Salomon Men’s Pathfinder Hiking Shoe
The design is basic and does not include a quick lace system, Gore-Tex waterproofing, no outsole upgrades, or premium mid-sole. The makers point out the traction grip is good for all types of trails. Usable in wet weather but not at a level of Water Proofing found in other Salomon shoes and boots.
The Salomon Pathfinder is a low-cut shoe for those setting out as beginners or part-timers to enjoy hiking in warm seasonal weather. Also good for everyday casual use.
Comfortable - Cushioning
Limited water proofing
Be selective for FIT
Some users point out that the tongue slips down
Sole- Rubber All-terrain grip
Regular lace-up system
PU coated, leather, and textile upper
Style: Low Cut
Weight: 13.4 Ounces
The shoe has a thick rubber sole with moderate comfortable cushioning. User feedback is good and points out that the cushioning works well when putting in the miles.
The uppers offer the type of support you would expect from a low-cut shoe; standard trail walks, even with a medium-weight pack, are fine.
The tongue is cushioned, but user feedback suggests it can at times slip down, causing discomfort. A potential upgrade can counter this by adding a loop so that the lacing system can secure the tongue.
The aim is that this shoe will give good traction on different types of trail surfaces. The Contagrip sole has a robust lug patterning with medium lugs, which give a good bite into soft surfaces. The thick rubber sole has good traction capability on standard wet and dry trail surfaces.
The toe area has a rubber toe shield to protect against sharp stones, and the ContrGrip sole is thick enough to provide underfoot protection.
Protection for the uppers is basic, the textile lining and mesh uppers can protect against sharp objects, but repeated scuffing and knocks will impact durability.
The uppers have been a basic level of waterproofing, but the design does not include wading through water or keeping out continued heavy rain. The water protection is there, but it has design limitations.
Support and FIT
The low-cut design includes panel features for the uppers, and the design works for embracing the foot for FIT and support at a level expected from this basic shoe design.
When first wearing this shoe, you may feel the tongue feels large because it has good padding. User feedback points out that the feeling settles as you use the shoe. The below ankle cuffs have padding to help provide support and enhances FIT.
More user feedback suggests the shoe runs narrow; for example, if you are a size 11, you should consider ordering a size 11.5.
Being 100% synthetics and textile/mesh, it is accurate to point out that durability is good when the shoe is used in the design context. Standard trails with wet or dry surfaces are fine. For technical hiking in hard-wearing environments where a shoe will be tested, durability can be challenged.
This is a basic shoe with flexibility for use. Yes, it can be used in wet conditions, but most feedback is you can expect wet feet. The traction is good for dry seasonal weather on standard local trail surfaces, with moderate effective stability, support, and comfort.
With a moderate weighing pack on a non-technical trail putting in around ten miles without issues is fine. The shoe gives good underfoot and toe protection, and it is comfortable.
Comparatively, you can pay more and get a broader purpose of use and features.
The Salomon Men's Outline GTX Hiking takes hiking shoes up to higher features and performance levels by staying with Salomon and mid-level pricing. You will get excellent waterproofing due to the design in the Gore-Tex lining, an outsole, and a lug system that is impressively grippy on all types of surfaces, both wet and dry.
The shoe is very light, with a level of flexibility that allows for both running and hiking. Some users point out that these shoes are good for tough, challenging terrain, but if pushed beyond the purpose of design, they can hit durability issues.
You get so much more with a higher price tag, and the Salomon Men's X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots is a fine shoe/boot. 100% Synthetic build, a tough, thick rubber sole, a mid-hiking boot cut, and good durability.
Excellent protection against water due to a Gore-Tex liner and a protective mudguard around the base of the foot.
This is a very popular comparative option that is good for multi-day hiking trips while carrying a backpack. These mid-level ankle shoes are packed with design features to ensure lots of comfort, protection, support, durability good for use in all types of terrains, whatever the weather happens to be.
For experienced hikers, this shoe has a role to play and work comfortably with a moderately sized pack.
The design is basic, and the use of basic is not in a negative context. Many people prefer a shoe that works for local trails in moderate seasonal weather and can also be used for work or daily casual use.
The price tag is very affordable, and the shoe can perform well on non-technical trails; it is a good investment and addition to your hiking gear.