Who should buy the Salomon OUTline Mid GTX

Among the flagbearers of our lightest bunch, the OUTline Mid GTX wears its speedy nature on its sleeve. It is for you if:

  • You want a boot that allows you to stay agile while hugging your ankles in safety.
  • The paths you take transition from man-made surfaces to mildly rocky terrain (and vice versa).
  • You're quite particular with Gore-Tex boots that discourage stuffiness.

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Who should NOT buy it

Have wide feet? If you do, look past the featured hiker and don the forefoot-spacious Teva Grandview GTX instead. Also, if you need something more heavy-duty, you're better off hiking in the Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX.

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Salomon OUTline Mid GTX: Plushness underscored

A majority of reviewers say that the Salomon OUTline Mid GTX is super comfy right out of the box. In fact, some even compare it to a cozy pair of sneakers. The boot requires no break-in period and can be worn straight out of the box, based on the users' feedback.

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The comfort is enhanced by the removable OrthoLite insole which also helps to maintain breathability inside the boot.

Slip-free from town to trail

Its ability to stick to various surfaces, including pavements and concrete floors, is a pure delight to numerous adventurers. Here are some of their comments:

  • "my feet felt glued to the ground with plenty of confidence" (says someone who has worn the shoe on rocky, muddy, snowy, and icy terrain)
  • "never slipped as we moved effortlessly from loose sand to solid sandstone"

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The boot's low-to-the-ground profile also contributes to the feeling of stability and surefootedness.

The OUTline Mid GTX's lightweight confines

According to experienced adventurers, the OUTline Mid GTX's lightness is exhilarating (it's roughly 100 g lighter than the average). One even mentioned that he felt like he was wearing a pair of sneakers in the boot.

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Hit-or-miss waterproofing

The boot's Gore-Tex membrane, according to a very few, loses its effectiveness way too soon, resulting in leaks early on.

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Secure fit but not for Hobbit feet

The OUTline Mid GTX offers a snug, glove-like fit for a secure lockdown. It also features a gusseted tongue that stays in place and keeps the debris at bay. However, about a handful of hikers find the boot too narrow around the toe box.

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Stellar ankle support

Experts commend the boot’s exemplary support system, especially around the ankle.

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Convincing breathability

The OUTline Mid GTX from Salomon breathes well, owners-slash-testers say.

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The OUTline Mid GTX's little sibling

If you prefer this boot in a low-top variant, the Salomon OUTline GTX is for you.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 420g / Women 350g
Use: Day Hiking, Speed Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Salomon

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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.