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WHAT

Sala­mon X Ul­tra Mid 2 GTX mid-length trekking shoes

WEIGHT 400g

TECH­NOL­OGY

The shoe uses Salomon’s run­ning shoe tech­nol­ogy and com­bines it with a mid­height up­per and Gore-Tex wa­ter­proof pro­tec­tion.

LOOKS LIKE

A cool pair of trekking shoes. It looks firm, sturdy and sta­ble, some­thing new hik­ers will def­i­nitely ap­pre­ci­ate.

FEELS LIKE

A strong, sturdy co­coon for the feet. The outer soles are thick and that de­liv­ers sta­bil­ity.

On the flip­side, it can feel heavy es­pe­cially if the uphill climb in­volves stairs.

The pro­tec­tive heel and rub­ber toe cap keep feet pro­tected but be sure to pair this shoe with proper hik­ing socks so your nails don’t get dam­aged when you de­scend.

Made with PU coated leather and leather re­sis­tant tex­tile, the shoe is wa­ter­proof. Slight rain wouldn’t be a prob­lem.

The brand makes sure it fol­lows a woman’s foot shape in­stead of just mak­ing a smaller ver­sion of the men’s shoes.

VER­DICT

Supremely sta­ble on rugged ter­rain, al­beit be­ing slightly heavy. The price may be high but if you are an ac­tive hiker, this is one shoe that will take you places com­fort­ably.

The brand, known for its out­door tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise, likes to keep things sim­ple and sen­si­ble.

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