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-Designed for country hikes and city strolls, the Salomon Tech Lite features a super light seamless construction using 60-70% recycled materials. It has a collapsible heel so you can wear it like a normal shoe or slide it on and off like a sandal.

-This hiking shoe from Salomon is equipped with the Contagrip outsole which works well on hard and smooth or soft and loose surfaces.

The Tech Lite is a low-cut hiking shoe with a very flexible upper that promotes freedom of movement. The super-thin upper means there's less cushioning, particularly around the ankle. What makes this shoe unique is the collapsible heel which gives the wearer the option to wear it like a slip-on shoe or sandal or a traditional hiking shoe.

Moreover, this hiker uses a traditional lace-up closure for a secure fit. The flat laces reduce pressure points over the instep, giving the foot a consistent and comfortable fit.

This hiking shoe is powered by the Contagrip outsole - a long-wearing rubber sole designed to survive tough conditions. It features a pretty aggressive lug pattern that works well on dry and wet surfaces. There are siping or cuts along the edges that help with the extraction of water. 

Salomon's Contragrip soles are a mix of rubber compounds of varying densities. This means that different zones or areas of the outsole are either firmer or softer, depending on what texture or density is more appropriate for those parts. 

The shoe midsole consists of a high-performance EVA foam. It's a lightweight cushioning material that has great shock absorption and energy return properties. EVA stands for ethylene-vinyl acetate which is highly flexible and resilient. EVA's ability to reduce the strain on the foot by absorbing impact makes the Salomon Tech Lite a very comfortable shoe that can be used for hours of walking. 

For added cushioning and comfort, this shoe comes with an EVA sockliner. 

This shoe has a durable upper made with very lightweight synthetic webbing and a single layer of mesh for maximum breathability. More interestingly, it's made of 60-70% recycled PET as part of Salomon's effort to pursue sustainable shoe construction. 

The Salomon Tech Lite also comes with a sockliner cover made from 40% coffee beans and 70% recycled laces. 

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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.