Who should buy the Salomon Outbound Prism GTX

You are likely to appreciate the streamlined Outbound Prism GTX from Salomon if:

  • you need a waterproof shoe for wet conditions
  • you prefer hiking shoes that are light on the feet
  • you want an all-in-one option for traveling, hiking, and casual wear
  • you do light-to-moderate hikes
  • you don't want to shell out (the shoe costs $58 cheaper than GTX shoes on average)

Salomon Outbound Prism GTX Upper

Who should NOT buy the shoe

If your light hikes turn for the rough occasionally, consider the more rugged OUTbound GTX version. And for a breathable option for summer, see the non-GTX iteration of the Outbound Prism.

One-to-one fit

People with narrow-to-average feet are elated with the fit of the Outbound Prism GTX. They say "it feels like I'm wearing gloves," "stable and secure with these on my feet," and "fit is spot on." They also agree that the shoe is comfortable out of the box and needs no breaking in.

Salomon Outbound Prism GTX fit

However, it's not as accommodating for wide-footers.

Extra eyelet doesn't help with heel slips

Despite having an extra pair of eyelets at the top, the Outbound Prism GTX still received some complaints about heel slippage. The wearers believe that a double eyelet would help to secure the fit much better.

Salomon Outbound Prism GTX Eyelet

Traction is solid but doesn't last long

Hikers consider the toothy tread on the Prism GTX as efficient when it comes to rough and loose terrain. According to them, the grip is excellent.

Salomon Outbound Prism GTX Outsole

On the downside, it is reported to hast only a few months before it wears down. In one of the cases "after four months of moderate use hiking, the sole has worn down considerably." After that, the shoe loses a good deal of traction capacity and becomes more slippery.

Top-notch waterproofing

A lot of positive feedback came regarding the shoe's waterproofing ability:

  • "major storm and my feet were completely dry"
  • "stuck my shoe in the creek and my foot stayed dry"
  • "working fine after several outings in the rain"

Even someone who frequently does a light pressure washdown reports that the shoe passed the pressure washer test.

Salomon Outbound Prism GTX waterproof

Toe protection

The rubber extends from the outsole upfront, creating a protective toe bumper. So, if you happen to stumble or stub your toe on a rocky trail, the toecap will keep you guarded.

Salomon Outbound Prism GTX toe protection

Lightweight, even for a Gore-Tex shoe!

The average weight of hiking shoes with a GTX membrane is 14 oz (398 g). But the Outbound Prism GTX appears to be on the lighter side of the spectrum at 10.4 oz (295 g) per shoe. As one of the wearers puts it: "the lightest I can ever remember wearing."

Salomon Outbound Prism GTX lightweight

Easy on-and-off

The backrest of Outbound Prism GTX’s collar is noticeably raised. This design serves as the shoe’s pull tab, which makes getting into the shoe relatively easier.

Salomon Outbound Prism GTX Pull tab

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 295g / Women 250g
Base model: Salomon Outbound Prism
Use: Light Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.