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We got our hands (and feet) on the OUTpath - a fast and light hiker from Salomon - and put it to the test
salomon outpath
Best for...
Equally at home as an everyday shoe, as at speed on the trail
Overall Score
Straddles the line between burly and weightless

At only 310 grams the OUTpath is clearly intended for the fast and light crowd, and comes with a range of Salomon-standard features to enhance its on-hill credentials.

Chief among those is the proprietary Contagrip outsole - in this case the Premium Wet Traction Contagrip, seen in many of Salomon's recent trail running shoes. As the name suggests, this iteration of Contagrip offers the same durability and grip even in wet conditions, and combined with the versatile lug pattern, it certainly promotes confidence in varying terrain.

The low weight is of obvious benefit to anyone that likes to move fast in the hills, but it is also a great selling point for travellers - enhancing all-day comfort in any situation (especially in warm weather) and making this an easy addition to all but the most overloaded suitcase.

But unlike many lightweight products, the OUTpath still manages to retain a feeling of solidity and robustness and the sense it will stand up to the rigours of travel. That's partly down to the sole unit, which is a bit chunkier than might be found on the more paired down of Salomon's running shoes. But it's also a result of the upper which appears very well laminated and also features the signature Quicklace system - brilliant for slipping your shoes on and off on the plane!

The OUTpath treads a fine line between durable and lightweight with some considerable finesse - stable and robust in the right places, without compromising the fast and light philosophy.

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