The Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 Aero is a lightweight mid-cut breathable hiker for men & women. These are made without the waterproof/breathable membrane typical of most hiking boots and offer good support for those who prefer more ankle support over trail runners or hiking shoes. Traction is great thanks to two types of rubber and an aggressive lug pattern. I’ve been wearing various versions of these Salomon X Ultra Mids for many years and will keep buying them as long as they are made.
Specs at a Glance
- Waterproof: No (thankfully)
- Footwear Height: Over-the-ankle
- Closure: Lace-up
- Upper: Mesh/Leather
- Lining: textile
- Midsole: Injected EVA
- Sole: Contagrip rubber
The Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 Aeros work well with folks who need a wide toe box but a narrower heel. They don’t require any break-in and are ready to go right out of the box. The soft textile lining wicks moisture away from your feet and the breathable mesh dries quickly if you get the boots wet.
The tongue is gusseted which helps keep sticks, rocks, etc. out of your boots, while the boots have traditional laces routed through wide webbing eyelets, that spread out the lacings and reduces pressure points. The toe cap is a substantial piece of rubber, offering excellent protection and durability. The construction of the side leather pattern also aids in support and stability.
The injection-molded EVA midsoles have good underfoot cushioning for rocky trails. The lug pattern is deep and aggressive and two types of rubber help grip terrain. They have enough flexibility to avoid heel slippage and are much more flexible than heavier duty “backpacking boots”.
There is a layer of foam inside the boots in addition to the removable insoles. The insoles that come with these boots are pretty supportive and I’ve used them a few times with no problems. However, I typically use custom foam footbeds in all my footwear so I also put those in my boots.
Comparable Non-Waterproof Hiking Mids
|Make / Model||Mens||Womens||Price|
|Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 Aero||Yes||Yes||$130|
|Oboz Bridger Mid Vent||Yes||Yes||$150|
|Oboz Sawtooth II Mid||Yes||Yes||$135|
|Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid||Yes||Yes||$110|
|Merrell AltaLight Knit Mid||Yes||Yes||$190|
Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 Aero’s are a great non-waterproof and breathable option for folks who have given up on the “waterproof/breathable” shoe and boot farce and want a mid-hiker that dries quickly and keeps your feet cool. With these mids, I no longer remove my boots to air out my feet at lunch or wait to put them on at the trailhead to avoid sweating in the car.
They are obviously not quite as light as a trail runner, but at 1 lb 9 oz for the pair they are 4 oz lighter than the waterproof version. The only question left for me is how many pairs I should stockpile before Salomon changes them to something I like less.
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