Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX

No matter where you’re headed, the weather resistance, multi-directional lugs, and seamless construction of the Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX will take you there.

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Our Conclusion
The Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX is another example of how Salomon pushes the boundaries of tactical footwear. The Cross Hike is one hell of a rugged and all-terrain boot that keeps you on your feet, no matter your destination.

Both grippy and agile, this latest Salomon range keeps you comfortable with mid-height ankle cushioning, supreme support, and breathability.

In addition, the rugged construction supports your journeys over the most technical trails with an ankle gaiter, Matryx® upper and advanced lug geometry.

Feeling more like a running shoe than a traditional hiker, the Cross Hike Mid feels incredibly light, with a flexible build and thick cushioning. Yet, despite its robust nature, plenty of flexibility means you can get it with ease.
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Pros & Cons
Pros
Sturdy
Durable
Versatile
Waterproof
Comfortable
Lightweight
Multi-color options
Cons
Expensive
Lacks ankle support
Key Features
Key Features
Design

One of the most crucial aspects of a hiking shoe is traction, so traction needs to be impressive for a boot like this that promises to take you over any terrain.

Utilising the Contagrip outsole means the Salomon Cross Mid Hike GTX has all the traction a trail runner needs.

With well-spaced aggressive lugs, the multi-directional tread copes well with packed dirt and mud, meaning mud and stones don’t build in the soles.

What’s more, the lugs are skillfully arranged and extend to the toe cap, allowing for uphill traction even on steep terrain. You also get braking power and close control for fast and technical descents.

However, the Salomon Cross Hike can be a little inconsistent in wet terrain and slick slabs. But if you’re looking for an incredibly lightweight hiking boot that’s perfectly suited to day hikes, fastpacking hikes, summer hikes or overnight adventures, the Cross Hike is a great option.

The speed lace system also makes securing these mid-height hikers easy but can be challenging to get a secure grip around the ankle.

What’s more, because these boots work like a trail runner, you don’t get the sturdy and sometimes overly rigid support of a mountain boot.

A traditional hiking boot inspires more confidence when you need robust protection from ankle twists, bumps, and scrapes. Although you’re really unlikely to experience any ankle rolls, hikers who prefer a tight, locked-down feeling may not feel secure with the Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX.

Comfort

Finding that the Cross Hike allows for immediate comfort with no wear in the time and superb cushioning was a nice surprise. Additionally, despite wearing the boots with no break-in time, there were no pressure points.

Even over several hour hikes over rugged terrain, the Salomon Cross Hike Mid is so comfortable, partly due to the seamless uppers.

You’ll also get plenty of bounce and cushioning from the OrthoLite insole, which is distinctly padded and plush.

The thick tongue also enhances this cozy feel. Despite the hiking boot feel, these hiking boots are incredibly lightweight, with the toe box and heel cap providing just the right amount of security. Getting excellent energy returns is also possible with the EnergyCell+ midsole.

I love that Salomon often uses Gore-Tex (GTX) waterproof membrane for their waterproof boots.

Using the breathable yet highly waterproof GTX membrane means the Salomon Cross Hike performs exceptionally well in wet weather, over puddles and crossing streams. But even on hot and dry days, your feet stay cool and breathable.

But, of course, if you submerge your feet more than the top of the boots, you may still get wet.

Materials

Salomon never disappoints with the materials that go into their hiking gear. Yes, the cost of Salomon hikers is on the high side, but you are paying for the absolute quality of materials.

For starters, including the efficiently waterproof Gore-Tex waterproof membrane plus synthetic textile upper lets your feet stay cool and dry from the inside out.

What’s more, a sturdy rubber Contragrip outsole gives you all the traction, support, and comfort you need for nearly all terrain.

Durability

Salomon never let you down with the quality and durability of their products. Not only does the Salomon Cross Mid Hike Mid GTX look and feel durable, but the Contragrip MD rubber outsole creates plenty of durable abrasion resistance.

Coming with naturally durable and robust materials, your boots and feet are taken care of. What’s more, Salomon always provides a 2-year warranty with all of their hiking shoes, so durability is never really an issue.
Comparison to Similar Hiking Boots
There are few mountaineering boots or trail runners on the market compared to the Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX. But if you prefer the flexibility of a low-top version, the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator is a classic choice. It’s a similar lightweight boot to the Cross Hike, sharing many of the same great features in terms of traction and comfort.

But the Moab 2 Ventilator does come slightly cheaper than the Cross Hike. However, the low-top design of this Merrell boot is potentially less sturdy, stable, and stylish than the Cross Hike. But for those that prefer plenty of ankle flexibility, you’ll be glad to know that the Moab 2 Ventilator comes in a low top design.

If you need a more supportive high top boot, the Salomon Quest 4 Gore-Tex and Salomon XA Forces Mid Gore-Tex hiking boots are excellently sturdy yet lightweight and responsive mountaineering boots. Boasting many of the great features that the Cross Hike does, you can’t go wrong.
Verdict
Acing all of its tests, the Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX is a responsive, fast-paced, and comfortable mid-hiker. It’s just perfect for hiking, biking, scrambling, running, or just everyday use.

If you’re after a lightweight mid-hiker that efficiently deals with most weather and terrain in a durable and robust boot, then look no further.

I know the price for Salomon boots can feel a little on the hefty side, but you get what you pay for. When you’re paying for hiking boots this versatile, durable, and comfortable, you’ll not regret it.
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