, in this section I provide options that are very similar to the boots that are being reviewed. In this case, however, these boots are not really much of a competition, they are merely cheaper options. Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX boots are far superior.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Well, you probably already figured out that I love these boots. Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX are the best hiking boots that I have ever had and also, they are a very strong candidate for being on the top of my Ultimate Survival Boots list. There are not really any complaints that I can come up with for Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX… maybe just the hefty price of $164.95? But then, if you check out the similar price range options, you will realize that maybe the price tag is not that hefty after all.
So, overall, if you are looking for a perfect pair of hiking boots, I definitely recommend Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX. If you are just like me, looking for a perfect pair of survival boots, well, the search is not over yet, in fact, it has just began, so make sure to stick around this blog and subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
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You can't not love these boots! The feel amazing!
These are the best hiking boots that ive had so far! Super light, super comfortable!