Who should buy the Salomon Odyssey GTX

The Salomon Odyssey GTX is a waterproof, comfortable and supportive backpacking shoe best suited for:

  • ultralight backpackers who love a light and cushy hiking shoe for their next adventure
  • long distances and multi-day hikes on challenging terrains

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Lightweight and flexible

With the steady rise in popularity of backpacking boots and shoes, having options is a good thing. Since you are in this space, however, you are likely almost convinced to get this shoe.

Salomon Odyssey GTX Lightweight and flexible

First off, It beats many hiking shoes in terms of lightness. It has above-average flexibility around the forefoot, affording wearers freer mobility during push-offs.

Odyssey GTX keeps your feet dry

With its Gore-Tex membrane, the Odyssey GTX’s interior can stay dry in light rain and through very shallow (no more than three inches deep) bodies of water.

Salomon Odyssey GTX Odyssey GTX keeps your feet dry

To the right crowd, its low-top construction means more ankle mobility.

Too expensive price tag

The Odyssey GTX’s thin overlays might not be enough to guard the shoe against more abrasive terrain hazards.

Salomon Odyssey GTX Too expensive price tag

Without a discount, this trekking shoe might be too expensive for some. (Check out our collection of highly affordable hikers if you are into such!)

Requires less break-in time

When it comes to its comfort level, according to many users, the Salomon Odyssey GTX, is downright comfortable, with a little more room in the toe area so backpackers don't compress their feet and avoid pain.

Salomon Odyssey GTX Requires less break-in time

It requires less break-in time as compared to other backpacking shoes out there. An experienced trekker claims that this shoe conforms to the foot almost instantly.

Unremarkable outsole on damp loam soil

The contagrip rubber outsole provides durability and sufficient grip on roads and trails. A rockered profile allows the wearers easy strides over technical terrain, adding traction needed for moving fast.

Salomon Odyssey GTX Unremarkable outsole on damp loam soil

However, one backpacker finds the Odyssey GTX’s outsole unremarkable on damp loam soil. 

Fences out moisture quite admirably 

Utilized in the shoe is a Gore-Tex technology that gives rugged waterproofing and enough breathability. A small number of patrons say that this Salomon piece fences out moisture quite admirably.

Salomon Odyssey GTX Fences out moisture quite admirably 

The Odyssey GTX runs true to size, some trekkers claim. Based on several reports, this backpacking shoe is super light in weight.

Salomon Odyssey GTX delivers comfort over long miles  

Underfoot, the Odyssey comes with a cushioned midsole that delivers added comfort over long miles. It provides high enough support underfoot, say a few wearers.

Salomon Odyssey GTX delivers comfort over long miles  

Opt for the Salomon Odyssey instead if you trek and hike around mostly dry environments. If you need extra ankle security, check out the Odyssey Mid GTX.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.9oz / Women 11.4oz
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.