Salomon kids Outward CLIMASALOMON boots
Young hikers' structural protection and performance are designed via the tough rubber sole, soft yet supportive uppers, a foam footbed, and an EVA sock liner. A user-friendly one-pull Quicklace system makes the boot easy to put on, and the protective toe cap prevents injury.
Add in a tried and tested good amount of traction, and these might be worthwhile for your children to try out.
The Salomon kids Outward CLIMASALOMON Waterproof boot is an outward bound UniSex ankle boot for kids who take on moderate and even challenging hiking. These are designed for use in cooler and wet seasons.
This brand has created an extensive line of good adult footwear. Take a look to see if the quality has been transferred over to their children's product line?
Overall foot protection
Good for the cooler wet seasons
Breathability will be challenged if used in hot weather
Gives a balanced level of resistance with a mix of enough flex.
The Lug patterned Contragrip MD rubber-outsole gives young feet good versatile traction on soft, wet, muddy, and stone surfaces.
The uppers are a combination of suede and textile, which offer good support and protection. With a waterproof lining to keep up a good defense from wet weather, the level of breathability is clearly for hiking in cooler seasons.
The materials used in the uppers are all known to give waterproofing, but the draw-back means breathability is less functional in hot weather. All well-waterproofed hiking shoes and boots tend to give less breathability in warm weather. For summer weather hiking, you should look for footwear designed for the summer months.
The rubber outsole has lug patterning and gives a good level of traction on various outdoor wet and dry surfaces.
The FIT is generous for medium to slightly broad feet. It's a good idea to use the Salomon sizing chart on their website.
The collar area is soft and designed to maximize support for the ankles to give a comfortable, supportive FIT.
Spongy foam underfoot offers a comfortable foot-base, and the lining is soft; while the ankle cover gives needed support, it does not have any pressure points. Very easy to slip on, and the One-Pull quick lace-up system is user-friendly for children.
The footwear is ready for use from day one, and user feedback ensures that the overall fit is good.
Protection and performance
The rubber toe cap is sturdy and will give protection. The combination of materials used for the uppers has protective qualities against sharp stones or bits of wood and might even stop a large bush thorn. The rubber out-soles are good for underfoot protection from sharp objects.
For protection against wet weather, these are up to the job. In wet weather, the feet will stay dry. This does not mean they are ideal for wading through deep water. The protection design allows for rain and periodic wading through shallow surface water.
The ankle cuffs feel soft, but when laced up, the support offers protection from ankle injuries. The overall design offers good protection for young feet, with ample positive feedback from parents.
Children wear out shoes and boots faster than adults. The materials used for making this ankle boot are all durable enough. User research is generally positive that durability is good.
Salomon has worked to ensure that these children's ankle boots mirror the design and quality of their adult products.
At times they have gone a step further by designing a supportive ankle cuff with zero pressure points. A child-friendly lace-up system is a nice feature. The level of protection for the under-foot, the foot, and the ankle is exactly what parents want to see.
Arch support is moderate, and so if parents know a child has arch problems/issues, they should seek advice. This is a should do for all footwear.
Warm, dry, comfortable feet during the cooler wet seasons for young feet is vital, and these ankle boots are on target for young children to use for hiking.
The purchase price sits slightly above the mid-range.
User feedback is very consistent in showing a lot of satisfied customers.
Your child won't get the same level of ankle support. Water protection is built in but not as good as Salomon. The hedgehog Hiker looks closer to being a hiking shoe and is light at 10 ounces.
A snapshot of features shows a Dynalyte midsole, a sealed waterproof design, protective toe-cap, rubber sole, and according to user feedback, runs half a size smaller.
This boot/shoe does have comparative options and would work well for standard terrains and wet weather hiking for children.
The design is user-friendly for a child, easy to put on, and lace-up. In wet weather, protection is good; Users feedback shows parents choose these for school and out and about during wet weather.
Socially, the design hits the button for fashion-minded children while being a good hiking boot or used for casual wear.
The durability, style, design, comfort, and protection are at a level which children need. There are a lot of pro's and the only con is breathability in hot weather.
Our verdict is these are worth trying out.