Salomon winter hiking boots: Guides and reviews

by Thomas Sorheim | Last Updated: November 15, 2020

The weather has turned cold and the mountains white, but you still want to go hiking? 

I hear you!

I have put together this guide on Salomon winter hiking boots that you should consider for this winter hiking season. 

Personally, I have been a long time Salomon hiking boots user, and when it is time to get me some new boots, Salomon’s are always on my candidates’ list. 

A winter hiker standing on mountain top looking out over winter covered valley

The Salomon winter hiking boots range for men

  1. Salomon Men's X Ultra Winter
  2. Salomon Men's X Ultra Winter

    100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 7" from arch.

    Thinsulate insulation provides enough insulation for snowy, cold conditions. A full grain leather upper helps keep the elements out while providing great fit and comfort. 

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  3. Salomon Men's X Ultra Mid Winter
  4. Salomon Men's X Ultra Mid Winter

    100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 6" from arch.

    The molded heel pad offers snowshoe protection, and a gaiter hook is convenient for the deeper snow missions. Thinsulate insulation provides enough insulation for snowy, cold conditions. 


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  5. Salomon Men's Toundra Pro
  6. Salomon Men's Toundra Pro

    100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 8" from arch.

    NASA technology for temperatures that are out of this world, Aerogels, makes the Toundra Salomon's warmest boot. Warm to -40°. Full ClimaSalomon waterproof bootie guarantees that moisture will not penetrate the boot.  

    Check price on Amazon

The Salomon winter hiking boots range for men

  1. Salomon Women's X Ultra Mid Winter
  2. Salomon Women's X Ultra Mid Winter

    100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 5" from arch.

    The molded heel pad offers snowshoe protection, and a gaiter hook is convenient for the deeper snow missions. 

    Check price on Amazon
  3. Salomon Women's Ellipse Freeze
  4. Salomon Women's Ellipse Freeze

    Leather and Textile. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 5" from arch.

    Winter Contagrip ensures confident traction on snowy and icy surfaces. Be ready for any winter condition with a combination of suede and PU coated leather, and luxurious felt. 

    Check price on Amazon
  5. Salomon Women's Toundra Pro
  6. Salomon Women's Toundra Pro

    100% Synthetic. Rubber sole.

    Salomon's warmest boot. Warm to -40 Degree. Full waterproof bootie. Winter Contagrip for better traction on ice and snow.

    Check price on Amazon

Why do you need winter hiking boots?

Winter hiking brings a whole set of new requirements in order for you to be both safe, and to have great experiences outdoors. 

Wet and cold feet will quickly turn a pleasant time on the mountain into a nightmare with possible long term medical implications. 

It is essential to keep your feet warm and dry, as prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, especially when wet, can lead to various medical complications such as frostbite.

Layering is a term you hear repeated over and over again in regards to hiking. Layering is a  non-negotiable when we are speaking about hiking during the winter season. 

And having boots suitable for the winter is no exception. 

If you are hiking with someone who insists that trail shoes are “just fine” for winter hiking, I would recommend you find yourself a new hiking friend. 

He/she will endanger you both and safety is paramount on the mountain – winter, as summer! 

We have written a longer guide on winter hiking and safety in the cold in a separate article that you can find here.

Man hiking in the winter towards tall mountains

How to select winter hiking boots

Your feet must be dry and warm when hiking in the winter. This means your boots need to be waterproof and insulated. 

They should be mid-, or high, and have laces. 

Boots made of synthetic material is lighter and more waterproof than the leather equivalent. 

It is also an advantage if the boots are compatible with various traction aids like snowshoes or microspikes. 

Personally, I prefer high boots for winter, to avoid the snow from entering the top of my boots. 

And I am almost always using gaiters when hiking during the winter. 

In addition, they are in my backpack in the summer if I am hiking peaks where there are patches of snow, or snow covered peaks. 

I learned my lesson the hard way when I was hiking Galdhøpiggen in Norway (Hiking Galdhøpiggen, the tallest mountain in Norway) for the first time. 

My friend had gaiters and I did not. 

My Salomon boots were mid-high, but not high enough for snow to enter the top of my boots. 

A mistake on my behalf! 

However, it was a warm summer’s day, and I had an extra set of woolen socks in my backpack. 

As soon as I got off the mountain, I went to Amazon and ordered these gaiters for myself.

What is great with Salomon winter hiking boots?

I personally use Salomon hiking boots and in fact, I have never had any issues with mine! 

It does not mean that others are not great, and Julija and Sigita from the Leisure Hiking team use other brands. 

Francois Salomon, the guy behind the brand, is from the French Alps the birthplace of modern alpinism. Here, amongst some of the most majestic peaks in the World, his innovation in great outdoor equipment is being perfected. 

