Salomon X Alp MTN GTX Boot - Women's

A mountaineering boot that hikes, or vice versa?

Splitting the difference between a heavy hiking boot and an extra-light mountaineering boot, Salomon's X Alp MTN GTX Women's Mountaineering Boot serves up the cushioning, agility, and precision you need for cold approaches, tough snowy hikes, and ridge climbs. The lightest member of the X Alp mountaineering line, the MTN GTX uses the same waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane as its big sisters, but Salomon opted for a nubuck leather and Cordura upper in place of a mountaineering-style gaiter. These changes make it less of a speedy alpine crusher than a do-it-all winter workhorse, but the 3D Edging chassis and flexible Mountaineering Contagrip sole still offer plenty of grip and precision on rocky, snowy, and slick terrain. The X Alp is also compatible with strap-on crampons if you need some extra grip.

Just because it's lightweight doesn't mean there's no cushion, either. Salomon built in an EVA foam footbed and midsole, along with an Ortholite sockliner, to take the sting out of rugged trails and keep your feet happy from the approach to the summit and back. A heel strap and heel foam provide plenty of rear support, while the gusseted tongue blocks snow and debris and the self-locking eyelets help you dial in a snug and comfortable fit to make your way up the mountain that much easier.

  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort waterproof and breathable membrane
  • Nubuck leather and Cordura upper
  • 3D Edging chassis
  • EVA footbed and midsole
  • Ortholite sockliner
  • Non-marking Mountaineering Contagrip sole
  • Gusseted tongue and self-locking eyelets
  • Heel strap and foam heel padding
  • Rubber toe and heel caps and TPU mudguard
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Best Mountaineering Boots I've Owned

    I have narrow feet, and every time I find a boot I like, the company goes out of business. For the past, 5 years I have tried to find a boot that replaced my Kaylands that was light and crampon compatible. I am on my second pair of these boots and love them. There was no break in time and no blisters. I also had all my toe nails at the end of the summer, which is something that had not happened in 5 years! They are comfortable, light weight, and good on scree and talus. The boots are also surprisingly water proof, as I trudged through a lot of snow this spring, and my feet stayed relatively dry. I just hope that Salomon continues making them.

    Stoked on these boots

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 8.5

    Personally, Salomon runs big for me so I bought a half size smaller than normal and they fit great.
    I bought these boots to climb the Grand Teton basically out of the box. I only wore them around my house for a day before. 20+ hours, many technical climbs (ice, snow and rock) later I was so impressed with how my feet/ankles felt. Also, considering the amount of snow... they stayed dry for the most part.
    My right ankle became sore halfway through my climb and ended up bruising from rubbing but nothing I couldn't bare.
    Other random info:
    They worked really well with crampons!
    I did have to retie the laces a few times
    I didn't get any blisters!

    I would highly recommend these stompers!

    Unanswered Question

    How tall are these boots?

    Great Boot for the Price!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 9

    I took these boots up Mount St. Helens a couple days ago and they did an excellent job of holding an edge on tricky rock sections, staying comfortable and warm in the snow field, and creating a solid platform to help reduce foot fatigue. All around an awesome boot for the money! My only qualm is that it runs a touch large, maybe a 1/2 size or so for me.

    Super light

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Super light and very comfortable. I don't feel any cold of temp 10F. I will write another review after Below 0F hike.

    Are these boots crampon compatible?

    Hey Jessica - These X Alp MTN GTX Boots are compatible with strap-on crampons. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

    - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    Excellent bang for the buck

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large

    Took these on two long Adirondack 4600 hikes during a very snowy, icy, shoulder season weekend (15-40F). 30 miles over two days, with ZERO break-in time. A little tape on the toe and I was good to go. These size and feel like the X Ultra 2, so you'll probably need to pick 1/2 size smaller.

    I was really surprised with how sticky these were on icy and wet rocks and slides, excellent edging, and complete ankle support. I could balance on a pointy rock edge with no effort at all. They're lighter than most backpacking boots and 4 season hikers and the forefoot flex meant the extremely long flat approaches were just as comfortable as in backpacking boots. My only beef is that they won't handle true Adirondack winter temperatures. Would love to see an insulated version good to -20F.