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Further into the mountains with better gas mileage than a 4WD.

When you lace up the Salomon Comet 3D GTX Backpacking Boot, it's like shifting into four-wheel drive. The Comet's Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane prevents heat and moisture build-up while blocking external moisture (so your foot doesn't get drenched when it's raining and you're pushing your internal mph dial into the red zone).

  • 3D chassis provides stability, comfort, and protection for your mountain pursuits
  • Contragrip outsole uses a combination of rubber compounds to provide you with optimal grip on varied surfaces
  • Molded EVA midsole provides extra stability and more comfort for your endeavors
  • Textile lining is abrasion-resistant so you won’t wear holes into the interior
  • anytime soon
  • Lining breathes well and dries quickly so you don’t have to suffer through a day of wet feet
  • Die-cut Ortholite EVA sock liner provides extra cushion and maximum comfort

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I have a very long, narrow, low-volume foot for a woman so it has been seemingly impossible to find a boot that fits. I typically have to get men's because of the length which are often too wide. These boots fit me perfectly right out of the box which was so relieving. They have a snug heal, the laces tighten nicely around my foot and the toe box is roomy. I have worn them for my job as a dog walker for the past couple months which is more than adequate break-in. They work great for that, my foot doesn't slide, they are sturdy enough to protect my ankles and toes but light and breathable enough to wear every day. However, I just took them on their first backpacking trip. 28 miles total with about 45lb pack. They took the weight great, i have no ankle or knee pain. They are not too flexible to strain the tendons- issues I've had with other boots, BUT I got a blister on the bottom of almost every toe and my left big toenail must have been pushing against the top of the shoe because it's so painful, discolored I'm afraid I might lose it. I'm so bummed and wondering if an insole would help this? Is the toe box too roomy? Even with shoes that I returned after backpacking because my feet hurt so bad, I've never had blisters like this. I tried switching up socks during but it didn't help. Any suggestions? Thanks!

2 5

Caveat Emptor

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 3"
    Weight: 220 lbs
    Size Purchased: 12

I'm very disappointed: after hiking in these for less than six months the left boot began pinching the outside of my foot to an excruciating degree during an 11 mile hike. I'm still not sure what happened, but I'm out $200. My only advice is to try on multiple pairs of hiking boots before settling on one, and if in doubt be willing to spend a little to take care of your feet - you won't regret it.

In the future I'm willing to spend more if necessary and have the return policy of one year through REI vs. backcountry which requires one month.

Responded on

Contact Salomon directly. That is not an expectation of their boot.
Especially this one, maybe you have a defective boot? or maybe specifically a size can fail by design.

4 5

Tough boots

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 140 lbs
    Size Purchased: 9

I am on my second pair of comets. My boots get worn for everything from cutting firewood and clearing brush to backpacking. Care and cleaning consists of a hose off. They are put up wet and muddy and get absolutely no conditioners or cleaners. My first pair lasted four years before the sole started to separate. Still wearable but water started making its way in. Very little break in. I love them!

3 5

Awesome boots, however...

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Don't give me wrong, these are excellent constructed boots. Unfortunately, I have low arches for my feet. As soon as I put my feet into these boots, I realize the squish feeling from my arches right away. In another word, if you have below average arches, don't bother them.

5 5

Tanks on my feet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I typically buy Salomon boots. They last forever and certainly take a beating. A word of caution though, Salomon boots may be uncomfortable right out of the box (my last three pair were and so were these). For me, they require a break-in period (~1/2 day). Stick with them though, and you will be rewarded.

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Same experience here. All their 3D/4D chassis have some sort of small break in. A couple mile hike/jog/walk takes care of them. After that point, they are golden.

5 5

Perfect backpacking boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

First thing I did when I got these was go on a 40 mile backpacking trip in the snow. Boots worked great with 0 break in and never leaked walking through 2 feet of snow. Since buying these I've hiked hundreds of miles, off trail, on highly technical terrain. I love the fact that these boots are robust, but not overly heavy and clunky. I tend to do a lot of scrambling on rocks or obstacles when I backpack, so I like a light boot.

