Who should buy the Salomon Vaya
The Salomon Vaya makes a great option for female hikers looking for comfortable and protective hiking footwear they can take to the trail in the summer. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer a hiking shoe that provides dependable traction on different terrains.
- Prefer a hiking shoe that protects the foot against the elements while keeping it cool in summery hikes.
- Prefer a hiking shoe that promotes a comfortable and supportive fit all the time.
Size and fit
The Vaya hiker is a low-cut shoe designed specifically for women. Unique to this model is the inclusion of SensiFlex panels in the upper which are soft and stretchy, wrapping the foot snugly and comfortably. It is also quite flexible which promotes freedom of movement. This hiker has a noticeably wider toe box. Together with SensiFlex technology, it supports natural foot expansion and forefoot flex.
Grippy on wet and dry surfaces
Meant for varying terrains, the Vaya hiking shoe by Salomon is equipped with the brand's famous Contragrip rubber outsole. It's a long-wearing sole made of sticky rubber compounds that bite into wet and dry surfaces. There is plenty of space in between the pentagon-shaped lugs.
Absorbs impact really well
This shoe has a midsole made of EVA - a lightweight foam that absorbs impact really well. However, since EVA tends to decompress over time, shoes that use this cushioning system aren't for heavy use and abuse.
The Vaya comes with a thin Ortholite insole for additional support and comfort.
Waterproof and breathable
Making up the shoe upper is the performance mesh and SensiFit fabric. There is no waterproof membrane lining the shoe interior as this shoe is meant for dry and warm climates. It's also very breathable, flexible, and comfortable.
It has a padded collar that is quite flexible. Completing the upper is a traditional lace-up system for a secure fit.