Salomon Predict Hike Mid GTX

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Editor’s Conclusion
Salomon shoes have long been known for their great traction and comfort. Their running and hiking shoes are loved by outdoor enthusiasts. If the name “Predict” sounds familiar to you, I’m not surprised. The Predict is one of Salomon’s most popular running shoes. Lucky for you, Salomon has revamped, updated, and enhanced this style to create a comfortable and durable hiking boot.

The Predict Hike is intuitive. It is aptly named, as it predicts your next step and almost propels you into it. It offers the same great comforts you have come to expect from this brand, as well as impressive traction, durability, and flexibility.
Salomon Predict Hike Mid GTX Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Flexible

Intuitive

Traditional lacing for a great fit

Made from recycled materials

Great for versatile trails

Lightweight

Cons

Not ideal for technical trails

Key Features

Comfort

Weighing in at 376 grams (or approximately 13 ounces), you won’t feel like these boots are bogging you down at all. You will still be able to lift, swing, and jump without adding an extra workout into the mix.

There is also a lot of cushioning built into these boots. The patented Energy Surge technology provides comfortable and flexible cushioning in all the right places. The midsole is made from a blend of EVA and OBC foam that is bouncy, responsive, and has a great return. As one more added comfort bonus, the Ortholite insole contours to your foot and provides a great fit and feel.

The heel stack is 35.5mm and the forefoot stack is 24.5mm, giving the Predict Hike a heel-to-toe drop of 11mm. This is great for people with a strong heel strike. It absolutely doesn’t provide the barefoot hiking feeling, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It all depends on your preferences.

Fit

The traditional lacing is finished with a couple of hooks at the very top. This allows you to pull the boots as tight as you wish and tighten them around your ankle. The mid cut collar is easy to slide your foot into thanks to the heel tab that is about halfway down the shoe.

In terms of sizing, Salomon has been known for producing shoes that are slightly narrow. Because of this, you may want to order a half size up. Also, considering that this is a hiking boot and you will be wearing hiking socks or that your feet might swell, ordering even a full size up is advisable.

Features

As I mentioned before, the name of this boot is spot on. It predicts your next step and encourages you in that direction. The Anatomic Decoupling (independent platform at the heel of the outsole) is specially designed to push you forward with each stride. Obviously, these boots won’t do the walking for you, but they will help to prevent fatigue.

A great feature that I look for in all hiking boots is their waterproofness. The Predict Hike is equipped with a Gore-Tex treatment that is PFCec free. To make a long story short, this means that the treatment does not contain any fluoropolymers that harm the environment.

Speaking of the environment, these shoes are very sustainable. They are largely made from recycled materials, including material waste and bottles. Look good and feel good doing it.

Durability

The materials used to manufacture these shoes are of great quality. You would be hard-pressed to scrape, rip, or tear these boots. The upper is made from textile and synthetic materials. The lining is made from polyester MCL. The outsole, like all good hiking shoes, is made from rubber.

As far as a warranty or returns, Salomon has a detailed explanation on their site. Here is a shortened and simplified version: If you receive the shoes and do not like the way they look, the fit, or how they feel, you can return the unworn pair within 14 days for a quick and easy refund. Once Salomon receives the return, your money will be reimbursed within 48 hours.

If you love the shoes but have a manufacturing issue down the line, there is a two-year warranty. There are many stipulations about what it covers, but it’s always good to know there’s a bit of built-in security.

Stability and Traction

The mid collar of the Predict Hike provides great stability and ankle protection. The laces go up to the top of the shoe, allowing you to customize the tightness of the collar. All of the comfort and fit features work together here to help you feel secure in these boots.

In terms of traction, this shoe is a great choice for wet, dry, hard, or loose trails. There is plenty of flexibility that makes ascents and descents easy to tackle. The rubber outsole includes Contragrip MA technology.

Comparison to Similar Hiking Shoes

Another popular option from Salomon is the Cross Hike Mid boot. It is a bit more heavy-duty than the Predict. It has multidirectional lugs and is ideal for mixed and technical trails. It has mesh and rubber built into it that acts as a debris guard.

Similar to the Predict, it also boasts a Gore-Tex treatment. There is a sort of bungee lacing system that allows you to tighten and loosen them easily. However, in my opinion, nothing beats traditional laces. These have a 10mm heel-to-toe drop and weigh 396 grams.

Hard to ignore, the Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid is a comfortable, durable, and versatile boot. It features an ADV- C chassis, which enhances stability, and the same Contragrip MA outsole as the Predict.

It has a waterproof Gore-Tex treatment and the leather panels of the shoe are finished with a polyurethane treatment to make it even more durable. They have the same 11mm drop, but weigh quite a bit more than the Predict, at 425 grams.

Verdict

These recently released shoes are a great addition to an already fierce lineup of hiking boots from Salomon. While they are strong and durable, they are not ideal for technical trails. They are good-looking boots and don’t call too much attention to themselves. They are more lightweight than similar Solomon styles, yet still have great features, comfort, and durability, flexibility, and water resistance.

To top it all off, while you are out enjoying the environment, you’re also helping to improve it by wearing these shoes that are made from recycled materials. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for that. These shoes are great companions for easy, loose, muddy, ascending, and descending trails. You can take them just about anywhere.