Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero

A Technical Hiking Shoe

Salomon X Ultra 3

Weight: 12.9 ounces (Men’s 9)
Trail Use: Very good
Off Trail Use: Excellent
Stack Height Heel/Toe: unavailable
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 11mm
Width: Medium
Fit: True to size
Waterproof: No, but comes in GTX model
What We Like: A lighter true hiking shoe that provides excellent traction and plenty of support

MSRP: $120
Traction: 5
Support: 4.5
Long-Distance Comfort: 4

The Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero hiking shoes are designed to handle tricky terrain with extreme stability. Salomon is known for its excellent traction, and these shoes do not skimp in that department. They’re engineered for traveling up or down steep grades, over slippery rocks. Furthermore, this model has extra support in the midsole to keep your feet stable while moving through precarious places.

Though these shoes are too heavy to be considered trail runners, they are the lightest option in this category. We’re impressed with the amount of stability and support they provide, without an excessive amount of weight. Furthermore, this is the most breathable option of this category. The 11mm drop may be a difficult transition from a low drop shoe, but is standard for this category. Because of its built-in sturdiness, we noted a lack of comfort over longer distances. We recommend this shoe for backpacking and hiking trips through wet and varied terrain, where stability and durability are priorities.

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  • Excellent traction, designed for navigating steep grades and slippery surfaces (or both at the same time!)
  • Weighs less than many other true hiking shoes
  • Breathable, while still offering plenty of support


  • Less comfortable over longer distances than similar models
  • Cannot be taken on a trail run
  • Higher drop (11mm) will not work for athletes used to a low drop shoe


  • Stability in unpredictable terrain
  • Hikers and backpackers who want a lighter option in a true hiking shoe
  • Shorter days on trail, comfort does not last past ~20 miles


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