We were pretty excited to finally get the Salomon Elios 2 GTX in stock and give it a thorough test. With other Salomon models in the range offering high comfort and performance the shoe had a lot to live up to.
We were eager to get straight out and test them, so it was a good job that it was comfortable straight out of the box and didn’t require any wearing in. We did find it was a fraction smaller that it’s stated size, so we would recommend going up a half size to be assured of a perfect comfortable fit.
The oiled Nubuck upper looks fantastic and it’s certainly one of the best looking shoes we have seen from Salomon. It has a solid and robust look and feel, and appears designed to take some pretty rough treatment and come out unscathed. The extra protection provided by the leather toe cap and protective rubber heel cap is a great addition for getting more life from the shoes. They are highly breathable and waterproof thanks to the GORETEX lining and the Contragrip® outsole provides excellent traction. This model offers traditional laces rather than the unbreakable Kevlar laces which feature on many Salomon models, and whilst not so robust they are much easier to replace when they break, which even the Kevlar ones do from time to time.
As with most models from Salomon, the shoes give excellent arch support, but whilst Salomon tend to be geared towards high arched feet the Elios 2 achieves the perfect balance. The custom women’s last construction and 3D fit padding moulds perfectly around the foot and feels as if it was custom made. It really cannot be faulted in the comfort stakes.
Off-road walkers who prefer a high degree of cushioning may find this model a little light in the forefoot; although it does provide great feel for good foot placement and the heel foam cushions particularly well where it is needed most. Whilst probably not best suited to serious heavy duty hiking, for light to moderate terrain they are an excellent choice.
All in all, the Salomon Elios 2 not only has the awesome looks but offers performance to match and is an excellent all round walking and light to moderate hiking shoe. It is capable of dealing with the wet and pretty much anything you come across. They are highly recommended.
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