Through performance-driven design, Salomon has brought innovative solutions to footwear, apparel, and equipment for hiking and outdoor leisure for over 60 years. 

Salomon hiking boots are known for quality and reliability. They offer great build quality and the rugged soles offer an amazing grip.

Salomon offers a wide assortment of hiking boots for all kinds of conditions and seasons, including some very solid winter hiking boots for both men and women.  

Salomon is a safe choice for hikers looking for sturdiness and quality and for hiking boots that perform continuously and reliably.

Scroll down to see our reviews of the ones we love the most. 

Extra equipment I would recommend for winter hiking

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Here is a quick list of recommended (day) winter hiking accessories:

This is NOT a complete list and you should always make sure you have equipment for emergencies. 

What you should and must bring along with you will vary greatly based on where you go hiking, how far, and more. But never underestimate the mountain and have respect for the weather and the elements. 

The weather changes fast on the mountain, so it is wise to be prepared!

For a full guide on winter hiking and safety, recommended equipment including checklists, visit our winter hiking guide.

NB!
The Hiker Responsibility Code in New Hampshire is a great resource for any hiker and at any level! Give it a read, it may save your life one day! 

Salomon winter hiking boots reviews (women’s and men’s)

Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid

The Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid Winter CS WP is a mid-high hiking boot for great winter explorations. 

The boots are warm, durable, and waterproof, as expected from a winter hiking boot. 

The X Ultra Mid is built with the fit and comfort of a trail running shoe, but with the needed winter features. 

The boots come with 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation to keep feet warm and comfortable during cool and cold hiking conditions.  

These winter hiking boots have Salomon’s proprietary waterproofing membrane called ClimaSalomon, which helps with complete weather protection. 

Salomons Contagrip technology uses a unique compound that maintains grip and adhesion in freezing temperatures. 

I really like the smart winter features these boots offer. The snowshoe protection on the molded heel pad is smart, and a gaiter hook to keep the gaiters easy in place is really a neat feature. As someone who uses gaiters when hiking in the winter, I really like this easy, yet very convenient feature. 

A polyurethane (PU) coated leather protects the boots and makes them stronger to last longer. A durable pair of boots!  

Although a term mostly associated with cars, these boots come with an Advanced Chassis. 

Placed between the outsole and midsole, this lightweight chassis helps optimize motion control and protection of your feet for an efficient and stable hike. 

These boots come in both male and female options, all with the same features and build. However, there seem to be some perceived differences between men and women. 

These hiking boots weigh in at 530 grams. 

Salomon Men's X Ultra Mid Winter

100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 6" from arch.

The molded heel pad offers snowshoe protection, and a gaiter hook is convenient for the deeper snow missions. Thinsulate insulation provides enough insulation for snowy, cold conditions. 


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Salomon Woman’s X Ultra Mid Winter

The Salomon Women’s X Ultra Mid Winter CS WP is durable, warm, and waterproof winter hiking boots that will satisfy the most avid hikers.

The X Ultra Mid is built with the fit and comfort of a trail running shoe, but with the needed winter features. Among these the 200 grams Thinsulate insulation, which is recommended for keeping your feet warm and comfortable during cool and cold hiking conditions.  

These winter hiking boots have Salomon’s proprietary waterproofing membrane called ClimaSalomon, which helps with complete weather protection. 

These boots use Salomons Contagrip technology, which uses a unique compound that maintains grip and adhesion in freezing temperatures. 

These boots have a set of smart winter hiking features, such as snowshoe protection on the heel pad, and a gaiter hook to keep the gaiters easy in place when hiking in deeper snow. 

These hiking boots weigh in at 450 grams. 

Our Pick For Women
Salomon Women's X Ultra Mid Winter

100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 5" from arch.

The molded heel pad offers snowshoe protection, and a gaiter hook is convenient for the deeper snow missions. 

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Salomon Men’s X Ultra Winter

The Salomon Men’s X Ultra Winter CS WP 2 is a high hiking boot for the enthusiastic winter hiker! 

This is the high version of the X Ultra Mid described above (which comes for both men and women). 

These boots are the version you want if you are treading lots of deep snow. 

These winter hiking boots are a favorite amongst the winter hiking crew due to its insulation, waterproofing, and a high degree of comfort. 

Excellent arch support makes these shoes “fit like a glove”. This is thanks to the Sensifit technology that cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system. 

For this size hiking boots, they feel rather lightweight, yet durable. The X Ultra are great boots for high activity level and they will keep your feet and toes warm and comfy the whole time outdoors. 

The boots have the same 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation as the Mid versions, as well as the snowshoe protection on the heel and the gaiter hook for your gaiters. 

