Salomon X Ultra hiking shoes
By: Vineet Sharma
Also featured in Issue #20 | March 2014
X-Ultra is Salomon’s technical trail shoe with stable chassis and added protection, ideal for fast hiking on mixed terrain. It is designed for grip, protection and stability. Designed with durability in mind, the X Ultra is packed with too many features like quick drying breathable mesh, protective mud guard material all around the base of the shoe, Eva shaped footbed which provides excellent cushioning and anatomically designed support and Salomon’s lightweight advanced chassis which is placed between the outsole and midsole, maximizes motion control, energy management and push through protection for an efficient, stable and responsive ride. The quicklace system is what we really like in Salomon shoes as they offer minimalistic
The overall design and construction of the shoe is pretty solid and the big chunky non-marking Contagrip sole which looks just like a solid mountain bike tire delivers optimal traction on varied surfaces. Inside is an Ortholite foam which creates a cooler, drier, healthier, better cushioned environment under the foot. It will not break down or lose effectiveness over time.
Salomon X Ultra is also available in Gore-Tex version and comes in various color options too. Originally built for light hiking, we think this can be a great shoe for mountain bikers who often hike a lot with their bikes as it also comes with shock-absorbing, resilient foam at the heel and a gusseted tongue which keeps debris from getting into your shoe and of-course a rubber toe cap which keeps you from banging up your toes on rocks.
What you see here is a non-GoreTex version of X Ultra which is available in India for INR 7000.