Salomon Elios Mid XCR hiking shoes

Author: [ xtremepeaks ]  Istvan Hernadi   Contact Author: xtremepeaksSun Dec 30 21:10:12 UTC 2007

As I was planning a long trip to the North, I needed a new pair of hiking shoes that would stand up to a wide range of conditions all summer and fall.

The Salomon Elios Mid XCR shoes seemed to fit my requirements. Its mid-height gave me extra support and protection on the wet tundra and undergrowth. The water resistant materials in the upper and Gore-Tex XCR liner functioned well for keeping out the water on many rainy days and swampy areas. The EVA mid-sole gave excellent cushioning and protection on the rocky terrain scrambling over to rough alpine ridges and mountain tops.

I also liked the protective toe cap, helped keep my toes from getting bruised on the rocks. And the Contragrip sole generally gave very good grip on most surfaces, except for very wet slimy rocks.

The shoes fit me well, as they are a narrow fit, hard to find those for me as I have quite narrow feet. People with wide feet may have a problem fitting these. The shoes have mesh ventilaton panels, but still are rather hot and sweaty inside in very warm weather. Fortunately, most of the summer is rather cool in the north, so that was not a problem for me.

I used these shoes almost exclusively for several months on over 500km of trails and rough routes. see article on the Yellowhead trails. They stood up well, had no discomfort and are still usable, but the materials are starting to deteriorate due to all the abrasion and dirt. They were used for fast, light day trips and also on overnight backpacking routes. They are almost as light as running shoes, (940gm), flexible, cushioned and comfortable to wear. I will get another pair of these for next summer's northern adventures.

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