Updates to Salomon Toundra Pro CSWP

  • The Salomon Toundra Pro CSWP is a hiking boot that enables outdoorsy individuals to traverse cold weather condition, thanks to its set of winter-centric technologies. Its polyurethane (PU)-coated leather upper is lined with a ClimaSalomon membrane and a layer of Aerotherm Aerogel. These two features give water protection and insulation, respectively.
  • Winter hikers are able to tackle uneven ground conditions with ample cushioning, thanks to its patented EnergyCell ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. Salomon updated this version’s outsole from its predecessor’s Ice Grip Contagrip to a Contagrip W variant. It is engineered to deliver traction on dry, slick, and slushy surfaces.

Size and fit

The Toundra Pro CSWP is a high-top winter hiking boot for men and women. It uses a traditional lacing system, which enables wearers to gain a personalized lockdown. Its collar and tongue are lined with faux fur and mesh fabric to supply users with a warm and cozy fit, especially in cold weather.

Outsole

This winter-specific hiking boot from Salomon sports a proprietary Contagrip W outsole. It is made of a special rubber compound that keeps adhesion in cold conditions. The component’s surface houses a pattern of aggressive lugs, which render grip on both wet and dry surfaces. Its forefoot and heel regions contain grooves for added control when going uphill or downhill. Moreover, a heel brake is integrated into the outsole’s design to help the user slow down when descending.

Midsole

The Salomon Toundra Pro CSWP features an EnergyCell midsole to keep hikers stable on uneven terrain. It is made of lightweight EVA foam, a material known for giving a cushy and shock-absorbent ride. It works with an EVA sockliner to deliver extra underfoot comfort and cushioning.

Upper

The Salomon Toundra Pro CSWP is equipped with an upper made of PU-coated leather. It contains a trademarked ClimaSalomon Waterproof bootie to prevent water intrusions. A layer of Aerotherm Aerogel is embedded into the upper to provide insulation for low temperatures. Its toe box is furnished with a protective toe cap for durability and protection from trail dangers. The boot’s rearfoot region has a molded counter to offer heel support and security.

The Toundra Pro CSWP’s lacing system comes with a series of loops and metal hooks. These components work together to help the wearer adjust the boot’s fit. Its collar and tongue are lined with faux fur to supply a warm and cozy in-shoe environment. Its gusseted tongue connects to the upper on both sides to hinder debris from entering. The collar houses a pull tab at the back to give users easy on and off.

Salomon Toundra Pro CSWP vs. Keen Durand Polar Waterproof

The Keen Durand Polar Waterproof and the Toundra Pro CSWP are both hiking boots made for winter excursions. They are fitted with technologies that give protection in this kind of environment. At the same time, their components work as one to deliver a performance suited for cold weather conditions. Shown below are certain qualities that set these two winter-ready products apart.

Insulation. Keen equipped with the Durand Polar Waterproof with their trademarked Keen.Warm. This winter hiking boot contains 400g of this technology to trap heat in low temperatures. Meanwhile, the Salomon Toundra Pro CSWP uses a layer of Aerotherm Aerogel to deliver heat retention.

Water Protection. The Keen Durand Polar Waterproof is able to prevent water intrusions, thanks to its Keen.Dry membrane. It is designed to prevent water particles from passing through while allowing excess moisture to escape, making it both waterproof and breathable. On the other hand, the Toundra Pro CSWP comes with a ClimaSalomon Waterproof bootie to deliver protection from wet trail conditions. 

Weight. The Salomon Toundra Pro CSWP is lighter than the Keen Durand Polar Waterproof. Salomon’s offering weighs 450g for the men’s version and 390g for the women’s variant. Keen’s winter-ready boot for male hikers weighs at 726g while the women’s version comes in at 564g.

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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.