We’ve got our mitts on Salomon’s latest lightweight walking boot — the Salomon Comet 3D GTX. We’ve got the bamboo/autobahn women’s version in hand but the boots are also available in designs for men.
Aesthetically, the Salomon Comet 3D GTX boots are very pleasing to the eye and look very cool. Designed specifically for women, the boots are lightweight and are of a mid-height for increased ankle support, stability and protection. The boots also have a protective rubber toe cap for added protection in rocky and mountainous environments, as well as a protective rubber heel cap for protection around the rear of the foot.
The upper part of the Salomon Comet 3D GTX’s is made from a waterproof split suede leather. Inside, the boots have a Gore-Tex lining and a moisture wicking and odour and fungus inhibiting OrthoLite sockliner. The sole, meanwhile, is composed of a moulded EVA midsole which provides lightweight cushioning and stability, and a non-marking Contragrip outsole. In between the midsole and the outsole is Salomon’s 3D advanced chassis, which is said to maximise security, motion control and energy management.
The size 4.5’s we had for review were slightly on the big side for my size 4 feet but armed with extra thick socks, I found them to be quite a snug fit. The laces are secured at the top with two metal hooks ensuring that the laces are locked in place. With my feet nice and snug inside the Salomon Comet 3D GTX’s, I noticed that the boots were extremely comfortable to wear. They didn’t even feel like they needed to be broken in. In particular, I noticed that the upper part of the boot and especially the collar provided a lot of flexibility, allowing my ankle/leg to move around without rubbing — unlike many new walking boots which have stiff collars that are only properly broken into after a few walks.
Up in the hills, I felt confident in the boots. Unfortunately, there weren’t many puddles to be splashing around in on this fine spring day but I would expect the Salomon Comet 3D GTX’s , as with other Salomon boots, to offer optimum protection against water. On rocky and uneven terrain, the Contragrip outsoles provided great traction and stability. Similarly, on softer ground, especially going downhill, the boots provided a high level of grip, stability and support around the ankles.
The Comet 3D’s are also highly breathable and you can really start to feel the benefit of this after around an hour’s walking.
Overall, we were really impressed by the Salomon Comet 3D GTX boots. Retailing around £135, they are affordable. Backpackers going away for up to 12 months and are planning on participating in a few walks and treks should consider adding these boots to their kit list as they are relatively lightweight and durable so they should last the duration of your trip.