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Whether through valleys, over mountains or simply a walk through the forest. With the first warm days of spring comes the joy and desire to go hiking outdoors in nature. To ensure that these excursions are remembered positively and are not associated with painful blisters, a suitable hiking shoe from Salomon is essential. However, the hiking shoe should not only fit properly, but also meet the requirements of the tour and the terrain. With our large Salomon hiking boot test 2022 we help you to find the right hiking boot from the Salomon range. We have compared hiking boots for different requirements and hiking tours and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




The Best Salomon hiking boots: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Salomon hiking boot

What is the difference between Salomon hiking boots and those of other manufacturers?

The sporting goods manufacturer Salomon scores with a wide range of clothing and equipment in the outdoor sector. Salomon pushes innovation in hiking boots, as well as in other segments, and always offers sports enthusiasts high-quality and innovative products. The invention of the quick and easy lacing system Quicklace, for example, is very popular with many Salomon shoe owners. Salomon offers a very good price-performance ratio and provides the optimal equipment for amateur athletes. However, if you have more experience in mountain sports and want to go on higher and more daring tours, Salomon’s range reaches its limits. However, you can find the right technical outdoor clothing and equipment from the Arc’teryx brand, which belongs to the same parent company.

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Salomon’s product range ranges from hiking boots for walking to trekking shoes that are suitable for multi-day tours.
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For which hiking categories does Salomon offer suitable hiking shoes?

Not all hiking shoes are the same. Depending on the terrain you are moving on, there are different versions that support you optimally in your requirements. For this reason, it is important to know for which activity you need your shoe in order to find a suitable model. In the following table, we present the individual hiking categories with the appropriate shoe type and area of use. It should be noted that Salomon does not offer hiking boots for the extreme categories B/C to D in their range.
Category Shoe type Range of use
A Leisure and hiking shoes (without ankle protection) Leisure, everyday, travel, walking
A/B Hiking boots / high hiking shoes Easy hikes in the lowlands, low mountain ranges or foothills of the Alps
B Trekking boots Demanding hikes in low mountain ranges and light trekking tours
B/C Heavy trekking boots Demanding trekking and high mountain tours
C Mountain boots High mountain tours on glaciers, conditionally crampon resistant
D Mountain boots/expedition boots, absolutely crampon resistant Glaciers, ice climbing, extreme tours

How much do Salomon hiking boots cost?

How much you spend on your Salomon hiking boots depends on several factors. On the one hand, of course, the category and the associated requirements. On the other hand, it also depends on the materials used. The biggest cost factor is the water resistance of the shoe. Gore-Text hiking boots offer the best protection against water and are waterproof. This is of course also reflected in the price, compared to a shoe with water resistance.
Shoe type Price range
Multifunction shoe (Cat. A) 100-160 EUR
Light hiking shoe (Cat. A/B) 170-200 EUR
Trekking hiking shoe (Cat. B) from 180 EUR

What are the alternatives to Salomon hiking boots?

Salomon offers a wide range of leisure shoes. This means that there are also alternatives to the mountain boots, which are ideal for other sports or weather conditions. We would like to show you the three alternatives that are most widely represented by Salomon.

Running & Trailrunning

Just like hiking, running is a widespread hobby for nature lovers. For this reason, running shoes must not be missing from the Salomon range. The manufacturer distinguishes between two different types of shoes for two different types of running.

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The trail running shoes from Salomon are characterised by a grippy profile and optimal cushioning for uneven terrain.
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Whether you are a long or short distance runner, Salomon has a shoe to suit every level. Running shoes may not be ankle-high, but they still offer good support while running. These running shoes are suitable for forest and meadow trails as well as for runs on the streets. For those who dare to go higher and run on trails, Salomon offers tail running shoes.

Trail running shoes: lightness and grip combined

These shoes have the lightness and cushioning of conventional running shoes and are equipped with a good profile, similar to hiking boots. This gives them a better grip, which is required off the beaten track.

Winter shoes

Winter shoes are all characterised by a high shaft, which reduces the penetration of snow and keeps the feet dry for longer. Furthermore, they all have a thick sole with good grip. This not only protects against dangerous slipping, but also against the icy cold. Last but not least, some models are completely waterproof thanks to Gore-Tex.

Sneakers

If you’re not heading for the mountains or rough terrain, Salomon also offers a selection of casual shoes. These sporty sneakers are ideal for the job, for city trips or simply as everyday shoes. They not only score points with an urban sporty style, but also impress with their comfortable fit and cushioning sole. The sneakers from Salomon are available as simple lace-ups, but they also have their own system. The patented Quicklace adjustment system. This eliminates the need to tie the shoes by just quickly adjusting the shoes to the foot with a flick of the wrist. Unwanted opening and loose laces are a thing of the past.

Decision: What types of Salomon hiking boots are there and which one is right for you?

Before you can set off on your hiking adventure, you need to find the right footwear for you. Salomon offers you three different types, which are suitable for different hikes. We would like to introduce you to them so that you can find the right hiking shoe for you.

The multifunctional shoe from Salomon

The name says it all. The adaptable multifunctional shoe (Cat. A) is a mixture of trail running shoe and hiking shoe and combines the individual advantages. This low shoe is light but still robust and has a grippy tread that is not as deep as hiking shoes. The sole, however, is more flexible and offers comfortable support with pleasant cushioning. This lightness of foot combined with good support is ideal for light hikes and walks on firm paths. Trail runners also like to use this shoe, as it offers even more support than conventional shoes. Due to the lack of ankle protection, this shoe offers little lateral support and is therefore less recommended for hiking on unpaved trails.

