By: Blonde One

What else is there to do on a typical autumnal Devon day but to get outside and try out my new hiking shoes, the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX. I received them free from Salomon in exchange for this review, but I was more than happy to try them as I have previously found Salomon to be a good fit for me. These shoes really were the perfect thing for this day. I didn’t want boots as I wasn’t going for a full day out on the hill. I didn’t plan my route to take in anything rough so a shoe would be fine.


I ordered a half a size bigger than normal as I’ve found in the past that Salomon can be a bit tight (or it could be that my feet are growing) (incidentally this is a thing that happens with age!). I was right as these were a perfect fit. I liked them especially as they felt sturdy enough to be a boot, and they had a good strong and grippy sole. The only difference I think is the lack of ankle support.

When they were in the box I thought they looked a bit ‘boyish’ despite the flash of colour. When they were on I changed my mind; they felt good and looked good too. If you are concerned about colour the Ultra 3 GTX comes in some more girlie ones too.

I would definitely recommend them.


From time to time we Blondes are sent free outdoor products to field test and promote on social media. We will always be honest about our findings and any products we don’t keep for ourselves find their way into our expedition stores. Great for us, great for you and great for our youngsters!