Go light and go fast.
- Heel foam coupled with powerful OS Muscle material directly underfoot allows the foot to naturally and efficiently roll through each step in rough terrain
- Contagrip for lightweight traction and durability on rocky and uneven surfaces
- OS tendon provides increased heel-to-toe transition for improved take-off
- Die-cut Ortholite EVA sock liner provides extra cushion and maximum comfort
- Molded EVA midsole provides extra stability and more comfort for your endeavors
- Quick-lace system with SensiFit disperses pressure across your foot evenly to prevent rubbing or hot-spots
- Textile uppers allow air to pass through freely so your feet stay cool in hot weather
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Didn't work out for me
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I had done my research before getting these shoes. I believe Jennifer Phaar Davis used these when beating the world record of the Appalachian Trail thru hike record , completing the 2, 181 mile trail in 46 days 11 hours and 20 minutes, according to the Salomon website. I seem to recall these shoes winning at least one award.
With that, I ordered these shoes on sale. Seemed like I had a sure winner.
Unfortunately, these shoes don't work for me at all. I've probably put around 40 miles in them, including a 26 mile hike. The sole is just too soft with no structural rigidity. It makes the shoes seductively comfortable when you first put them on, obviously with no break-in necessary. However, after a while this becomes the critical flaw of the shoe. If you pronate slightly, like I do, you'll quickly get a poor performing shoe. Also, if you do any extensive hiking on rocky ground, your feet will get very tired as you'll feel all of those bumps go through to your foot. The upper also doesn't appear to have any strong structural support.
Sadly I will have to get another pair of hiking shoes. Technically there's nothing wrong with the ones I have, they just aren't built properly for me.
Now, if you do have a good stride and don't hike in rocky terrains, these may be terrific. I love the "lace" system. I'm a convert: I'll try similar systems over regular laces from now on. I just have to tighten them once when I put them on and they'll stay put. No heel slippage. The rubber sole isn't the usual Vibram rubber, but rather Salomon's own. It is much softer, which makes for a very grippy shoe, at least in dry conditions. I haven't tried them in the wet. They will wear out faster than Vibram soles however. They also look good: I have gotten compliments on them, like the nicely painted metal lace hooks.
In the end, personally I can't recommend them based on my experience, however they are clearly great for some people and/or certain types of terrain.
My Synapse in Israel next to a huge millipede!
Will Backcountry replace these? they started...
Will Backcountry replace these? they started this no longer than a month after I bought them. See Picture below to see what they are doing.
I believe the policy is 90 days no questions asked. But I would talk to to a gear guru to make sure. Here is the link to their return policy.
With an obvious manufacturing defect and a 1 year manufacturer's warranty, they won't give you any grief.
All around, all day, all great!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I bought these for a hiking shoe but end up using these as my every day shoe and they rock for it! I used them right out of the gate for a 90 mile hike/climb/trek through the Grand Canyon and Capulin Canyon NM and they held up really well and I had absolutely no feet problems at all!... but when I got home I noticed the outside of the soles (see pic) started to peel off, I believe it was from all the rocks we were hiking and climbing through that just put a little extra torque on them, I tried to gorilla glue them but they still started to peel off, reckon I still use them a lot and wont stop using them!
Do Solomon shows run a bit large. My 10.5...
Do Solomon shows run a bit large. My 10.5 may need to be a 10. I normally where 10.5.
You are probably better off sticking with 10.5 and not sizing down since these were designed a little narrow in the heel for extra support on trail. If you wanted to talk a little more specifically about your fit please feel free to give us a call at 800.409.4502
Shoes with Everyday Versatility
I just got these shoes and having been loving them for everything from walking around town to walking up a mountain. Very lightweight, very flexible and very comfortable. Easy on, easy off and very nice for the gym to jeans.
Salomon Synapse Hiking Shoe - Men's
great for the big guy
I'm 6-2, 200 lbs and I need a supportive shoe. This pair offers great support and stiffness where I need it and flexibility for walking and running. These are my go-to for gym work outs and running. Being a larger guy, I needed a strong shoe that will last. 1 year later they still look nearly new and the sole is hardly worn! I wear these 3-4 days/week. Great product!
comfortable and lighweight
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
More narrow across the ball of the foot than I was expecting, but still extremely comfortable.
Lightweight hiking shoe
Cut lower than most and very narrow across the ball of the foot. Next time I'll try them on before ordering.
i love this shoe
this is the shoe i have fallen in love with on my thur hike of the AT other then the rocks of PA they were great and handel a 25lb pack , they fell like your walking on a cloud they have seen over 400 miles in jest over a mouth
Comfotable and Agressive tread
Super comfortable and light. Haven't taken them hiking yet, but the tread is more aggressive than the trail running shoes tread styles.