Outback 500 GTX Backpacking Boot
Hit the trailhead with confidence knowing that the Salomon Outback 500 GTX Backpacking Boot has your back. This lightweight backpacker boasts an impressive blend of cushion, support, and stability that will have you reaching tons of new locations. The Gore-Tex upper with waterproof materials keeps your feet dry by repelling water and wicking moisture off of your foot while also protecting you from debris via a gusseted tongue and burly toecap. To ensure you can keep putting one foot in front of the other these boots boast a supportive and cushioned Energy cell midsole that if further reinforced by a molded EVA sock liner. Finally a super grippy and durable Contragrip MD outsole lets you stay focused on the task at hand while you head for the summit.
- Lightweight backpacking boot for long adventures in the wilderness
- Gore-Tex membrane keeps your feet dry from sweat and external water
- Tried and true classic lacing system securely locks in your feet
- Welded upper with a soft collar limits rubbing and discomfort
- EnergyCell midsole reduces fatigue by providing support and cushion
- Advanced chassis keeps things stable and rigid for side-hilling
- Contragrip MD provides long lasting grip on soft and hard surfaces
- Item #SAL01LQ
- Q & A
Runs large, but happy with them
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 8.5
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 155lbs
This is my first pair of Salomon boots after having owning many pairs of their trail running shoes. I originally purchased my running shoes size, 9, but had to return them for an 8.5. These boots are roomy and long. I purchased these boots looking for a lightweight backpacking boot to replace my Danners, and they have lived up to all my expectations. I've hiked about 50 miles in them so far, and they have proven to be light, fairly agile, waterproof, supportive, and not too warm. I would recommend them to anyone looking for the same. I submerged them in a creek up to my ankle for 30 seconds to test the waterproofing and there were no leaks. I've tracked through mud, bare rock, snow, ice, and scree and have found the traction to be sufficient.
Clean, Simple, Burly
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 130lbs
I purchased these to replace my 7 year old Salewa Alp trainers that eventually lost their waterproofing capabilities. I was looking for a simple looking boot primarily for backpacking & hiking but also boots I could wear day to day. These boots fit my aesthetic, I think Solomon made a great looking boot. Clean lines. Looks good with a pair of jeans. All the tech hidden underneath the upper and doesnât scream âtechy-hiking-bootâ.
INITIAL THOUGHTS - Wearing them indoors I immediately noticed they are VERY LIGHT on my feet, much lighter than any other hiking boot Iâve owned. Solomons Contagrip is nice, maybe too soft to wear daily around town/city but will grip well on wet rocks and trails.
I have long, low volume feet with normal arches and I can feel a modest amount of arch support (I may have to invest in inserts). With the boots laced tightly, my heel also feels locked down. The toe box feels snug but not tight, comparable to other Solomon boots IMO. Again, putting the on the trail will be the ultimate test of fit and last but out of the box these Solomon Outbacks feel great.
I've done only a couple short sub 5mi hikes inside three months of owning and they offer great trail support all while being super lightweight. The soles are grippy over wet rocks and logs and the the treads shed mud pretty well too.
my only gripe so far is the gusseted tongue ends just above the locking heel eyelets, limiting how deep this boot can go into streams and puddles. other boots i've owned in the past featured gusseted tongues all the way up the length of the boot providing a much better seal against water.
Light and Roomy
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 11.5
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 175lbs
Interesting new boot from Salomon. Coming from using the X Ultra series hikers for years, the Outback immediately stands out with its incredibly light weight. The almost seamless uppers are also a positive divergence from other Salomon boots. The laces have a nifty little cam eye that keeps the laces from loosening. This may wear out the laces faster, but it definitely works. I like the ample rubber toecap. The padding around the ankle is a bit stiff and unnatural out of the box, hopefully it forms better with time. By biggest gripe with this boot is that it is noteably more roomy than most Salomon shoes, even the length seems a bit excessive. I usually do fine with the stock Salomon insoles, but I had to put some Superfeet in these to suck up some excess space. Higher volume feet will probably like them as is. Despite the feather weight, these definitely fall more toward the hiking boot end of the spectrum, whereas something like the X Ultra Mid is more trail shoe inspired. More to follow after I put them through some adventures..
I have now worn these boots on several rough day missions, shed hunting in steep terrain with mud, deep snow, stream crossings, etc. Comfort is still inferior to the X Ultra even with the Super feet, but they have only given me one blister. They still seem rather stiff and bulky around the ankle. I think the ankle and sole are too stiff compared to the rest of the boot. Durability seems fine so far. Excellent traction on wet and uneven footing. So far water resistance seems better than any other Salomon I have owned.
Comfortable and Supportive!
if you're looking for a lightweight shoe, that still gives you the support, comfort, and stability in a traditional backpacking boot, the OUTback is for you!
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*Note: I'm a Salomon employee*