Sizing + break-in, then great!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 6.5
I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. Once I got the right size in the Salomon X Ultra 4 and broke them in, Iâve come to really like them! They are super lightweight, but feel supportive and durable. The beefy sole and reinforced rubber toe gives good protection. I definitely expect these to last for the long haul. The outsole grip is outstanding on varied terrain and does great on steep, rocky downhill. I like the quick-lace system for efficiency, however I wish the lacing started closer to the toe, as it feels disproportionally tight over the mid foot when cinched. Additionally, the toe box is pretty roomy, if that is something you do/do not look for. So far a bit hard to keep the lace length tucked in once tightened, as it tends to pop out frequently during hikes when tucked into the tongue. Probably other ways you can secure this.
For me the X Ultra 4s were quite stiff to start and definitely required a breaking in period. After several shorter hikes Iâd now be confident wearing these for longer adventures. So far I have used these in dry conditions, but love the Goretex waterproofing aspect. Overall Iâd recommend the Salomon X Ultra 4- just choose your size accordingly and give yourself some break in time before your big journey.