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-The OUTbound is a high-quality Salomon shoe that blurs the divide between urban casual footwear and hiking kicks. Its lightweight yet sturdy construction offers a blend of enhanced mobility and hazard protection on the trail.

-This lightweight hiking shoe is engineered with two Salomon-owned technologies—EnergyCell and Contagrip MD. The former is the OUTbound’s highly shock-absorbing midsole, while the latter is the footgear’s sticky outsole. These two underfoot components form the hiker’s heavy-duty sole unit, which comes with a rockered front zone for added walking comfort.

Salomon OUTbound size and fit

Salomon’s OUTbound is a low-cut trail-centric shoe for men and women. It comes with a fairly straightforward closure for lockdown customization. The flat construction of its lace promises a bunch-free fit, especially around the instep area.

Slip and skid resistance is a provision sourced from the Salomon OUTbound’s Contagrip MD outsole. Virtually every inch of it is built with low-profile lugs, which deliver enough friction and anchoring power on both hard- and soft-soiled terrain. Its front tip clips to the upper, giving the shoe additional protection against knocks as a result.

The OUTbound is equipped with EnergyCell—Salomon’s very own midsole technology—for footing stability and comfort underfoot. It is made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate, a resilient material commonly known for its ability to keep its shape after being subjected to great stress and pressure. Its heel zone is made for mitigating shock, thanks to its considerably brawny construction.

To help the OUTbound’s midsole in its cushioning game, Salomon shoemakers topped it with a removable footbed from Ortholite. It is a breathable insert, keeping the foot as cool as possible with every stride.

Heavy-duty textile and debris-blocking mesh make up the majority of the Salomon OUTbound’s below-the-ankle upper. It has a liner made of soft fabric for a 360-degree comfy feel. Synthetic reinforcements or overlays cover some of its high-wear areas to improve its overall longevity. Its front end also has a toe cap for extra bump protection.

The OUTbound’s fit management system consists of a flat synthetic lace and four pairs of non-plated eyelets. The lace may be set through the hiker’s lace keeper to prevent the tongue from moving out of place.

This hike-centric Salomon shoe has a rival in the X Ultra 3. The aspects that set them apart are as follows:

Pricing. The OUTbound is cheaper than the Salomon X Ultra 3 by approximately $40.

Weight. On this front, the featured hiking shoe bags the crown yet again for being lighter than its rival by roughly 70 grams.

Upper protection. The X Ultra 3 wins this round. Indeed, it has more randed areas and overlays than the Salomon OUTbound.

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.