Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex walking boot review

A featherlight boot that’s comfortable and trustworthy.

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When you are heading off for a walk or a hike, you need a boot that you can rely on. Salomon is a respected name in the running shoe and walking boot world.

The Salomon X Ultra 3 was one of its biggest selling hiking boots in the UK. At the beginning of this year, it was upgraded and the Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid has become just as popular. It’s even lighter than its predecessor, and if you are after a seriously lightweight, comfortable pair of walking boots for all but the most taxing terrain, we’d recommend trying a pair of these for size, as they have really impressed us.

A pair of walking boots, one on its side and one side on, on a stone floorCredit: Saga Exceptional

Salomon Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex


The Salomon X Ultra 4 Gore-Tex boot is grippy in wet and dry conditions and comfortable straight out of the box. I wouldn’t recommend this for technical mountain terrain due to the thin flexible sole but, for everything else, this is a great, light hiking boot. Recommended.

Who’s this for?

Anyone after a comfortable and very lightweight mid-cut walking boot.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Impressively lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Grippy in wet and dry
  • Good ankle and toe protection

Expect to pay

RRP: £170 Expect to pay: If you shop around you may find these for as little as £120 (depending upon size) in online retailers such as Wiggle and Start Fitness. However, if you are concerned about the fit, it’s worth going to a store to get a pair fitted.

Salomon Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex Review Method

How we tested

The boots were put through their paces by a trainee mountain leader on pavements, tracks and grass. They were used for everything from morning dog walks to full mountain days in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park. The boots were tested in both wet and dry conditions. Testing took place over a month and this review will be updated over the coming months, including autumn and winter use.


Testing criteria

  • Comfort and fit
  • Support and protection
  • Waterproofing and breathability
  • Grip
  • Durability

Salomon Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex Comfort and fit

Light as a feather

The X Ultra 4 boot is comfortable straight out of the box and is as light as a feather to wear. The feel is similar to a pair of running shoes but with the benefit of ankle support and a little more rigidity around the foot. We built up from half hour walks to hour walks and then full day mountain walks within a week and suffered no blisters or rubs. We found you could walk for hours in these boots and not be desperate to take them off on your return.

The boots have a regular lacing system with wing-like side straps to help create a snug fit around the ankle. It feels almost too easy as they lace up with a single pull. However, we didn’t need to readjust the boots during walks and our feet were held securely even during steep descents. We did, however, find that the soft tab gaped a little around the ankle and occasionally some debris got in.

Salomon Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex Support and Protection

Freedom of movement

Despite its low weight, the X Ultra 4 is surprisingly protective. It won’t give you the same rigidity as a traditional, heavier boot but many walkers find those boots too restrictive. Toe bumpers and heel cushioning give added protection and the mid-cut style gives you ankle support but still allows freedom of movement.

There is less padding in the mid-sole than many boots and the soles are thinner. This could be an issue on technical, rocky terrain, and with such a flexible sole we wouldn’t be happy taking them scrambling in the wet. However, for most terrain, it can be a benefit feeling what is underfoot.

Salomon Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex Waterproofing and Breathability

A dry boot that won’t let you down

The X Ultra 4 uses a Gore-Tex liner as its waterproof and breathable membrane. We walked through wet grass, stood in small streams and hiked in wet weather and, so far, these boots have not let us down.

The waterproof lining does make these boots run warmer than boots without a membrane. It is a trade-off, but in the UK we would never buy a pair of boots without some form of waterproofing due to our changeable weather. We found them more breathable than heavier boots but in the hottest weather, our feet did start to sweat.


Salomon Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex Grip

Confidence even in the wettest weather

These boots boast Salomon’s All Terrain Contagrip sole (a rubber compound), which Salomon says will grab the terrain even when it’s wet and slippery. We found them great in the wet and dry on the flat and on steep mountains. Yes, they slip on flat wet rocks but every boot we’ve tried does. The chevron lug pattern was also great at gripping wet grass and mud. A stiffer boot would be better in snow but this is marketed as a three-season boot. In all, we felt confident in even the wettest weather.

Salomon Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex Durability

So far, so good

After a month of almost constant use, the boots are still looking good, with no sign of premature wear. They are light and often longevity is the pay-off. Some reviews on the Salomon website suggest these boots can lose their water resistance quickly but, so far, we haven’t had an issue. We will be updating this review and our advice is to buy from a reputable retailer with a good returns policy – just in case.

Most lightweight boots tend to last a couple of years (depending upon use) before the soles wear and the uppers start to go and that is what we would hope for from these.

Salomon Women’s X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex Verdict

A top buy

The Salomon Ultra X 4 is a cracking boot. It’s featherlight, comfortable, supportive waterproof and grippy. Unless you are tackling very technical mountain terrain or want a four-season boot for snow, then these could be all you need.

Phillipa Cherryson

Written by Phillipa Cherryson she/her


Phillipa Cherryson is a senior editor for Saga Exceptional. Phillipa has been a journalist for 30 years, writing for local and national newspapers, UK magazines and reporting onscreen for ITV.

Her passion is outdoor fitness. She’s a trainee mountain leader; an Ordnance Survey Champion; she organises walks and instructional events for South Wales members of online community the Adventure Queens and she’s vice chair of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Local Access Forum.

She hated sports at school and only started getting the fitness bug as she reached her 50s. Now she loves mountain walking, trail runs, e-biking, paddleboarding and climbing. She also loves cake.

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