Salomon Odyssey GTX: Should you get one?

With the steady rise in popularity of backpacking boots and shoes, having options is a good thing. Since you are in this space, however, you are likely almost convinced to get this shoe. That said, before you jump into the Odyssey GTX bandwagon, take a look at its highlights and lowlights first.


  • It beats many hiking shoes in terms of lightness.
  • It has above-average flexibility around the forefoot, affording wearers freer mobility during push-offs.
  • With its Gore-Tex membrane, the Odyssey GTX’s interior can stay dry in light rain and through very shallow (no more than three inches deep) bodies of water.
  • To the right crowd, its low-top construction means more ankle mobility.


  • The Odyssey GTX’s thin overlays might not be enough to guard the shoe against more abrasive terrain hazards.
  • Without a discount, this trekking shoe might be too expensive for some. (Check out our collection of highly affordable hikers if you are into such!)

Additional info

  • Opt for the Salomon Odyssey instead if you trek and hike around mostly dry environments.
  • If you need extra ankle security, check out the Odyssey Mid GTX.


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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.