Women Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX shoes are a new and updated 2016 version of the very popular hiking shoes that have been around from 2009. These shoes are very lightweight and they offer a great stability and weather protection.
Place to buy & price
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
At Salomon site, they describe the X Ultra 2 GTX shoes as trail running technologies applied to hiking equipment. Indeed, when you see how these shoes look like, you have the filling that they are a pair of running shoes. But regardless of their (exceptionally beautiful) external design, in fact, these are true hiking shoes.
As you see from the picture above, these are low-cut shoes, and therefore you can use them also in daily life, and for various outdoor activities.
This beautiful shoe has a Gore-Tex liner inside. So you are totally protected from water, while at the same time the material is breathable and you will feel pleasant on long hiking trails. Your feet are kept dry both from outside and inside.
It has a gusseted tongue. This means that there is a material bridge which connects the tongue to the body of the shoe, almost all the way up the shoe. This protects you from water and debris entering the shoe.
You also have a Quicklace system used here. This implies very minimalistic but strong kevlar laces with one-pull tightening. Extraordinary easy on and off.
They were thinking of everything, so you have a tiny lace pocket on the upper part of the tongue, to hide the excess lace away. This is useful in particular if you walk through bushes. It is just beneath the letter S on the tongue, you can see it in the picture above. So when you lock it with the stopper you stow in the pocket.
Sensifit system used here implies that the upper is integrated with the lacing system. So the foot is enveloped with a secure fit. You can see it in the first picture above
In the construction, a sturdy abrasion resistant lining is used. It is still very breathable and quick drying.
On the toe, you have extra rubber cup for protection, good to have on a hard terrain, and something similar is on the heel section as well, the latter is visible in one of the pictures below.
The sole system
The sole is peace of engineering. Inside you have an EVA shaped footbed. There is a mudguard, a protective layer all around the bottom part. The mentioned Sensifit system is used to cradle the foot in order to offer a precise and secure fit.
You have OrthoLite sock liner which combines a specific Ortholite foam and an EVA heel cup. The Ortholite foam is there to create a healthier and better cushioned environment under the foot. It is designed to last and to keep its features over time. You also have EVA heel cups for a better heel support and cushioning.
Salomon’s 3D lightweight advanced chassis used here is placed between the outsole and midsole. Its purpose is to maximize motion control and energy management and to add lateral protection and torsional stability.
The bottom is Salomon’s Contagrip. It is designed to give an optimal traction on varied surfaces. This is Salomon’s branded technology developed in 1994 for mountaineering boots. They have developed it into a broad range of soles and have used it ever since in their sport shoes.
Here is a very useful video (4:18) about Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX shoes for women, please take a look:
Technical specifications & summary of features
- Weight dependent on size: in average 740 g/pair.
- The number of eyelets: 4.
– Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane.
– Upper: PU-coated leather & water-resistant textile.
– Midsole: injected EVA and molded shank.
– Outsole: non-marking Contagrip rubber.
- Rubber toe and heel caps for extra protection.
- Warranty: 2 years.
- Mud guard.
- Heel strap (see the picture).
- Gusseted tongue.
- Contagrip outsole.
- Advanced chassis.
Pros & cons, users experience
I have seen a number of people complaining that these shoes are too big. So if you have a narrow foot you might bear this in mind and order accordingly, see the picture bellow. Amazon customers gave rating 4.1/5, a bit surprising to me since there is hardly anything one could object to these shoes.
To conclude this text about women Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX shoes, these are shoes with a great design, built from top quality materials, and with the best Salomon’s technology. The model was launched in 2009 and it has been modified and improved, so what you see here is its latest version. This is a specific women model, which implies that all elements are designed so to fit women’s frame.
The shoes are versatile, suitable for various outdoor activities and for daily life. My overall feeling about these shoes I express through this:
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