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  • Item Weight: 376 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 880 g
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  • Item model number: Synapse Mid-M
  • ASIN: B0054TMNFW
  • Date first available at 10 Jun. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,080 in Shoes & Bags (See Top 100 in Shoes & Bags)
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A natural motion hiking shoe that will add an injection of speed into your hike. As the female version of this shoe, this features an optimised, more narrow fit, more suited to the female foot.The OS Tendon in the construction of the shoe ensures that there is a healthy adaptability when energy is transferred. This makes the shoe more comfortable while in use and is far healthier in the long-term.Endofit is an internal sleeve that sits over the top of the foot. It delivers seamless comfort and intuitive feedback.Dynamic Traction Technology is a patented traction system that allows for maximum surface and traction on dry surfaces and the performances of larger lugs on wetter, muddier ground.The Ortholite sockliner provides additional comfort within the shoe while allowing the material to breathe. This ensures a healthier foot, with greater temperature control and hygiene properties.Contragrip is a unique traction technology that provides grip and durability to the outsole of the shoe. By combining a rubber compound, with greater sole density and innovative lug geometry the shoe can deliver greater grip, while ensuring there is long-lasting performance.

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Colour Name: BlackSize Name: 8.5 UK Verified Purchase
I've worn out a similar pair Salomons (3D GTX Mid, or something like that) and loved them. So I had high hopes of the Synapse. First the good things about them:

Incredibly light
An excellent fit
The lacing system - pull the Kevlar cord, slide the slidey thing, that's it. Absolutely brilliant.
Seem very well made
Good grippy sole
Feel great to walk in
Rather smart without being ostentatious

So why did I send them back? Because getting the darn things on is a real pain. The hole where you put your foot in is just too small, even with the lacing system fully slackened off. And no, I didn't buy the wrong size - once on, the fit was very comfortable, certainly not tight. But every time I put them on, I felt the need for a shoehorn. Much shoving was required.

I haven't got 'unusual feet' and I've never had this problem before with any kind of shoe (and I've had *lots* over the years).

I think Salomon have blundered massively here and it's a real shame. This is a fantastic shoe, but it's only fantastic if you can actually get it on. If it wasn't for this problem, I'd have cheerfully kept them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Interesting boot - does not appear robust 23 Oct. 2013
By jehannum - Published on
Colour Name: BlackSize Name: 11 UK Verified Purchase
I bought this boot because of good reviews, because it was allegedly designed for the appalachian trail and because of previous good experience with salomon shoes.

i have only used the boot a few times on tracks and on a couple of off track walks. The fit is very good - i have a narrow heel, medium to wide forefoot and low volume fit. I have previously found salomon shoes (I have had a few0 just on the verge of narrow but these boots fit very well. The upper is very light but reinforced with 'sensafit' plastic ribs that extend from the laces to the sole. Their is also a shallow plastic rand around the boot and medium pronation/supination posts either side of the forefoot.

the sole is very thick and very soft - more like a runner than a hiking boot. The outsole has quite thick rubber, as distinct from salomon's trail runners which tend to have a thinner outsole with dubious grip for hiking. The inner sole (sockliner) is not particularly good for hiking - it is a spongy foam that absorbs water but is comfortable enough 9although it can move around when wet).

I bought the boot for summer dayhikes really, with the thought that it may be suitable for longer backpacking trips. I feel that the boot is probably not robust enough for long backpacking trips (although apparently used on the appalachian trail). This may be just prejudice - I have used salomon trail runners in the past on long walks and never had an issue (except for grip) but i feel that the sole on these are just too soft - you can certainly feel every rock through the forefoot, although (admittedly) it is not painful or penetrative. I am just used to more rigid boots I suppose.

The laces are not traditional laces but kevlar - almost like fishing line in dimension. I have no reason to doubt them as I've had their trail runners for years and the laces are very strong, although replacing them on the trail would me a huge issue. The boot and sole, I feel, would not hold up to off track walking in rocky terrain, I think the soles would be chewed up by talus/scree slopes - so these would be strictly on-track boots.

