Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX Review

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The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX trail shoes are a great choice for all of your outdoor adventures. The incredible Contragrip outsole allows you to transition between terrains with ease — no matter where you are going or what you are doing. Customers love the incredible traction they offer, even when on a slick surface.

The amazing support and stability make these a worthwhile investment. They are loaded with features that ensure your feet are staying secure and protected inside the foot chamber. The Sensifit system of overlays envelope your feet to give you a precise and secure fit. Additionally, you will find an advanced chassis system to increase motion control and give you a responsive ride. Finally, they feature a molded shank for increased stability

Consumers can appreciate the overall comfort level of footwear. They are running a little small and have a narrow design. If you are not purchasing the correct size and stuck in ill-fitting shoes, you run the risk of causing discomfort. Assuming you have the right size, your feet will love you. The underfoot cushioning thanks to the Ortholite footbed make for a fantastic experience.

Overall, customers love the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX for all of their adventures. The water-resistant design and fantastic durability and support make them a great choice for just about anyone.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Amazing traction


Versatile design

Comfortable cushioning

Decent arch and heel support


Runs small

Narrow fit

The quick lacing system isn't ideal

average ankle protection


The Salomon company is a sports equipment manufacturer based in France. They got their start in 1947 in the French Alps by founder Francois Salomon. The company began by producing skis edges in a tiny workshop on the shores of Lake Annecy. Francois only had his wife and son to help him out.

It has been more than 70 years, and they have become of the best selling outdoor sports equipment company in Europe. They are one of the global leaders in outdoor sports. They offer a wide array of products for all of your adventure needs. They offer equipment for hiking, skiing, trail running, snowboarding, and more.

Salomon has become a trusted name that outdoor enthusiasts have grown to know and love. They are a trusted brand and can give you just about anything you need for all of your adventures.


The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX shoes are great for just about any of your outdoor needs. If you are hiking, trail running, or exploring the great outdoors then these are going to be the shoes for you. They offer a great deal of traction that can help you traverse most terrains with ease. They can take you through a wooded path, gravel roads, grassy trails, and even slippery ground. They will help keep you safe and on your feet no matter what you are doing or where you are going.


These trail shoes feature Salomon's Contragrip technology to bring you superior quality and functionality. This innovative outsole tech gives you the durability and traction that you need to take you through all of your adventures. These outsoles are made of a mix of three key proponents, compound, density, and geometry.

The sole is made out of a compound of 20 different ingredients to give you the right mix for just about any activity. The innovative mixture has taken years to develop and is ideal for outdoor activities such as running, biking, hiking, climbers, and adventurers.

Density is another important aspect of these soles. They contain seven different densities. They are designed like this to optimize their durability and grip. The varying densities help will specific needs in each of the different zones of your shoes. The low density gives you a fantastic grip when you are hiking or rock climbing. The high-density zones provide incredible durability and edging for walking or trail running.

Finally, the outsole features 27 geometries. These have been created to give you the best experience for all of your journies. These give you fantastic traction and durability for a plethora of terrains.


The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX Trail running shoes have a midsole made out of injected EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam. This helps provide customers with a pleasant underfoot experience. The use of this type of foam provides you with cushioning, shock absorption, and stability.

The foam platform provides durability that rubber midsoles can't offer. They offer a decent amount of elasticity and flexibility. Additionally, it gives you a construction that is thicker in the heal and thins out towards the toes. This gives your footwear a sleek look ad comfortable feel.

The shoes also feature Salomon's Advanced Chassis. This is a component that can increase your performance when hitting the trails. It gives you added stability and increased responsiveness. The chassis provides fantastic flexibility and motion control.


The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX features a removable insole. The footbed features Ortholite foam. This type of foam is generally made out of recycled rubbers, as well as proprietary polyurethane material. It is a common type of insole that you will find in a lot of footwear these days.

The foam offers stellar durability, keeping it's cushioning for an extended period of time. Most customers still have little bounce in their step after a year of frequent use.

The footbed is lightweight, durable, and breathable. It also provides motion control to keep you dry. Nobody likes the sweaty and stinky feet, and that isn't going to be an issue thanks to this insole.

The cupped back of the footbed is made out of EVA foam, like the midsole. This helps give you decent heel support. It will help lock your foot into the shoe so you can stay secure while you're out and about.


The lightweight uppers of the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX is a layered and a fusion of textile and synthetic materials. They feature a Sensifit overlay system that wraps around your foot to give you a more secure and precise fit. Additionally, these stitched overlays contribute to the durability of your shoes.