These boots only come in men’s model. 

These hiking boots weigh in at 570 grams. 

Our Pick For Men
Salomon Men's X Ultra Winter

100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 7" from arch.

Thinsulate insulation provides enough insulation for snowy, cold conditions. A full grain leather upper helps keep the elements out while providing great fit and comfort. 

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Salomon Women’s Ellipse

The Ellipse Freeze is an affordable winter hiking boot from Salomon. It comes in two colors, a dark grey/black, and a light grey with pink/purple tones in the laces.  

These boots come in a mix of suede and PU (polyurethane) coated leather and luxurious felt. 

Salomon’s signature Contagrip soles provide grip and traction on snowy and icy surfaces. 

The really big benefit of these shoes is the fact that they are women’s specific fit and unique structure, with Salomon’s special grip and durability. 

A winter hiking boot that will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable during winter hikes, as well as during the winter months. 

Salomon Women's Ellipse Freeze

Leather and Textile. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 5" from arch.

Winter Contagrip ensures confident traction on snowy and icy surfaces. Be ready for any winter condition with a combination of suede and PU coated leather, and luxurious felt. 

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Salomons Men’s Toundra Pro

These are is Salomon’s warmest boots, designed for up to -40 degrees farenheit/celsius. 

With its unique NASA technology, the AeroTherm Aerogel, these boots can withstand extremely cold temperatures and still keep your toes warm. 

These boots are very versatile and can be used from hiking to work boots or hunting. 

Salomon’s ClimaSalomon waterproofing technology will make sure your feet stay dry and warm and make moisture penetration a thing of the past. 

With the grip technology Contagrip, these winter boots will provide outstanding traction and grip on ice and snow. 

These hiking boots weigh in at 450 grams. 

Salomon Men's Toundra Pro

100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 8" from arch.

NASA technology for temperatures that are out of this world, Aerogels, makes the Toundra Salomon's warmest boot. Warm to -40°. Full ClimaSalomon waterproof bootie guarantees that moisture will not penetrate the boot.  

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Salomons Women’s Toundra Pro

These are the woman’s edition of Salomon’s warmest boots. 

Designed with NASA insulation technology, the AeroTherm Aerogel. These boots will keep your feet warm in -40 degrees Fahrenheit/Celcius. 

These boots are, due to its extreme insulation, popular not only for hiking, but for anyone working outside during the winter, hunting, snowshoeing, and more. 

The faux fur lining gives a warm cozy insulated lining. 

These hiking boots come with a special water repellant to provide extra protection, to make sure the fabric does not absorb moisture and water during light rain and showers. 

The Contagrip technology will give you an amazing grip on ice and snow. 

And if you ever wondered what the CSWP in the name stands for, it is ClimaSalomon WaterProof. 

These hiking boots weigh in at only 390 grams. 

Salomon Women's Toundra Pro

100% Synthetic. Rubber sole.

Salomon's warmest boot. Warm to -40 Degree. Full waterproof bootie. Winter Contagrip for better traction on ice and snow.

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Our choice

If you want to go winter hiking in the mountains, three-season boots simply do not cut it for anything else than leisurely hike on a trail or the nearest forest. 

Salomon’s range of winter hiking boots are very limited. However, the ones they do have, are really high quality.

I am personally a big fan of Salomon hiking boots, and my next winter hiking boots will actually be the recommended men’s hiking boots in this guide. 

I was originally planning to get the Salomon Toundra Pro boots, but due to the weakness reported by several owners of these boots, I have changed my mind!

The recommended Salomon winter hiking boots from us at LeisureHiking.com is the Salomon Men’s X Ultra Winter CS WP for the men, and the Salomon Women’s X Ultra Mid Winter CS WP for the women. 

It is worth noting that the Toundra does have a lot of happy users, and there are many very positive reviews of these boots on many sites and forums. 

Another thing we need to mention is that Salomon hiking boots does come with a 2 year warranty, so if you should be so unlucky to get a pair of Toundra Pro’s which are faulty, you will have them replaced. 

I am personally rather impatient and really hate dealing with returns, and I do not go hiking in extreme colds. So my next winter hiking boots will be the Salomon Men’s X Ultra Winter.

Our Pick For Men
Salomon Men's X Ultra Winter

100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 7" from arch.

Thinsulate insulation provides enough insulation for snowy, cold conditions. A full grain leather upper helps keep the elements out while providing great fit and comfort. 

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Our Pick For Women
Salomon Women's X Ultra Mid Winter

100% Synthetic. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately 5" from arch.

The molded heel pad offers snowshoe protection, and a gaiter hook is convenient for the deeper snow missions. 

We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you.