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The support you need to go farther, faster.
- Injected EVA midsole adds targeted cushioning underfoot to lessen impact on joints
- Contragrip rubber sole complements Dynamic Traction Technology to gain grip even on steep and slick surfaces
- Quick-lace system helps achieve a snug and secure fit without lost time
- Sensifit upper wrapping holds foot in place to reduce sliding and energy loss
- OS Tendon technology combines with OS Muscle technology to provide multi-layer, three-dimensional cushioning to encourage a healthy stride and reduce fatigue
- Ortholite liner conforms to the natural contour of the foot for unsurpassed comfort and support
- Protective rubber toe cap helps keep you safe from rocks, tree stumps, and other unseen trail debris
- Gusseted tongue helps keep out sand and small rocks
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Great Pair of Boots for Hiking Fast
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Having spent a good number of years enjoying the backcountry in all kinds of weather, I have had my share of footwear to wear. For some reason, Salomon boots seem to fit me really well (my old Super Mountain 8 and Super Mountain 9 are still going strong -- 12 years of pure pleasure wearing them), and the Synapse is no exception. No break-in required, fit is superb, cushioning is firm but comfortable / stable and boot does not fight my feet in any way. Traction is not exceptional, but works ok. Goads me to hike faster, support is there for maybe a 3 day load. The only con I can offer is it is not as breathable as a Gore-Tex lined boot, so your feet can feel like wearing those old vapor barrier socks on extended use. I would still recommend though.
I've had a few Salomon products in the past that have worn well and earned a ton of respect from me so when I was looking for a new boot to wear in NZ this Spring I turned to the Synapse Mid. I wanted a boot that was rugged, light, and would allow me some freedom for movement when scrambling over trails. After about a month, I took a trek to the summit of Washington. Late November, snow and ice, howling winds (80mph) and temps at -30 at the summit. These boots performed amazingly. I watched a two other hikers in their heavy mountaineering boots and crampons awkwardly navigate the last 1/4 mile. These boots kept me warm, allowed me to move fast and kept their traction. Thanks Salomon.
ps: I got the lime green. Wish they glowed in the dark.
Great all around but soles may tear
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I got a great deal on these boots and was really happy with the light weight, "waterproof", and the speed lace feature is awesome if you're out climbing. I took them out and really liked them, for a light ankle high boot they worked really well. On about the fourth trip out, when I got home I looked them over and noticed one of the big rubber knobs on the bottom completely missing. I looked closer and there were a few rips in the rubber on the bottom of the boots that created flaps which definitely would cause them to wear out and wouldnt last long on the next hike.
Bottom Line: These boots are nice but very likely the rubber on the soles will take a bad beating if you hike on aggressive and/or loose rocky terrains.
Good shoe ... but not a boot
I got these last week, wore them on a few short walks with the dogs, and put them to the test last night -- an out-and-back, walk/jog 10-miler with 4,300 ft. of rocky elevation gain with some snow.
I bought these boots because I wanted something lighter and more "mellow" than my Scarpa boots for shorter hikes. Also, on some hikes I like to mix walking and jogging and I thought these shoes might be best for that.
The good: These things are really light! They are warm, but breathe well. The lacing system is fantastic, really easy to tighten and loosen. They are comfortable out of the box. On a shorter backpacking trip I wouldn't have to bring Crocs -- I'd just wear these the entire trip.
The not as good: The soles are just not beefy enough. Maybe there is nothing better than a Vibram sole? The downhill was a little tougher on my knees than I like and I could feel the rocks on my feet.
Overall: I got these when they were 50 percent off -- if I had bought them at full-price, I think I'd be a little bummed at that price point. I really, really like these shoes and I'll continue to use them, but not for another big day -- these things will not replace your boots. I will definitely use these on shorter, more mellow trail runs and walks with less elevation gain and loss.
Also: I bought the "Winter Green/Black/Dark S Green" color of these. The picture doesn't really do the color justice -- the shoes are more pea-green than yellow. While it's not the best color, it's not as bad as I thought it would be.
Do these have a waterproof/breathable...
Do these have a waterproof/breathable membrane? I'm looking for a hiking shoe that have Gore-Tex or the like.
Hey Chris, these shoes feature Solomon's proprietary version of Gore-Tex, the ClimaShield membrane, which is both waterproof and breathable. I do think Gore-Tex is ultimately a better product, but ClimaShield is also pretty decent. If you want a Gore-Tex version, search for options that say "GTX" in the title.
I got these to avoid Gore-Tex as Gore-Tex is not at all eco-friendly. I'm not sure how ClimaSheild is, but Gore-Tex essentially NEVER degrades. ClimaSheild is better for colder weather, and as cesp897964 said, they can feel hot.
The tip of the toe top is starting to peel on mine, but they have well over 200 miles of really rugged bushwhacking and trail on them as I spend a lot of time off trail looking for solutions to existing trail problems. No sole issues yet. They do relatively well with a little water.
Salomon Synapse Mid CS Pro Hiking Boot -
Great All Around Hiker
I've used these for your average day hike and for backpacking, both cases the shoes felt great and were very comfortable. Only gripe I have is that once these shoes get wet they take FOREVER to dry out. So if your planning on doing a lot of river bushwhacking I would look elsewhere, but overall these are a great pair of shoes.
I've only had them for a month now but I can see that they should hold up pretty well over time.
P.S. Love the quick lace system : )