One of the best features of the uppers is that they are water-resistant. Splashing around in puddles and getting stuck in the rain won't be a problem, you can stay dry and comfortable. The leather uppers are coated with a waterproof PU-coating.

The trail shoes feature a cushioned tongue and collar to help improve your overall comfort level as well as provide additional support. Additionally, they have a breathable fabric lining inside the shoes to provide you with decent ventilation so you can stay cool and dry. A rubber toe cap can also help prevent your toes if you stumble into a rock or tree root on your adventures.

Finally, you will find a mudguard and gusseted tongue that will help keep debris out of your foot chamber. There is no reason to walk around with pebbles in your shoes.


When you are heading out and hitting the trails, you want to make sure that your shoes offer a decent amount of traction. After all, when you are exploring, you never know the terrains you will encounter, and you want to be prepared for everything. Thankfully, the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX trail footwear ensures that you have superior traction so you can take on everything that is thrown at you.

The high-traction Contragrip outsoles make sure that you are able to stay on your feet, no matter what you are doing. The exceptional grip will keep you on your feet, even when encountering slick surfaces. Of course, you are going to want to use caution when transitioning through different terrains and surfaces. However, the sticky rubber soles give you an extra layer of protection to prevent the risk of slipping and falling.


Consumers rave about the incredible comfort level of this product. The footwear offers amazing underfoot cushioning, which contributes to the overall comfortability. The Ortholite footbed is one of the most significant contributors to this. It provides impressive underfoot cushioning that your feet sink into.

Of course, the comfort level is directly related to the way your shoes fit. If you end up with something that doesn't fit properly, then you will experience some major discomfort and even pain. The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX does have a snug fit and tends to run a little narrow. If you have wide width feet, these are probably going to be a poor choice for you as they are going to cause discomfort.

Assuming you are getting the perfect fit, you should have no problem with the overall comfort level.


When you are heading out for a run or walk, it is important to ensure your footwear provides you with a decent amount of protection. This is especially true if you are walking on uneven terrains because you run the risk of your feet slipping and sliding around, causing injury. Thankfully, this isn't a problem you will have to experience with the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX trail shoes. They offer phenomenal support to keep you safe and secure while you're out and about.

The stiff outsole gives you decent lateral stability. This is assisted by the molded shank that sits between the midsole and outsole. The shoes feature a 4.5-inch forefoot width give you a solid base when you are on uneven terrains.

The height of the ankle collar is a little lower than some would like. However, the footwear still feels sturdier underfoot. This is mostly thanks to the stiffness in the soles and uppers. The stiffness isn't going to hinder your sensitivity at all, though. You can still maneuver easily when you are out and about, whether rock climbing or trail running.


When you are spending money on a pair of trail shoes, you want to make sure that you are getting something durable. You don't want to be out and about and have your shoes start to fall apart on you. Not only will they lose their aesthetics, but they can also lose some of their functionality.

Thankfully, this isn't something that you should have to deal with when it comes to this product. They have a robust construction and are made of sturdy materials so you can be sure that they will stay intact for quite a while.

There was a minimal amount of incidents when customers experienced premature wear and tear. They would start to come apart after only about a month or two. This is more the exception than the rule, but it was worth noting.


The Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX trail shoes have an athletic look that outdoor enthusiasts can appreciate. They are available in a few different color options. Some customers would have liked to have seen better and more options, but most were content with what they had. You can pick from sargasso sea, dark sapphire, and bistre; bungee cord, vintage kaki, and red dahlia; castor gray, beluga, and green sulfur; or black, magnet, and quiet shade.


One of the biggest downfalls of these shoes is that they are small. They are running smaller than you would expect and can cause frustration when you receive them, and they don't fit. Customers have stated that they are snug, and you might want to consider purchasing something a little bigger than usual to accommodate this discrepancy.

Not only are the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX running small, but they are also rather narrow. This can be discouraging, especially for those with wide feet. If you are naturally narrow, then this would be an excellent option for you. The restrictive fit can cause discomfort and irritation for many consumers.

The footwear is available in women's sizes 5-11.5 in both medium and wide widths. Additionally, you can get men's sizes 5.5-14 on average and wides. You can check out the sizing chart to help give you a better idea of what you want to order.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for great quality and comfortable shoes for your outdoor needs then the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX might be perfect for you. Customers love these shoes. They offer fantastic comfort and functionality. They are packed full of features that ensure your feet are staying comfy and safe while you are out and about. The great look and strong build make them great for almost anyone.