5 5

The boots for me.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

After having these for about a month and a half, I've done multiple ~5 and a couple ~12 mile hikes on both flat and steep terrain, and I have nothing but good things to say about these boots. I'm itching to take them on longer trips, and I'm sure they'll be perfect for that too. I don't have money to own multiple hiking boots, so I wanted something good enough for the occasional multi-day backpacking, but light since I mostly just do short weekend or day trips. These shoes are very light, have very good support, and are exactly what I was looking for. And with the smartwool socks I use, I've had no blisters or need to break them in. I was originally thinking about purchasing the Ultra Mid GTX (a buddy of mine owns them and I was blown away by how light they are), but I decided to go with these since they're not that much heavier and they seemed better quality. I'm very glad I did. I don't understand the craze about hiking in trail-running shoes when you can buy a nice pair of mids like these with great support that's just as light or lighter. If you're like me, I think these are the boots for you as well.

5 5

I am in Love with these boots

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

These are by far the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. I love that they are study and provide nice support for my ankle without being heavy and bulky. They also have continued the wonder of the wide Salomon toe box which makes these boots for me. I decided to buy the Men's version of these boot rather than the Woman's because I felt like the shoe was slightly wider and also more durably built. I wear between a 9-9.5 in women's boots, and ended up getting an 8.5 in men's. This gives me room for fuzzy socks and doubling up as well. The more I wear these, the more I think they are my sole-mate boots!

5 5

3D Chassis fit like a charm.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

My everyday shoe for hiking, trail running, and casual wear are the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra's. For that review see: ( http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-xa-pro-3d-ultra-cs-wp-trail-running-shoe-mens?contentIdSocial=review-atg339751 )
If you love those shoes, these are the fit up for you to go right to the harsh trails in the backcountry that require a bit more stability.

They also really fit well with crampons as I learned. LOVE THESE BOOTS. Both the shoes and comet boots with the 3D chassis have treated my feet well, never letting them see a blister or even a harsh rub.

Most shoes I wear 11, in Salomon I wear 10.5. and they fit like a dream. They break in well from 10.5 to 11 and hold solid from that point on (I believe)

3D Chassis fit like a charm.
4 5

Great Boot for one season of hiking

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I absolutely loved these boots out of the box. So much so that I bought them again after I split a seam near the toebox w/ about 700 miles on them. I thought it was a fluke, but I developed another split in the same place on the new pair after about 400 miles! Can't say enough about comfort and waterproof-ness, however. If they were less expensive, I'd probably continue to replace them every year, but I think you should get more than one season of hiking for $225. (cost at time of purchase)

Hi there. I am hoping to be able to use this Boot for a trek to Base camp and Island Peak in Oct/Nov when temps get down to minus 10 C in the day. Has anyone used this in very cold temps? I seem to have noticed all boots I look at, someone reviews them as being cold. Thanks for any advice!

Responded on

Hey Paul,

The Comet is an excellent backpacking boot and excels in a variety of situations. It is fully waterproof and is breathable thanks to a Gore-Tex membrane. However, it is not an insulated boot and will not provide any warmth.

Responded on

I just wore these out in -12.2C in the snow.

With the slightest movement (hiking/walking) I am warm with your average wool socks.

After experimenting with insulated vs. non hiking boots, I prefer to have the option to insulate with socks rather than the boot. The boot, then can be applied to a wider range of activities. These boots are so smooth I could wear them with a thin pair of breathable socks and feel great in the spring/summer/fall and stay dry from outside moisture with the Gortex.

I only had cold toes when waking up to do the nightly hydration relief around 1100PM, 0200AM, and 0400 AM not wearing any socks.

Long story short, insulate with socks and have your dollar stretch.

4 5

Good construction but narrow

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I'm giving this boot 4 stars. The boot appears to be very well constructed and would be a great waterproof hiking/backpacking boot. The sole seems a bit stiffer than most hiking boots, in a good way, and the rest of the boot looks to be top quality.
Unfortunately I never got to use them because they are very narrow in there forefoot. I have average to low volume feet, but these were just to narrow in the front. Maybe sizing up one would help. If u have narrow feet, I think these boots would be great, but unfortunately they did not work for me. I'm still giving it 4 stars because they appear to be top quality.

Responded on

JS1924119-

Salomon's 3D chassis is for a "narrower" foot. If you are looking for a wider boot, switch to their 4D chassis.

4D chassis provides more room for the foot or for insulation of thick socks.

Don't size up the boot, try changing Salomon chassis's.