They come over the ankle but are very low over the achilles tendon - more like a shoe, so you certainly need gaiters to prevent dirt, gravel and plant ingress on the trail. They don't have any ankle 'support' - but let me tell you that is a myth anyway that boots provide any protection from ankle sprain - they do provide some ankle protection against rock pinching and abrasion, but certainly not like leather boots.

They are amazingly light - i mean amazingly. They are noticeably lighter than my trail runners and certainly much, much lighter than my walking boots (which are lightish nylon/leather hybrids). The sole is a really interesting design with deep tread that grips well so far, but i have not worn them on wet rock yet - always a test.

So do I recommend them? Yes, for the right application. Maybe I am too much of a traditionalist but I feel that they are just not burly enough for backpacking, particularly with off track walking. They are an awesome daywalk boot and an excellent wet weather boot (because they don't really get any heavier when wet - although they are not at all water resistant - not at all). I am considering trying them out for backpacking but maybe with a backup in case they die - they are certainly light enough to shove in the pack and , if nothing else, use as a camp shoe.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just what I have been looking for 12 Nov. 2012
By Squirrel1 - Published on
I have been backpacking for about four years now and I think I finally found my backpacking shoe. I have tried many different shoes starting with Merrell's, Asolo's, Kayland Contact (which worked very well, just heavy) and now the Salomon Mid Synapse. They are light, required very little break-in (at least for my foot)and I have put about 70-100 miles on inlcuding some very rocky terrain in PA on the Mid State Trail south of State College. Backpack weight of 20-25 lbs on all trips to this point. Also, I'm only 5'6 and 153 lbs. I only add that information because I think someone's starting weight may deter them from a lighter shoe as there is less support but for me they have worked well. I can tell that they will wear more quickly than my Kayland Contact boot but that is the sacrifice with reduced weight of the shoe. Overall, very happy with my selection.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
GET YOUR HIKE ON! 20 Mar. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Colour Name: BlackSize Name: 9 UK Verified Purchase
There is a reason Backpacker Magazine Editors like these, they are great. Salomon makes a great product, one day walking and they already felt broke in. Two weeks later 7.5mile hike in 2.5 hours with 45lb pack and no blisters, no plantar faciatis, no major aches or pains, good traction, light weight and most importantly comfortable. Not as much ankle support as my GTX 4D Salomon Boots but heck these are just a mid. All in all these will make the trip many a time on my feet.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
These are great! 26 Jan. 2014
By An Amazon Customer - Published on
Verified Purchase
It is nearly impossible to find a non-waterproof, Non-gortex hiking boot (in fact I have never found one, but these).
I am in love with these!

Waterproof/Gortex will make boots incredibly HOT, something you dont want for hiking in a desert.

These boots are not hot. I wanted to be able to wear thin wool hiking socks to keep sweat down, & keep stink down, but my feet would have been in an oven with any other boot.

This weekend, I backpacked in the mountains & no problem, no pain. Yeah! The material is a little slick on the outside, so i was able to push away cactus from the trail (prickly pear, staghorn), but still didnt have any cactus spines penetrate the boot. Ditto, the trail was dusty, but no dust got in the boot. I carried a 24# backpack.

Now, originally when I ordered these a month ago, they were a bit tight in the toebox & I taped my toe (that I broke 7 years ago & can rub with certain shoes), but apparently these stretch just a tiny bit (like 2 millimeters), enough for me, to prevent rubbing & having to tape anymore.

These are the best hiking boots I've ever had for Arizona/ desert climes. However, these are not a military type boot, they are very lightweight.

To prevent the sensation of rocks under the sole, I added the blue Superfeet (under the stock insole). Superfeet are a very rigid hard plastic insert, & I didn't feel any rocks poking me under my feet (& I am over 200#).

I just ordered another pair to have a spare (because I think Salomon is now only making this boot with [drumroll], sigh, Gortex-like material).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hiking or traveling 13 Nov. 2013
By KC - Published on
Colour Name: BlackSize Name: 10.5 UK Verified Purchase
I like to wear this shoe through the airport on my travel days for some reason. I use a custom insole for added support. It fits as expected, not too narrow or wide or anything. I have not personally used it for the purposes of heavy rucking or hiking yet, but I was on an event with 2 folks who used this for a 24-hr endurance challenge with 30-40lbs load out at 20 degree temperature and hiking/mountain terrain and they were pleased.
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