Advantages
  • Light weight
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Comfortable like a sneaker
Disadvantages
  • No ankle protection
  • Little lateral support
  • Thinner sole

The classic Salomon hiking shoe

Salomon’s lightweight category A/B hiking boots extend over the ankle, providing it with light support. This shank also protects the joint from shocks and reduces the penetration of snow and dirt. The sole is more flexible than a hiking boot and provides a good roll-off. With this classic hiking boot you can move on easy mountain and low mountain trails and is therefore often chosen by beginners. Due to the soft sole, this shoe is not suitable for carrying heavy luggage or on rough terrain.

Advantages
  • Ankle protection
  • Good profile
Disadvantages
  • Too soft for heavier luggage
  • Too little grip in pathless terrain

The trekking hiking shoe from Salomon

Trekking hiking boots (Cat. B) have a much more stable sole than the classic models. The foot has a better overall hold, at the expense of the rolling behaviour. However, the stiffer sole makes it easier to move forward in steep terrain with rocky steps and on easy climbs. The high shaft protects the joint from buckling and from wetness, mud and scree. The trekking hiking shoe from Salomon is a good companion for demanding hikes in low mountain ranges and easy trekking tours. Thanks to good cushioning, the shoe can also be used for multi-day hikes and hut hikes without any problems.

Advantages
  • good stability
  • Guides the foot even with a heavy pack
Disadvantages
  • Heavy
  • More effort to put on

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate Salomon hiking boots

Range of use

The first decisive criterion for your Salomon hiking boot purchase is the area of use. As you can see from the table of the different hiking categories, different hiking boots are useful for different activities and trails. You need to know what requirements you and your shoe have. If you want a leisure shoe with good grip for long walks, the Salomon multifunctional shoe is the best choice. If you want to get your first taste of mountain air and move on easy hiking trails, Salomon offers the right entry-level model with the classic hiking shoe. However, if you are more experienced and want to go on tours lasting several days with a heavy backpack, the stable trekking shoe from Salomon definitely belongs on your feet.

Size and fit

Your size for leisure shoes does not necessarily have to be the same as your size for Salomon hiking shoes. Most of the time, a larger size is needed so that your foot has enough space. Especially during longer hikes, the foot tends to swell and needs more space than it did at the beginning. Wearing thicker hiking socks also requires a larger shoe size. With a short step-by-step guide from the manufacturer Salomon, we show you at the end of the article which size you need to choose for your Salomon model. In addition, it is important to make sure that there is enough room for the toes. A margin of one centimetre is recommended.

Material

Salomon also offers reliable protection and high quality when it comes to materials. Salomon hiking boots are all breathable and either waterproof or even waterproof thanks to a Gore-Tex finish. Water resistance prevents water or snow from penetrating from the outside and soaking the inside. Breathability, on the other hand, is important so that sweat can be transported from the feet to the outside. Both properties prevent wet hiking boots and thus also blisters.

Hiking socks should also be made of a breathable material to optimally transport sweat away so that the feet stay dry.

Facts worth knowing about hiking boots

How do I clean and care for my Salomon hiking boots properly?

Hiking boots are made for walking through water and mud. To prevent this dirt from accumulating over the days and making the material porous, it is important to clean them briefly after each tour. Brush off the dried dirt everywhere and, if necessary, use a damp sponge.

A short cleaning after every hike is recommended

At the end of the season, it makes sense to clean your shoes thoroughly so that they are ready again in spring. Clean the dirt off your shoes with lukewarm water. You can also run the water inside and add a sports detergent if necessary. Afterwards, it is important to dry the shoes. But that’s not all. After drying, it is important to cover the shoe with a wax. You can find a suitable wax in any sports shop. Now your shoe is ready for new adventures.

How do I break in my hiking boots?

When breaking in your hiking boots, make sure you wear the appropriate hiking socks, which you will also use on your hikes. Your feet and legs should make the material more flexible and supple during the break-in period. Therefore, you should not lace your shoes too tightly at the beginning.

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So that you are not plagued by pressure points and blisters on your first hike, breaking in your hiking boots is essential.
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Start by wearing your hiking boots around your home for a few hours after buying them. Once your feet have become accustomed to the new shoe, you can go for short, flat walks in the neighbourhood or in the city. After that, you can go for more extended walks, which can also be steeper and more uneven. After that, nothing will stand in the way of you and your shoes for all-day tours in the mountains.

How do I find the right size for my Salomon hiking boot?

The right shoe size is essential so that the hiking boot fits comfortably on the foot and painful blisters can be prevented. The following steps will help you find the right size for your Salomon hiking boots:

  1. Lay a sheet of paper on the floor next to a wall.
  2. Put on the socks that you will wear in your walking shoes.
  3. Stand on the paper at right angles to the wall so that your heel touches the wall.
  4. Mark the spot in front of your big toe with a pencil.
  5. Repeat with the other foot. To determine the shoe size, use the longer measurement.
  6. Measure the length between the wall and your mark with a ruler.
  7. Find the shoe size that matches your foot length in the table below.
Foot length (CM) Shoe size
36 21.5
36 2/3 22
37 1/3 22.5
38 23
38 2/3 23.5
39 1/3 24
40 24.4
40 2/3 25
41 1/3 25.5
42 26
42 2/3 26.5
43 1/3 27
44 27.5

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