Who should buy the Salomon Effect GTX

The Salomon Effect GTX’s characteristics make it a compelling option to those who prioritize mobility and lightness on the trail. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that delivers comfort, protection, and performance for those who want to go light on their adventures.
  • Prefer a shoe that has a single-layer mesh upper and contains a Gore-Tex membrane for water protection.
  • Prefer a shoe that has a Contagrip MD outsole to keep the user’s footing steady over virtually all types of surfaces.

Salomon Effect GTX logo

Excellent traction

Granting users with surefootedness is the Salomon Effect GTX’s Contagrip MD outsole. It uses a multidirectional chevron lug pattern which renders traction on uneven ground conditions and slippery terrain.

Salomon Effect GTX outsole

Protective toe box

This component is made of a specialized rubber compound which makes it resistant to wear. It also extends upright towards the toe box for added protection from bumps.

Salomon Effect GTX outsole 2.0

Shock-absorbing cushioning

The Effect GTX uses Salomon’s patented EnergyCell midsole to provide the user with cushioning and stability. It’s made of high-performance EVA foam which grants shock absorbency and energy return. The shoe’s die-cut Ortholite footbed wicks excess moisture while offering added underfoot comfort.

Salomon Effect GTX midsole


Salomon’s Effect GTX features an upper made of a single layer of mesh fabric to keep the shoe light. It’s paired with a Gore-Tex membrane to protect the foot from wet conditions without compromising breathability.

Salomon Effect GTX midsole 3.0

Delivers durability and protection

Its forefoot section is reinforced with a rubber rand while a protective mudguard wraps around the upper’s base. Both of these components deliver durability and protection.

Salomon Effect GTX upper

Secure fit

The shoe’s lace closure system uses a series of fabric eyelets for fit adjustment. Its gusseted tongue stops debris from entering. Lastly, a pull tab is situated at the collar’s back to facilitate an easy on and off. The logo can be found on the heel overlay.

Salomon Effect GTX laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 350g / Women 290g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake, Antimicrobial
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Salomon

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