[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible” margin_top=”30px” margin_bottom=”” background_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_separator style_type=”none” sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]If you have stalked this blog as much as you bloody should have, you will know that I used to sport a pair of La Sportiva (see what I did there?) Glaciers. They have served me well but I have been growingly convinced that they were named Glaciers because they weigh the same as the south pole. Each. They are bomb proof, I could quite literally stand in a river and they would not let a single drop of moisture in but, and this is a big but, if I have to drag them f**king boots up another mountain, I will throw them off of the top followed by myself. Assuming I even make it that far!

So, out of the blue, these little beauties appear. I won’t lie, after feeling the solid ruggidity (is that a word?) of the Glaciers, I was dubious that something as light as the brand new X Ultra MID 2 GTX could be as good. These weigh nigh on sod all each (actual tech specs and other boring stuff below); I literally have running trainers that weigh more than these. In fact, on comparison, they weigh 100 grams shy of my athlete grade Adidas Terrex Boost trainers (320g) – that is scary light. Anyway, I digress. Worried I was! I’m there, throwing these things about like they’re just going to fall apart on me or worse still, they will let me down halfway up a mountain! “A Test, A TEST!!” I hear you cry! Oh, go on then…

Design

I went for blue, just because it matches my hair. But these come in loads of different colours so that’s all good. They look pretty bloody cool, which is flat out the main reason for buying any boot. They practically have go faster steps all over them so again, a proven bonus.

The upper is Gore-Tex. Nuff said. I will go on to test this… The tongue is designed as a fully sewn gusset to effectively create that barrier against water ingress throughout the front of the boot. The height of the boot allows for great ankle support but not too much to get in the way when on a lighter hike, though more on that below. There is a great strap across the lower back ankle which forms a sturdy support for the base of the foot. The X ULTRA MID 2 GTX also sports a combination between fabric loops and metal hooks for the laces as well, which is a huge bonus for both durability and maintenance in the field – bonus.

The sole of the X ULTRA MID 2 GTX is a Contagrip design with a funky stabilising TPU chassis grip. I have absolutely no bloody idea what this does or how it works – much smarter people than I have developed this stuff and I thank them for it. They. Are. Bloody. Comfy.

The inside body of the shoe is designed with Sensifit and Ortholite (I had no idea either…) which both basically work around your foot to create a cushioning cradle. Same as with the TPU chassis grip, I have absolutely no idea how these things work but I am bloody glad that they do. Thank you to the super smart people employed at Salomon!

Technical Specifications

Turns out, “they are bloody light” isn’t good enough these days. Details, details, details! Well, lets look at what we have shall we…

Weight: 460 g – The phrase “what the ****” is usually uttered when reading about hiking boots weighing this little, this should be no exception. They are genuinely silly-light.

Upper: Gore-Tex material, Mid-cut profile for ankle support, Gusseted tongue, Dual designed eyelets for the laces.

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The Test…

Turns out I can’t test hiking boots whilst lying in my hammock in the sun. Trust me, I tried. I tackled this short stroll (10 miles) in my Glaciers earlier this year. By the time I got to the end of the walk in my old boots my feet were dead. Dead I tell you. Blisters. Sorrow. Tears. And then I walked the 10 miles back as well…

When I tackled the walk in the X Ultra Mid 2 GTX boots it was genuinely like walking in trainers. The ankle support in these boots is very impressive, not too high and not too short. I tend to walk with boots tied tightly as I like a sturdy step when I have my pack on so that I don’t chance going over and causing any damage to my pretty little legs. These boots had no worries in living up to that expectation and even more. The weather was flat out bloody shite, rain and the lot. I rocked my poncho (I looked HOT) to keep my top half dry and these bad boys actually stayed dry. I was very dubious that something so light could stay so dry but there you go! I have read that the older X Ultra Mid boots let in a bit of damp, it looks like that issue has been resolved from what I can tell. Winner!

The Verdict…

I have rattled on about two boots here whilst testing these – My La Sportiva Mountaineering Glaciers and the new X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Hiking boots. Apples and oranges it would seem on the surface, but let me explain my reasoning in my choice of comparison. The Glaciers are bomb proof and the X Ultra Mid 2 GTX’s are light and comfy. Should that matter though? Well, no. It all comes down to: Can they be used for the same thing? If the answer to that is yes, then they are comparable. Do I think that the Salomon’s will serve me well when attempting my next mountain? Absolutely yes. Do I have any doubts about the waterproof aspect of these boots? None, so again, all good. Are these boots comfy? Now, I don’t usually swear (PAH!!) – but holy f**king sh*t, these boots are possibly the most comfy things I have ever had on my feet. I will even go as far as to say that these are the most comfy shoes/boots/trainers that I have ever owned. You just don’t hear that about hiking boots or mountaineering boots at all and these are a bloody pleasant surprise.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]