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Salomon Outpulse Mid Gore-Tex - Women's Review

This lightweight hiking boot is comfortable and offers enough support and waterproof capability for day hikes or backpacking trips with a light pack
salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review
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Price:  $160 List | $112.46 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Affordable, lightweight, breathable, waterproof
Cons:  Lacks support for extended backpacking trips, lacing system and rand lack durability, sub-par traction
Manufacturer:   Salomon
By Trish Matheny ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 28, 2022
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  • Comfort - 25% 8.0
  • Support - 25% 6.0
  • Traction - 15% 7.0
  • Water Resistance - 15% 7.0
  • Weight - 10% 9.0
  • Durability - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Salomon Oupulse Mid Gore-Tex is a lightweight and contemporary hiking boot featuring a synthetic upper with a special water-repellent treatment. These modern boots are by no means traditional, but more of a cross between a leather boot and a running shoe. A lower ankle shaft allows for more range of motion, but we found the traditional lacing system and the rubber toe cap that wraps around the front of the boot to lack durability. The Contragrip rubber sole is effective when moving through most terrain, however, it was difficult to trust our feet when moving through slick boulders. That said, the Outpulse is one of the lightest boots that we tested, and it's comfortable right out of the box, making this a solid, affordable choice for day trips or moderate backpacking trips moving over well-maintained trails.

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Pros Affordable, lightweight, breathable, waterproofLightweight, comfortable, breathable, great traction, reasonable priceWide toe box, lightweight, padded ankle support, durable lacing system provides stability, excellent tractionLightweight, stylish, supportive, comfortableImproved traction, great for a wide foot, inexpensive, well-padded ankle
Cons Lacks support for extended backpacking trips, lacing system and rand lack durability, sub-par tractionNot as supportive as a traditional leather hiking bootPricier, 0mm drop heel takes some adjustment timeLacks ankle support for extended backcountry travelLacing system lacks durability, not enough ankle support for heavier loads, Achilles isn't well padded, heavy
Bottom Line This lightweight hiking boot is comfortable and offers enough support and waterproof capability for day hikes or backpacking trips with a light packA lightweight, breathable, waterproof, and supportive hiking boot that excelled in multiple testing metrics and offers maximum control when moving through technical terrainThese hiking boots have a similar design and feel to your favorite running shoe while also offering a durable outsole, grippy lugs, and a spacious toe boxA sleek, stylish, and lightweight hiking boot that doesn't sacrifice backcountry performance, though is better for shorter tripsThese boots offer improved traction and comfort right out of the box, though they underperform in terms of durability and support for extended backpacking trips
Rating Categories Salomon Outpulse Mi... La Sportiva Ultra R... Altra Lone Peak ALL... Teva Grandview GTX Mid Merrell Moab 3 Mid WP
Comfort (25%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Support (25%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Traction (15%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Water Resistance (15%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
Weight (10%)
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
Durability (10%)
6.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
6.0
Specs Salomon Outpulse Mi... La Sportiva Ultra R... Altra Lone Peak ALL... Teva Grandview GTX Mid Merrell Moab 3 Mid WP
Weight (per pair) 1.60 lbs (size 8) 1.68 lbs (size EU 40) 1.60 lbs (size 8.5) 1.86 lbs (size 8.5) 2.06 lbs (size 8)
Upper Synthetic AirMesh, microfiber, TPU eVent fabric Leather, synthetic, textile Leather, mesh
Width Options Regular Regular, Wide Regular Regular Regular, Wide
Water Resistant Membrane Gore-Tex Gore-Tex eVent Gore-Tex Waterproof membrane
Heel Height 2" 1.8" 1" 1.5" 2"
Shaft Height 5" 5" 5.5" 4 4.9"
Midsole Fuze Surge foam MEMlex Altra EGO EVA Super Rebound Compound
Sole Contagrip rubber FriXion XF 2.0 Rubber DuraTread Rubber Vibram Megagrip rubber Vibram TC5+

Our Analysis and Test Results

With a streamlined and lightweight construction, Gore-Tex membrane, water-repellant upper, and Contragrip rubber for ample traction, the Outpulse Mid offers performance that exceeds the affordable price tag. However, while this is a great option for moderate backpacking trails and day hikes on well-maintained trails, the rand and lacing system lack the durability required for technical trails.

