Salomon Outbound Prism GTX vs. OUTbound GTX

Duking it out with the Outbound Prism GTX in this head-to-head is another Salomon piece—the OUTbound GTX. The things that set them apart are as follows:

Toe protection. Between the two urban hiking shoes, the OUTbound GTX has more upper protection, which comes in the form of a rubber rand on the forefoot. With it, you can be a bit less mindful of where you place your steps in the OUTbound GTX.

Eyelet count. The Outbound Prism GTX comes with five pairs of eyelets, as opposed to its rival’s four. The extra pair of eyelets that the featured shoe has equates to more lace-up and fit variety.

Access. The backrest of Outbound Prism GTX’s collar is noticeably raised. This design serves as the shoe’s pull tab, which makes getting into the shoe relatively easier.

Weight. While both hikers in this comparison are already quite light, the Outbound Prism GTX still beats the competition by a hair—about 10 grams lighter than the OUTbound GTX per pair.

Takeaway: If your light hikes turn for the rough occasionally, consider the OUTbound GTX. Otherwise, you might be better off with the streamlined Outbound Prism GTX and just keep to the well-maintained parts of the trail.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 10.4oz / Women 8.8oz
Base model: Salomon Outbound Prism
Use: Light Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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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.