It's no surprise the fashion world has officially embraced the outdoors in recent years. Built for function and comfort, technical outdoor gear performs as well during downpours in midtown Manhattan as overnight hiking on Pacific Crest Trail. But not all brands manage to cross over from GORP to grail with grace—at least, none have done so with as much authenticity as Salomon. The brand’s famed Speedcross line has created both the "ultimate fashion sneaker" and one of the best trail runners, according to GQ & Runner's World, respectively.
With the French sporting brand's latest release, the Predict Hike Mid Gore-Tex hiking boot, Salomon once again proves why its uncompromising approach wins out with both hardcore gearheads and discerning gorp devotees.
Every piece of footwear Salomon produces is packed with performance innovations—you already knew this—and the Predict Hike Mid lives up to the brand’s storied reputation. Built with comfort at the forefront, the new hiker is anchored by Energy Surge, an all-new running shoe-inspired technology that represents the brand’s lightest and most responsive foam to date—a new and welcomed innovation for 2021.
The performance-driven shoe also features anatomically placed decoupling throughout the sole to act like shock absorbers. This creates a platform that constantly readjusts to both your stride and whatever terrain you come across, meaning the Predict Hike Mid quite literally adapts to whatever situation you put it in for maximum comfort.
This rings true whether you’re crushing a 10k with 10,000 feet of elevation change or logging a 10-hour day hopping from the office to neighborhood trail to drinks with friends—expect a smooth ride, regardless.
Meanwhile deep lugs with a Contragrip outsole give traction on slick and rugged surfaces, be it a subway platform or sketchy rock approach. The mid cut height provides ample support without entering expedition-style boot territory while a GORE-TEX outer keeps your feet pleasantly dry no matter the conditions.