Introducing the first natural motion hiking shoe from Salomon, this beauty is called the Synapse. With excellent cushionshing and a just the right amount of flexibilty this shoe lets people run their hike. Although this shoe is not a specific running shoe it performs great on a varity of all surfaces thanks to the Dynamic Traction Technology. The outsole is equiped with a combination of multi-directional lugs and reversed lugs to help maitain traction in any sort of terrain. The outsole also has a high abraison rubber compound which will grip everything you put your feet on. I tested these bad boys out on a race called the Jupiter Steeple Chase, it is a 16 mile race which goes to the top of Jupiter Peak and back. I wasn’t racing it so I decided to hike it with my 23 year old godfather who carried a 50 pound pack in training for the military. I had these shoes on and not once did I feel like I was going to slip, I had perfect traction the whole way through. I instatly loved these shoes and use them anytime I go on a hike. Now lets get to one of the other great features of this shoe called Dynamic Rolling, a high heel drop creates this rolling which helps you feet go faster than if they were in a regular running shoe. I think this really helped during the race because during the downhill I felt like I was going fast than I normally would, so I owe my fast descent to the Dynamic Rolling this shoe provided. This shoe has excellent cushioning due to the a feature called Dynamic Ride, this is a light OS Muschle providing flexible cushioning so you can hike/run in comfort. If you look at the outsole you will notice two white stips running along the outsole, this is called the OS Tedon which adds rebound in each stride.
Although the outsole of this shoe looks completely different than some of the other Salomon shoes the upper is completely Salomon. Salomon takes pride of their quick lace system which is used to get a persise fit and to avoid stopping on the trail to redo your laces. This system is basically like laces until you come to the ends where you tie it, both ends are fed through a mechanism which you can move up and down put when you got your laces tighten just perfectly you let got of the button and tuck the laces into the built in lace pocket which is located in the tounge. What different on this upper than most is the metal grommets, from use I think these grommets will last longer than most because of their durable build. Another signature feature of this shoe is the sensifit technology which on almost everyone of the Salomon shoes. The sensifit technology is the pattern you see on the side of the shoe, it is a special material that is heat welded to the shoe and the grommets are placed on top of them to offer a pressise fit when tigthened. This means that your foot won’t be sliding around in the shoe and that you can enjoy a great hike/run.
I have probably put around 75+ miles on these shoes and I was a little dissapointed to see that the forefoot traction was beginning to wear quickly. But other than some of the traction on the forefoot wearing away the rest of the shoe is in great shape and is still offering great traction. Personally I love the fit of the Salomon shoes and I felt that these shoes had a snug and percise fit and that they are very comfortable. So if you are looking for a natural motion hiking shoe, this is the one for you!