This text is about Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX for women and men, mid-cut waterproof and breathable hiking and backpacking boots with a 3D advanced chassis. These boots are designed to provide stability and comfort in all seasons and regardless of the type of terrain. Both models for women and men are presented here.
Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX for women
In Salomon’s description of these boots they write that here you have ‘trail running technology adapted for hiking’. They want to say that these are boots that give a good enough ankle support while being so lightweight and in the same time with rigid enough sole to protect you on any terrain.
These are very popular boots that have been around for several years now, introduced on the market in 2009.
The letters GTX describe the fact that these are Gore-Tex boots, so with a membrane, completely waterproof and breathable.
Mid implies that the boots provide only a moderate ankle support. So this is not a type you would normally use for very hard backpacking tours with a very heavy pack on your back. But these are great approach boots for mountaineers and climbers and for hiking day tours.
Here is a short video about the boots, please have a look:
- Abrasion-resistant materials are used.
- Reinforced heel cap, which is there to add extra stability for the rear foot. It is visible in the first picture above.
- You have a gusseted tongue, i.e., the tongue is completely connected to the upper. This prevents water from entering the boot, so you can walk in water up to the ankle.
- Non-marking Salomon’s unique Contagrip. This implies a specific design and a hard rubber with deep lugs, all introduced for an optimal traction for a variety of surfaces, see it in the picture below.
- Reinforced rubber toe cup for extra protection, see the first picture above. This is something every mountaineering boots and shoes should have, essential for hard trails.
- Advanced chassis. This is a construction between the outsole and midsole, introduced for maximum motion control and energy management. It includes a TPU layer in the heel part.
- EVA footbed for excellent cushioning and anatomical support.
- Ortholite sock liner which combines a very specific foam and an EVA heel cup. This foam creates a cooler and drier environment. It remains effective over time. It is build from recycled materials. The EVA heel cups are added for a better support and cushioning. The sock liner is removable and you can put any other if you want to do so.
- Average weight: 880 g/pair.
- Eyelets: 5 pairs; 4 pairs are metal and 1 pair is webbing.
About men Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX boots
This is a completely the same model but adapted for men’s feet. The same material and design are used as in the model for women. Average weight around 920 grams/pair. I have used these boots for hiking and mountaineering tours where crampons were not needed (my are hybrid-type crampons). But you certainly can use them with strap-on crampons.
Pros & cons for both models & users experience
The women’s model has received 4.6/5 average rate by Amazon customers, and 70% fit as expected statistics.
The model for men has received even higher rate, 4.7/5, and 89% fit as expected statistics. So these are indeed great numbers for both versions.
So to conclude this Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX review, these are nicely designed boots which offer a moderate ankle support. They are mid-cut and in my view, this makes them so versatile; you can use them in daily life and for commuting, and practically in any other situation when you need waterproof boots. The design is such that they require little or no break-in time. I used the model for men a few years ago, both in daily life and as light approach and hiking boots in the Alps. I was happy with them and I can strongly recommend them to anybody.
You might want to compare them with Adidas Terrex Fast boots and with Adidas Terrex Swift, they are in the same category of mid hiking boots. Note that in 2018 they have launched a new and improved version X Ultra 3 Mid GTX.
Thank you for reading. I shall be happy to have some comment from you in the comment box below. Have a nice day.
Here is yet another video with a person testing the boots in water (well, to some extent), have a look: