Who should buy the Salomon OUTbound

The Salomon OUTbound is a good light hiking shoe. It perfectly fits the bill for anyone looking for a low-top hiker that delivers the right balance of protection, comfort, and style. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers a blend of enhanced mobility and hazard protection on the trail.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers a highly shock-absorbing midsole and sticky outsole.

Salomon OUTbound logo

Excellent friction and anchoring power

Slip and skid resistance is a provision sourced from the Salomon OUTbound’s Contagrip MD outsole. Virtually every inch of it is built with low-profile lugs, which deliver enough friction and anchoring power on both hard- and soft-soiled terrain. 

Salomon OUTbound outsole

Provides protection against knocks

Its front tip clips to the upper, giving the shoe additional protection against knocks as a result.

Salomon OUTbound outsole 1

Excellent footing stability and comfort underfoot

The OUTbound is equipped with EnergyCell—Salomon’s very own midsole technology—for footing stability and comfort underfoot. It is made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate, a resilient material commonly known for its ability to keep its shape after being subjected to great stress and pressure. Its heel zone is made for mitigating shock, thanks to its considerably brawny construction.

Salomon OUTbound midsole

Excellent ventilation

To help the OUTbound’s midsole in its cushioning game, Salomon shoemakers topped it with a removable footbed from Ortholite. It is a breathable insert, keeping the foot as cool as possible with every stride.

Salomon OUTbound insole

Lining the shoe interior is a breathable mesh fabric that promotes a good level of airflow, helping keep the feet fresh and cool. This makes the OUTbound trail shoe highly suitable for warm climates. 

Lightweight yet durable

An urban-style hiker made of lightweight yet durable materials, the Salomon OUTbound makes a great choice for trail walking and casual activities around the town. It is available in different colorways so wearers are likely to have something that fits their taste.

Salomon OUTbound upper

Heavy-duty textile and debris-blocking mesh make up the majority of the Salomon OUTbound’s below-the-ankle upper. It has a liner made of soft fabric for a 360-degree comfy feel. Synthetic reinforcements or overlays cover some of its high-wear areas to improve its overall longevity. Its front end also has a toe cap for extra bump protection.

Secure lockdown

The OUTbound’s fit management system consists of flat synthetic lace and four pairs of non-plated eyelets. The lace may be set through the hiker’s lace keeper to prevent the tongue from moving out of place.

Salomon OUTbound laces

Salomon OUTbound vs. X Ultra 3

This hike-centric Salomon shoe has a rival in the X Ultra 3. The aspects that set them apart are as follows:

Pricing. The OUTbound is cheaper than the Salomon X Ultra 3. It's most likely because the X Ultra 3 has more features, such as the presence of an advanced chassis for heel stability, a Quicklace closure, and a welded upper for enhanced fit, durability, and protection.

Weight. On this front, the featured hiking shoe bags the crown yet again for being lighter than its rival by roughly 70 grams. This makes the OUTbound shoe really great for day hiking when you're not carrying a heavy load.

Upper protection. The X Ultra 3 wins this round. Indeed, it has more randed areas and overlays than the Salomon OUTbound.

Use. It's important to note that while the OUTbound and the X Ultra are both low-cut day-hiking shoes, they have strikingly different uses. As discussed, the OUTbound shoe is designed for urban walking and trail walking. It makes a fine shoe for tackling well-maintained trails in moderate weather conditions. The X Ultra 3, on the other hand, is more suited for technical hikes. This model comes with several features like the Descent Control technology characterized by a patterned area on the heel that grabs terrain more aggressively. Since it is more rigid and robust (which are needed for technical hiking), it may be a little uncomfortable for your feet if you're just going to use it on flat surfaces, like in trail walking.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 290g / Women 240g
Use: Urban hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Salomon
Material: Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric

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