Responded on

Matthew Ault- thank you for your comment - i was not aware of that when i bought these boots (i got them on the flash sale on SAC), so for those looking for this boot but are worried they are too narrow, perhaps try the 4D

Second, while these boots are definitely cut on the slimmer side, after wearing them around a few times (nothing terribly extensive), they did seem to 'stretch' out a little bit and now i find them quite comfortable. i have worn them for entire days tho i have not taken them into the woods yet. I would again reiterate that these boots are solidly constructed, and since they did 'widen' a little bit after wearing them around i'm going to give them an overnight backpacking test to see how they hold up.

Can anyone provide feedback on the grip...

Can anyone provide feedback on the grip on wet concrete?

Responded on

Wet concrete with what finish?

I say they are great if its just water. BUT I warn on the longevity of the tread. They are great on terra firma, but will wear out on concrete/asphalt conditions pretty quick. I completely stopped running in them on any concrete to make them last longer. (and its better anyway :) )

2 5

Quality decreasing sharply

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This used to be my favourite shoe for running on soft terrain (woods...). Not anymore. This shoe is not he same it used to be 5 or 6 years ago. My first pair lasted for 4 years, gave me no blisters, was very comfortable and gave me great stability. It was never the best shoe for running on hard terrain, because cushoning was never good, a bit on the thin side. New pair gave me constant blisters on the heel, heel was slipping out and after a few months inner fabric on the heel was already torn. In a year you get to the plastic on the heel. The sole also almost dissapeared in a year. Not buying them again. They are still very stabile and lacing system is great, however quality is not hte same anymore.

5 5

True to its High Rating

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I got these boots for a Hiking Trip to K2 Basecamp (5200m) and Gondogoro La crossing (~5900m).

First of all I must commend the service backcountry.com provides. I got these boots after a detailed chat regarding the size with one of online backcountry reps. He was very helpful. Once i received the shoe here in Pakistan and put them on they fit perfectly.

During the trip, each of my group members had problems with their shoes, but not me. Even some of the foreign trekkers/hikers endorsed the brand and the boot itself.

The boot is very comfortable. It has good ankle support and great traction. I spent two weeks trekking and hiking over rocks, glacial ice and snow and I did not slip or bent my ankle even once. Though its not recommended but i used mid feet crampons with the boot during the night hike over the Gondogoro Pass.

The boots were kept my feet dry until the time i was knee deep in the molten snow from the last day.

All in all, these boots were great. Highly recommended.

Responded on

- If you use hiking socks, which are ultra foamy, you better get 1/2 -1 size bigger than your normal size.
- The shoes are well made. However some abrasion could be seen on the leather upper after 150km of trekking on one of the roughest rocky terrains. No real damage was seen though.
- The stitches on the boots are strong and dont give at all. They are the high quality type. However with so many stitches the chances of water proofing failure increases. Even more so when the boots are put through rough usage. I think my boots started giving way to some moisture later on because of this.

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Hi mate. I am doing a similar trip in Oct/Nov with daytime temps down to minus 10 C. Did these boots keep your feet warm? May I ask when you went and what kind of day temps you experienced?

Has anyone experienced any difficulties...

Has anyone experienced any difficulties with durability?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Scott - I wore these for a year in Afghanistan and they held up through it... they're my knockout boots now but i think they've still got some life in them, short of a broken eyelet. Hope that helps.

5 5

Great Boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I was looking for a boot with more support than my old hiking shoes offered and these were a great find. I hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in these two weeks after they arrived and they already felt like they were broken in. They can be a little warm due to the Gortex lining, so I will have to see how they work out when summer comes around here in Arizona. I really like the lacing system. They are very easy and quick to put on and take off.

5 5

Excellent all around Boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

We love to hike and recently hiked in Colorado on Longs Peak. These boots are great out of the box. I rep[laced a pair of boots that were almost 10 years old and have other pairs for various activities and lenght of trips. This is one of the best all around comfortable boots I own.

Backcounrty sent me my order and the first pair was a 1/2 size too small I agree with the other reviews get a 1/2 size larger and you will be pleased. Since ordering i did have to get the next size and backcountry quickly refunded my second purchase after receiving the retrn. The phone and chat service is outstanding and I will order from them again going forward. Loiving in Des Moines we do not have many options to higher end gear so thank you Back Country for being a great partner.

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I would just like to add to my review when hiking in changing conditions this boot is just fantastic and easy to adjust the tightness which when going up or after a full day and you want to loosen a bit the design is so easy to adjust.