Verdict from 1 expert and 53 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Grippy: An expert calls the Salomon Outbound Prism’s outsole “nice and sticky.”
  • Anti-stuffiness: Its high breathability is a blessing to a professional reviewer. One user also hails this quality as a “big deal in Arizona.”
  • Featherweight: With a pair weight of no more than 500 grams, the Outbound Prism is a strong entry in our collection of lightweight must-haves.
  • Supportive: This hiker, despite its lightness, is sturdy enough underfoot—especially around the arch.
  • Spacious toe box: Enough wiggle room at the forefoot awaits those who would hike in this offering from Salomon.
  • Affordable: If you are a hunter of budget-friendly kicks, this shoe is for you.

1 reason not to buy

  • Stain magnet: To a rising vlogger, the Outbound Prism in Lunar Rock colorway is like a blank canvas to dirt and the like.

Bottom line

If spontaneous explorations define your outdoor life, then the Outbound Prism has got to be on your radar. One of Salomon’s highly adaptable shoes, this hiker leaves no room for restrained steps, be it on trails, sidewalks, or fancy floors. It is a stellar piece, especially if you are one such adventurer that toughs it out wherever you wind up.

Tip: see the best hiking shoes.

Outbound Prism: Is it for you?

Moderately rugged underfoot but “ready to hit the pub up top” makes the Salomon Outbound Prism hardly a tough sell. Yes, it is a versatile piece, but if you are still somewhere in the middle—ready to opt in or out with just a slight nudge—then consider the following.

This hiking shoe is for you if:

  • The trails you take on are regularly maintained (where sharp rocks have barely any presence).
  • Outside moisture is not a factor.
  • Your feet sweat easily and are prone to getting smelly.
  • You are not a fan of bunching or too much pressure around the instep.
  • Easy on and off matter to you.

But maybe not if:

  • You need something quite resistant to cuts and abrasions.
  • The tracks you often navigate lead to steep slopes, particularly damp and muddy ones.
  • A more supportive heel zone sits high on your hiking needs list.

Additional info

Rankings

How Salomon Outbound Prism ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 17% hiking shoes
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Top 11% Salomon hiking shoes
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Top 29% light hiking hiking shoes
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Popularity

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.