Salomon Odyssey: A giver on the trail
Hiking shoes from Salomon are known for their combination of comfort and toughness, and the Odyssey is no exception. But in case you are still wondering what other fascinating things it brings to the hiker’s table, read through the following:
- Your toes can catch a break from getting squished on descents thanks to the Odyssey’s extra spacious toe zone.
- Its rockered midsole delivers stability and easy transitions over level ground, even while carrying a loaded pack.
- The outsole of this Salomon offering comes with flat waffle-like lugs. Translation: They provide sufficient traction on roads as well.
- It has both a toe rand and a toe bumper, which give double the protection against knocks and bumps.
Salomon Odyssey vs. Odyssey Pro
In this head-to-head, the featured backpacking shoe sees a rival in yet another Salomon piece—the Odyssey Pro. The following are areas in which they differ.
Weight. The Odyssey—thanks to its burlier construction—is slightly heavier than the Odyssey Pro by approximately 30 g.
Use. The featured shoe is built for long and arduous backpacking trips in the backcountry. Its rival, on the other hand, is designed especially for day hikes.
Collar. In the Salomon Odyssey, deeper ankle pockets are what you are going to get.
Takeaway: On Use alone, you can easily decide which shoe to get—the Odyssey for backpacking; the Odyssey Pro for day hiking. That said, if you wish to tackle short hikes with more upper protection, and you are okay with a slightly heavier pair, the Odyssey should be your ‘it’ shoe.