Salomon Outline GTX
Salomon is one of the top companies on the market that produces hiking shoes. So, many people have nothing but positive things to say about the numerous different shoes that the brand releases and every new release are met with tons of buyers and tons of positive reviews.
The same goes for the Salomon Outline GTX. While these shoes are meant to be used while hiking, many people said that these feel just as comfortable and lightweight as a regular pair of running shoes. Lots of people who enjoy hiking have been on the hunt for a pair of hiking shoes that have the look and feel of any pair of running shoes. And, the comfort of the shoes is easily the number one thing that many people were pleased with. They said that the shoes were comfortable enough to be worn right out of the box; many buyers did not feel the need to have to break in the shoes before taking them out on the hiking trail.
And that’s another place where these shoes excel. Not only are the shoes comfortable and lightweight, but they are also made with a highly breathable material that is exceptional at keeping water out should you encounter any rain or unexpected puddles. The outsole of the shoe is made with rubber that grips the ground very well, so you could ideally run on any surface with these shoes.
The only two areas where some people expressed their disappointment with these shoes was that they felt the fit of the shoes was too narrow, and they felt that the shoes did not offer enough support.
Otherwise, these very attractive hiking shoes created by Salomon have many positive features to offer to any hiker.
- People were pleased overall with how comfortable these Salomon shoes were, saying they felt just like regular running shoes
- These shoes are great at keeping water out and keeping your feet dry
- There were many people who said that the material on the shoes made them very breathable
- The shoes were comfortable right out of the box, and users did not feel as though they needed to break the shoes in for long
- The shoes have great traction on many types of terrain
- Some people said that the shoes were a bit narrow
- Others claimed that the shoes do not work the best when running or walking on rocky terrain
One of the areas where many people praised these shoes was the outsole. It is made with a Contagrip material, which will allow you to get as much traction as possible on the trail, and it gives you the opportunity to run on virtually any terrain you’d like. There are lugs on the outsole which help to keep you steady whether you’re running on wet or dry terrain, and the grooves on the shoe will allow you to run safely uphill and downhill as you’d like. Your toes will also be protected while wearing these shoes because the outsole material goes all the way up to the toe area to help protect your toes from anything you might encounter on the trail. Lots of people said that these shoes are worth purchasing due to the exceptional performance of the outsole.
Like many shoes meant for running and hiking, the midsole is made out of EVA foam, which helps the midsole to retain its shape but provide as much responsiveness as possible. As you strike your foot against the ground before taking a step or running, the midsole will absorb this shock and send the energy back into your leg, allowing for a bouncy and faster ride.
The shoe also has a sock liner in the midsole which helps to keep your feet comfortable and provide some level of support to the arches of your feet. However, this sock liner is also removable, so if there are other versions you prefer or ones your orthopedist recommends, you could easily switch this one out for one of those.
And finally, the midsole of the shoe helps to absorb as much moisture as possible, which will help to keep your feet dry as you are out on the trail.
The material that the upper is made out of also dries very quickly should you encounter any water while you are on the trail. Besides that, these shoes are lauded for their waterproof abilities. Without taking away any of the breathability that these shoes offer, the upper works hard to keep water out of the shoes thanks to the Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort system.
There is also a toe cap on the upper which not only provides your toes with enough protection but also helps the shoes to maintain their durability.
Also, the lacing system in the shoes is meant to keep your feet sturdy and stable while you’re wearing them. The tongue of the shoe works to keep any debris from getting into the shoe, while the collar of the shoe will help to provide you with some extra comfort while on the trail.
The men’s version of the shoe weighs 350 grams, and the women’s version of the shoe weighs 300 grams. This makes the shoe a lot lighter than many of its counterparts.
The shoes are waterproof, however, and people have tried out the shoes in streams and puddles. The mesh material on the upper was able to dry very quickly, which is a unique feature of these shoes and a perfect way to make these shoes even more versatile for a wider number of people. However, if you prefer to have shoes that are not waterproof, or can’t imagine using them in such conditions, the Salomon brand also created a version of these shoes that are not waterproof.
The shoes are available in all different sizes, and it will be good for those whose feet are of standard width. Some people complained that these shoes were too narrow, so we assume that, if you have wider feet, you might want to test these shoes in-store before purchasing them to see if that’s the case for you. Otherwise, many generally agree that these shoes are true to size.
The Outline GTX hiking shoes are available for men in black, teal with coral accents, navy blue with sky blue accents, light green, and gray with beige accents. For women, the shoes are also available in black, as well as blue with purple accents, teal with turquoise accents, navy with light blue accents, and gray with light blue accents. So, you are bound to find a pair of shoes that you like and that suits your style.
However, one user did mention that the toe cap started to peel off the shoe after several uses, while the rest of the shoes remained completely fine. While this is not ideal, it also does not mean that these aren’t durable shoes.
-The shoes are waterproof, and will even dry quickly after being submerged in streams or any other water
-You can wear these shoes in virtually any environment
-These shoes are very comfortable and don’t even need to be broken in