Performance Comparison


salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - the outpulse mid is an affordable option that provides enough...
The Outpulse Mid is an affordable option that provides enough support and comfort for day hikes and short backpacking trips.
Credit: Lisa Coleman

Comfort


The Outpulse Mid rank highly in this metric as they provide great comfort directly out of the box. There is no need to anticipate a break-in period where your feet may suffer as they adjust to the boot's shape. The fit feels true to size, if a bit narrow in the toe-box, which could be an issue for those with a wider foot. Comprised of Fuze Surge foam, these boots offer ample cushion underfoot whether you're out for a short jaunt or a weekend trip.

salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - removable ortholite inserts enhance overall comfort by offering...
Removable Ortholite inserts enhance overall comfort by offering extra cushion underfoot.
Credit: Trish Matheny

Support


With features that include SensiFit technology and Energy Blade Outdoor, the Outpulse Mid offers the support you'd expect from an affordable hiking boot. Sensifit gives the boot a snug and secure fit, while the Energy Blade filters the impact from ground-striking, thanks to a soft and cushioned midsole. The Ortholite liner also assists in shock absorption. With an ankle shaft measuring 5 inches, the Outpulse allows you to be nimble on the trails, but they lack the support for technical terrain and trips requiring heavy loads.

salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - the reverse camber design wasn't a favorite of our testing crew.
The reverse camber design wasn't a favorite of our testing crew.
Credit: Lisa Coleman

Traction


The Outpulse features All-Terrain Contragrip Soles, which have been a favorite of our testers in previous Salomon boots. While they performed well when moving through loose gravel and scree, we found it difficult to trust our feet on certain climbing approaches when moving over slabby, slick, and polished boulders.

salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - all terrain contagrip performed well on loose gravel but we lost our...
All Terrain Contagrip performed well on loose gravel but we lost our footing while hopping over slick boulders.
Credit: Lisa Coleman

Water Resistance


The Outpulse features extra water-repellent protection, which coats the boot's synthetic exterior to increase protection and prevent the fabric from absorbing any water during that unexpected afternoon thunderstorm. In addition to that special treatment, this boot also has a Gore-Tex membrane to repel water from the inside out. This allows your feet to stay dry during stream crossings or while moving through lingering snowpack. Our testers were impressed by the lightweight waterproof technology that performed well during our testing period; however, we question how effective this technology will remain over the life of the boot.

salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - surprisingly waterproof for such a streamlined design.
Surprisingly waterproof for such a streamlined design.
Credit: Trish Matheny

Weight


The Outpulse scores well in this metric, weighing only 1.6 pounds for a pair of US women's size 8. This is highly competitive with the lightest hiking boots in our review. While we love the lightweight design, it does sacrifice sturdiness and durability, limiting the overall performance.

salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - the outpulse is a solid choice for those looking to shed the weight...
The Outpulse is a solid choice for those looking to shed the weight of a traditional leather hiking boot.
Credit: Trish Matheny

Durability


From long approaches in Zion National Park to the endless trails within the Eastern Sierra, the Outpulse Mid held up to every durability test we put it through. It's not as durable as, say, a full leather hiker, but the synthetic upper repels moisture and debris and can withstand the rocks and stumps encountered on the trail without showing excessive wear and tear.

That said, while we did not experience any durability issues with this shoe during our extensive testing period, we can imagine that the synthetic texture has the potential to snag when moving quickly through the mountains — especially when compared to some of the burlier boots that we tested. We will report back with any further findings as we continue to wear this boot.

salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - a traditional lacing system made us question the overall durability...
A traditional lacing system made us question the overall durability of this modern hiker.
Credit: Lisa Coleman

Should You Buy the Salomon Outpulse Mid GTX?


The Outpulse is a great choice for those interested in a more affordable, modern hiking boot that performs well over non-technical terrain. It is lightweight and comfortable from day one. However, we believe this boot lacks the durability and support required for more committing backpacking adventures. While this may be great to have in your quiver, we don't think it will end up being your one-and-only.

salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - a great choice for a simple design that outperforms its price tag.
A great choice for a simple design that outperforms its price tag.
Credit: Lisa Coleman

What Other Hiking Boots Should You Consider?


If you love the Salomon fit, check out one of our long-time favorites, the Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid Gore-Tex or the Quest 4 Gore-Tex. If you're after a modern hiking boot with more support and durability, check out our Editor's Choice, the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX.

salomon outpulse mid gore-tex for women hiking boots review - contragrip soles increase performance when moving over a wide...
Contragrip soles increase performance when moving over a wide variety of surfaces, but this design wasn't as successful as others we've tested from Salomon.
Credit: Lisa Coleman

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