A great lightweight boot with a sporty spec and excellent grip, the Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX is for those who want to travel fast and light on the trails.
- Excellent grip
- Speed lacing
- Lacing loosens while hiking
- Soles don't fully shed mud
- Lacks adequate ankle support for carrying heavy loads
The Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX is a hybrid hiking/running shoe, with a mid-height collar to offer some ankle support to fast packers and quick hikers.
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The shoe is built with a seamless, closed-mesh, debris-blocking upper with a Gore-Tex membrane inside. Protective minimalist rands provide extra cover right around the boot, and both inner and outer ankles have reinforced padding with a deep Achilles cutout in between that’s covered with soft and stretchy cloth to keep out dirt and leaves.
• RRP: $170 (US) / £165 (UK)
• Weight: 340g / 12oz
• Colors: Phantom, Black & Ebony / Lead, Stormy Weather & Charlock
• Compatibility: A mid-cut boot with sneaker-like comfort
On the trails
The high-rebound midsole looks massive, but it didn’t feel that way. On the trail, I felt agile and energetic in these Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX boots. I could feel what I was walking on and respond to the terrain, but I didn’t feel like my feet were getting banged up.
I found the Cross Hike had a solid grip in all conditions. Aggressive multidirectional y-shaped lugs in the grippy sole gave me traction that was as good while stair-stepping rocks up Vermont’s Camel’s Hump as it was slogging through mud on an Adirondack herd path.
In the heel, those lugs are strategically positioned for braking. On some descents where I’d normally use trekking poles, I didn’t need them while wearing these boots. But back at camp, it was sometimes hard to knock mud out from between the lugs.
Personally, I didn’t feel like these boots offered quite enough ankle support for me to carry a heavier overnight pack, but I do have weak ankles.
A slider tightens and loosens the laces, which made it easy to adjust these on the fly for more support when I needed it. I found the laces loosened up a bit as I hiked, but that was easy to address with a quick tug on the bungee, and then retucking them into the tongue storage pocket. And when I got to camp and wanted my feet free, the shoe came off in seconds with one hand.
Salomon footwear often runs narrow, but these boots didn’t. They felt like a good fit for my wide feet, as well as the narrow feet of another tester.
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