Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfort level: Almost everyone who has tested the Salomon Pathfinder swears by its super-plush confines.
  • Craftsmanship: Its build quality is very impressive, several hikers claim.
  • Durability: According to a few reviewers, the Pathfinder is incredible in terms of longevity.
  • Break-in time: Based on a small number of reports, this Salomon hiker loosens up fairly quickly.
  • Grip: This footgear delivers incredible surface traction, says an experienced trail-goer.
  • Weight: A tester finds the Salomon Pathfinder hiking shoe remarkably light.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Support: Its arch zone could be a bit more supportive, according to a disgruntled adventurer.
  • Debris protection: An owner is not amused with the Pathfinder’s inability to wall off debris, particularly sand.

Bottom line

Gear up with the Pathfinder and dominate the trail as if it was your own making. Yes, this Salomon offering will elevate your hikes with reassuring steps and a kind of comfort achievable right from the get-go. Investing in the Salomon Pathfinder also translates to years of adventures, thanks to its adamantine construction.

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Who does the Salomon Pathfinder cater to?

The Pathfinder, which is part of our expanding list of high-quality hiking kicks, is for folks who wish to rack up trail miles in a comfy-yet-protective shoe. As to who else the shoe caters to, read the following:

  • As the Pathfinder’s upper is largely made of mesh, the shoe in question is for hikers who need extra breathability in their outdoor escapades.
  • It is for fans of Ortholite footbeds, which prevent hiking shoes from getting smelly.
  • With its outsole having a smoothed-out forefoot, the Pathfinder can be used by hikers who frequently smear on small (no more than 2 ft) boulders.
  • It is for folks who usually trample over loose and pebbly soil.

The Salomon Pathfinder’s big brother

With the release of the Pathfinder, our collection of Salomon kicks has once again been diversified. That said, the shoe in question is not alone in this regard. Indeed, it is joined by the Pathfinder Mid CSWP, which is a supportive boot with a waterproof membrane, called Climashield.

Choosing between the two is rather simple. If you regularly hike in dry conditions, opt for the featured shoe. If you need that extra ankle security and prefer to stay dry and fresh in shallow waters, go for the Pathfinder Mid CSWP.


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