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Salomon OUTline GTX - Women's Review

A lightweight shoe that lacks significant support but may be appropriate for mellow hikes and sightseeing.
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Price:  $130 List | $97.46 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Lightweight, waterproof
Cons:  Lacks support, mediocre traction, lacks durability, limited to lighter trails
Manufacturer:   Salomon
By Laurel Hunter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 24, 2019
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  • Comfort - 25% 6
  • Support - 20% 5
  • Traction - 15% 6
  • Weight - 15% 10
  • Water Resistance - 15% 8
  • Durability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Salomon OUTline GTX is a very lightweight and waterproof shoe. If you are planning a trip with some light hiking or sightseeing in the mix, this is a great choice. It is comfortable right out of the box, but runs a bit narrow and does not allow much adjustment for high volume feet. While the midsole is flexible and offers a responsive feeling on the trail, it lacks the support that we like to see for more moderate or serious hiking endeavors, and the traction was lacking on loose or wet terrain. It's a nice shoe, but our testers don't believe it's built for extensive hiking use.


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Pros Lightweight, waterproofComfortable, stable, great traction, durableVery comfortable, lightweight, waterproofGreat traction and stability, durable construction except for the lacesLightweight, versatile, great all-around performance
Cons Lacks support, mediocre traction, lacks durability, limited to lighter trailsUpper absorbs water (but doesn't leak), a little heavyNot the best traction, questionable durabilityDifficult to tighten the toe box due to the speed lace system, release button got jammed, a little stiffQuicklace system not our favorite, didn't feel great with a heavy pack on
Bottom Line A lightweight shoe that lacks significant support but may be appropriate for mellow hikes and sightseeing.The Sawtooth II excels at day hikes, longer adventures, and tricky terrain, making it an easy pick for our Editors' Choice Award.An exceptionally cushioned shoe that is also lightweight and waterproof.An excellent all-around hiking shoe that is waterproof and supportive.A great option for fast hiking / running.
Rating Categories Salomon OUTline GTX - Women's Sawtooth II Low BDry HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit WP Terrex Swift R2 GTX X Ultra 3 GTX
Comfort (25%)
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Support (20%)
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Traction (15%)
10
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Specs Salomon OUTline... Sawtooth II Low BDry HOKA ONE ONE Tor... Terrex Swift R2 GTX X Ultra 3 GTX
Weight per pair (size 7) 1.19 lbs 1.83 lbs 1.55 lbs 1.36 lbs 1.5 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular, Wide Regular Regular Regular
Upper Waterproof textile Leather & textile Nubuck and suede leather Synthetic mesh Synthetic mesh
Midsole Injected EVA Dual density EVA EVA and RMAT oversized midsole EVA Injected EVA
Lining Gore-Tex B-Dry eVent Gore-Tex Gore-Tex
Sole Non-marking Contragrip rubber Sawtooth Vibram Megagrip Hi-traction with 5mm lugs Continental Traxion rubber ContaGrip rubber

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Salomon OUTline GTX is a lightweight hiker with a Gore-TEX waterproof liner. While it is comfortable for mellow hikes, we found it lacking in the support and traction we prefer for anything long or on varied terrain.

Performance Comparison


Great for light hikes without technical terrain.
Great for light hikes without technical terrain.

Comfort


We talk a lot about the importance of comfort in a hiking shoe, and this is because an uncomfortable shoe can ruin the whole outing. The Salomon OUTline is about average in the comfort metric. The cushion is certainly not plush, but the model does have even cushioning under the foot. The upper material is pliable and does not require any breaking in, so if it feels good on in the store, it will likely feel good after hiking many miles. However, the lacing does not allow room for higher volume feet, creating tightness across the top of the foot. Additionally, this shoe runs a little narrow in the toe box, so not great for a thicker hiking sock or for those who like some room to wiggle their toes.

Support


The OUTline GTX utilizes the ever-popular Ortholite insole, which is fairly thin and does not give much cushion or support. Additionally, there is very little arch support on offer in the structure of the midsole. If you replace the insole with an after-market insole, the low volume of the toe box might create a problem, so this shoe is going to be better for flat-footed hikers or those with low-volume feet.

One test we like to perform on hiking shoes is to twist them as if wringing the water out of a towel. If there is a lot of movement, the shoe is generally less supportive of the foot on uneven terrain. The OUTline allows for quite a bit more twist than most of the shoes we tested, making it responsive underfoot, but less supportive for rugged hiking.

EVA midsoles are nice to walk on, as they are cushioned and responsive, but with a heavy load, they can lose that cushioned feeling. For this reason, we found that this shoe does not provide enough support for multi-day hiking or hiking with a heavy pack. For light hikes, however, the support is sufficient.

Traction


While the OUTline utilizes Contagrip rubber (which we found to be quite successful in other hiking shoes), we were surprised to find these shoes lacking in the traction department. The lugs are quite small and widely spaced, which allowed us to slip on sandy and unconsolidated trails. The traction was acceptable on dry rocks and slabs, but we were disappointed when the rocks were wet or mossy. If you are hiking on very mellow terrain, the traction should suffice, but the waterproof upper will do better in the rain than the outsole will.

Despite the Contagrip  these lugs were small and widely spaced making for less than ideal traction on loose trail surfaces.
Despite the Contagrip, these lugs were small and widely spaced making for less than ideal traction on loose trail surfaces.

Weight


The OUTline is a very lightweight shoe, 1 pound 3 ounces per pair (US size 7), and the lightest in our test by a smidge. This low weight is attained with minimal stitching and rubberized overlays, rather than heavier leather or bulky rubber rands. The shoe is quite lacking in support for anything other than very light hiking as a consequence. There are other lightweight shoes in the test that performed better than the OUTline, however, especially for hiking in varied and rough terrain.

Minimal stitching and rubberized overlays keep the shoe lightweight.
Minimal stitching and rubberized overlays keep the shoe lightweight.

Water Resistance


The OUTline is equipped with a Gore-Tex liner and passed our ten-minute bucket test with flying colors. It also kept our feet dry in light rain on the trails as well. It does have a relatively low ankle height, at 3.25", meaning that you will want to be wary of deeper puddles that can splash water over the top of the shoe. The synthetic materials shed water well, absorbing almost none in our testing, keeping the shoe light when wet.

The bucket test! Shoes are submerged for ten minutes in 3" of water. No leakage here.
The bucket test! Shoes are submerged for ten minutes in 3" of water. No leakage here.

Durability


Lightweight hiking shoes often trade off weight for durability, and we believe this to be the case with the OUTline. While much of the upper is protected by rubberized overlays, those areas that are not are already showing signs of snagging in the material. Additionally, the light EVA soles are wrinkled with compression and showing signs of wear. Our testers surmise that these shoes will not hold up to constant use, especially on very rugged trails.

These sporty kicks are lightweight and responsive  but ultimately  our head tester preferred other models when traveling beyond well-groomed trails.
These sporty kicks are lightweight and responsive, but ultimately, our head tester preferred other models when traveling beyond well-groomed trails.

Value


While this model is a relatively inexpensive shoe, we do find the technical aspects somewhat wanting. It is waterproof and lightweight, but for about the same price, there are better performing hiking shoes in almost every metric. As such, we don't think it is a great value.

Conclusion


The OUTline would be a great choice for traveling when some short hikes are on the itinerary. It is not supportive enough for multi-day hiking trips or for carrying a lot of weight, but for walking the dogs or light hiking, it is an affordable and sporty choice.


Laurel Hunter