One of our favourite stands at the OutDoor trade show in Germany last

month was Salomon's.

We had a quick whisk through the entire range starting with the Techamphibian shoes

below made from mesh with water-shedding uppers and sole units

incorporating special fissures in the rubber of the outsole to give

reliable grip on slippy, wet rock.

Salomon Techamphibian 2010

There's a new leather version out the for spring 2010 and, as you can

see, the heel section folds down so the shoe can be worn like a quick

and dirty flip-flop. The sole unit's also non-marking, making it ideal

for indoor use.

Salomon Elios 2 GTX

There's also a completely re-styled version of the Elios and Elios Mid shoes

called the Elios 2. They have new, more modern cosmetics, a new last

with more volume - the original was quite narrow - and a new insole

incorporating EVA cushioning plus a padded 3D tongue for instant


Salomon Elios 2 Mid GTX

Like we said, we're impressed with the Quest trekking boot, which, it

turns out, is based on the US-market last and foot shape and therefore

has more internal space. Completely new though is the rabidly orange Wings Sky GTX mid

which is based on the Wings. It's extremely light and is basically a

running shoe with a high ankle cuff.

Salomon Wings Sky GTX

Our favourite though is the new XA

Pro 3D Mid Ultra which, as you've probably guessed, is

basically a high -ankled XA Pro trail-runnng shoe.

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra women 2010

That's the women's version above looking slick in black and with a

powder blue stretch heel cuff to keep the debris out, and below is the

men's incarnation of the new shoe. We reckon they should make a

cracking lightweight trail-boot come shoe.

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2010

A couple more, this is the new Tracks

shoe, a very soft, comfortable, cushioned runner.

Salomon Tracks shoes 2010

There are also lots of new colours for the classic XA Pros

trail-running / adventure-racing shoe, but completely new is the XA Pro 5 which uses

a very wide last along with EVA cushioning and then there's the XT Whisper 2 which

Salomon says is the world's lightest fitness shoe.

Most interesting though is the new Relax

recovery shoe. It's a multi-coloured, mesh-uppered slip-on that's

designed specifically to be slipped on after hardcore events to help

rejuvenate your feet. Looks awesome in a very bright way and might even

make a cracking hut/tent shoe.

Salomon Relax recovery shoe 2010

All the above available early in 2010.