Verdict from 38 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Weight: Numerous users are impressed with the Salomon Odyssey Mid GTX’s lightness.
  • Supportiveness: The boot in question has much in the way of ankle security, according to several reviewers.
  • Comfort level: About a handful of reviews speak of the footgear’s super-plush confines.
  • Moisture protection: Some say that its waterproofing is quite outstanding.
  • Forefoot fit: The Odyssey Mid GTX has a satisfyingly spacious toe box, based on a couple of reports.
  • Stickiness: Its heavy-duty outsole is mighty sticky, an experienced backpacker claims.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Drying time: According to a tester, this Salomon piece requires many hours to dry.

Bottom line

If you have been searching for a pair of backpacking boots that can make a difference in your treks, the Odyssey Mid GTX is a great choice. Not only does it elevate your game with excellent ankle security, but it also ups the ante with its lightweight build. And if extra room around the toes is what you are after, this right here seals the deal!

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Odyssey Mid GTX: The lightest of them all?

While hailing the Odyssey Mid GTX as the lightest trekking boot is debatable, by hiking boots standards, it is quite light at around 390 grams a shoe. To put things into perspective, it is heavier than the Odyssey—its non-waterproof, low-top counterpart—by only 50 grams. For more like the Odyssey Mid GTX in terms of lightness, check out our collection of lightweight hiking boots.

Salomon Odyssey Mid GTX vs. OUTline Mid GTX

In this head-to-head, we have the featured backpacking boot pitted against the OUTline Mid GTX—one of Salomon’s top-quality hiking boots. Find out their differences in the following:

Use. The Odyssey Mid GTX is primarily used for multi-day treks involving a loaded pack. The OUTline Mid GTX, on the other hand, is specifically built for day hikes on well-maintained to lightly rugged trails.

Price. In this round, the OUTline Mid GTX takes the crown by being approximately $30 cheaper than the Odyssey Mid GTX.

Weight. The Odyssey Mid GTX is lighter than its rival by roughly 30 g.

Takeaway: If you prefer wandering away from the beaten path and you like camping trips, opt for the Odyssey Mid GTX. Otherwise, go with the OUTline Mid GTX—especially if you are new to backcountry adventuring.

How Odyssey Mid GTX compares

This shoe: 71
All shoes average: 82
57 96
This shoe: $180
All shoes average: $206
$45 $495
This shoe: 13.8oz
All shoes average: 20.9oz
8.3oz 43oz
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.