Verdict from 10 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Fit: Almost everyone who has tested the Salomon Odyssey commends the shoe’s true-to-size confines.
  • Forefoot space: This backpacking hiker comes with a roomy toe box, according to a few reviewers.
  • Comfort: A small number of trail-goers swear by Odyssey’s amazing plushness.
  • Longevity: Based on a report, this Salomon piece has A-grade durability.
  • Support: Its ability to keep the foot firmly in place is admirable, claims an experienced trekker

2 reasons not to buy

  • Footbed: A reviewer finds the Odyssey’s insole too slippery when wet.
  • Drying: Its drainage system could be better, a trail adventurer says.

Bottom line

If landing on rugged terrain pain-free is part of your ‘trekking needs’ list, the Odyssey from Salomon is a smart choice. You may also tick off anything related to immense comfort and satisfying fit on your list with this bad boy. Overall, while the Salomon Odyssey is not a perfect backpacking shoe, its capabilities on multi-day hikes will keep you satisfied for many years.

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User reviews:

Salomon Odyssey: A giver on the trail

Hiking shoes from Salomon are known for their combination of comfort and toughness, and the Odyssey is no exception. But in case you are still wondering what other fascinating things it brings to the hiker’s table, read through the following:

  • Your toes can catch a break from getting squished on descents thanks to the Odyssey’s extra spacious toe zone.
  • Its rockered midsole delivers stability and easy transitions over level ground, even while carrying a loaded pack.
  • The outsole of this Salomon offering comes with flat waffle-like lugs. Translation: They provide sufficient traction on roads as well.
  • It has both a toe rand and a toe bumper, which give double the protection against knocks and bumps.

Salomon Odyssey vs. Odyssey Pro

In this head-to-head, the featured backpacking shoe sees a rival in yet another Salomon piece—the Odyssey Pro. The following are areas in which they differ.

Weight. The Odyssey—thanks to its burlier construction—is slightly heavier than the Odyssey Pro by approximately 30 g.

Use. The featured shoe is built for long and arduous backpacking trips in the backcountry. Its rival, on the other hand, is designed especially for day hikes.

Collar. In the Salomon Odyssey, deeper ankle pockets are what you are going to get.

Takeaway: On Use alone, you can easily decide which shoe to get—the Odyssey for backpacking; the Odyssey Pro for day hiking. That said, if you wish to tackle short hikes with more upper protection, and you are okay with a slightly heavier pair, the Odyssey should be your ‘it’ shoe.

How Odyssey compares

This shoe: 60
All shoes average: 80
59 93
This shoe: £130
All shoes average: £130
£50 £230
This shoe: 345g
All shoes average: 393g
185g 660g
Author
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.

paul@runrepeat.com