I spent 15 days living in these, 8 of which were trekking with a 25 pound pack 40 miles in and out of the Langtang Valley of the Nepal Himalaya. They are not a cushy shoe but are light and perfectly stiff, affording excellent stability for a nimble low top shoe. You'll really feel rocks the diameter of a nickel and up, so on this rockier trail I was paying closer attention to foot placement than my ankle-high-clad compadres and felt the beating on our descents. To the shoes' credit, I pushed it a little outside its intended terrain. My choice of a low top over a high was based on what I understood to be the groomed nature of this trail and ling days with a lighter pack and the weight savings paid off - especially summit day of Tsergo Ri, 4984 m. The non-GTX is also very breathable so I had no hot, soggy feet on our long days.
This Contragrip outsole blew me away. Crazy grip on wet and loose terrain. Great going up and down hill. I made a point not to look at the tread until we were out of the valley and to my surprise they looked nearly unscathed! the plastic chassis on the bottom and the foam on the sides however, did not fair so well - a testament to the Contra. I think a good deal of mileage are left in these. After punishing these a bit I think the fit does run slightly narrow, but also a hair long. There were periods where I felt as if my big toe was edging off the insole of the shoe, only to have it self-correct after a little while. Though not a textbook 'wide' I prefer a wider toe box (I run in Altras) but these are very comfortable. The lacing system is something to get used to, requiring some adjusting throughout the day, but overall I am stoked and feel like these are priced fairly for what you get. Definitely a Salomon fan.