There’s nothing quite like kicking off your muddy pair of Salomon X Ultra 3 hiking boots at the door after a crisp walk the mountains, leaves crunching under each footstep.With the leaves reaching peak foliage in the Flat Tops, fall is certain to arrive in town soon enough. This marks the perfect time to invest in a trusty pair of waterproof hikers to extend the hiking season just a little longer.
The Salomon X Ultra 3 sleek design is the first thing to catch your eye. It’s much less bulky than your traditional hiking boot, weighing in at less than a pound. Don’t let the lightweight design fool you, this is a solid option. With a stiff Contragrip sole, the boot allows you to hike over wet rocks, gravel fields, and forest floors with ease. Salomon has also equipped the X-Ultra with a Gore-Tex membrane. Whether you’re caught in an afternoon thunderstorm or an unexpected river crossing, your feet are sure to stay dry and warm.
Once you put the shoes on, you will immediately see why they are so popular. They offer a “shoe fit” that makes it feel like you’re wearing a sneaker, not a boot. Also, the Ortholite insoles offset the stiff outsole which gives the wearer more cushion. You won’t have to worry about sore ankles in this boot either. The traditional lacing system allows for just the right amount of closure around the ankle for any wearer.
Be cautious on sizing here as the Salomon brand tends to build their shoes longer than others. This may cause you to size down a bit to ensure the correct fit.
Ski Haus offers this boot for ladies and men in the Grey Denim color-way. Ladies sizing from 5.5 to 11 and mens from 7 to 13 for only $165.00.
Left photo: A boots-off break at Slide Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness to do some fishing.