Reply to "2018 Salomons and why they rock"

Follow up to my initial review.   

I finally got to both cycle and wear these in the woods.
As suspected, they are not great for cycling even with a pedal with aggressive grip(Raceface Chester, if you care), the harder rubber sole just slides a bit too much until I get full weight on to engage the grippy bits of the pedal.

Night ops training last weekend, I wore them all day on concrete, swampy grass, muddy logging road and cross-country in a night lane. Oh and in Shoobe's truck for the 5+ hour drive.
Going into the course I had acquired a foot injury, unrelated to the boot, I have a bunion on my right foot and had a flare up in the connective tissues.   Wearing the boot actually helped, very supportive and I was able to snug up the laces and immobilize it for the movement portions. My foot still hurt but I was very effectively able to move unlike my daily footwear. 

Like I said, these wear like a trail runner, the low cut gave me good articulation at the ankle and the stiffness of the outer gave me good support and protection in the movement phases.  The tread provided good traction on the swampy grass and mud of the logging road. Logging road is fairly steep and had no problems keeping upright moving at night w/ full assault pack under NODs.

The lightness of these was great for the night movement portions. Gave a better feel moving in the darkness, I find heavier boots lessen the sensation and you end up kicking over rock and sticks and making a racket and shit.  These are light enough that when you foot hits something, you notice and can react,  you don't go crashing thru it like a pendulum.

Buy these boots!

 

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