'Great choice for walkers who want more ankle protection than you'd get for a shoe, but don't feel the need for one of Salomon's classic higher-ankled boots'
Outdoors Magic: Light, magic fit, just enough support, decent grip on dry to medium terrain, Gore-Tex liner, and did we mention light?
Outdoors Tragic: Less sophisticated than Salomon's more expensive models, less durable than heavier boots.
Outdoors Grabbit? Salomon's built a great reputation for lightweight outdoor footwear that's still decently supportive and the Evasion Mid is right on message. It's a great choice if you want a little more protection than a shoe, but not a full boot. The fit works well for us with great ankle hold and a medium forefoot and the Contragrip sole is grippy enough for most conditions bar full-on slop. It won't suit more traditionally-minded, stiff-sole aficionados, but if you want light and nimble and it fits your feet, it's a great choice.
Lightweight hiking and backpacking mid / waterproof split suede leather upper / Sensifit cradle / protective rubber heel and toe-cap / Gore-Tex waterproof lining / injected EVA mid-sole / Contragrip outsole
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Salomon Evasion Mid GTX Boot | Performance
Salomon's built an enviable reputation for light, supportive trail footwear that takes technology from their running range and applies it to hiking. Boots like the classic Quest manage to be quite high-ankled, but also also light and nimble.
The Evasion Mid is simpler and lower, think of it as a higher version of a hiking shoe with a little more ankle protection and you won't go far wrong. It's light, under 1000g for a pair of size 43s and feels immediately familiar if you've used other Salomon boots.
There's good heel hold and a medium width and volume forefoot that works for a lot of people including the editorial test foot.
In use we found it properly comfortable. Supportive enough for us with good underfoot cushioning even on harder surfaces. And with reasonable grip on firm to medium surfaces. We did find we needed to tweak lacing tension to keep the ankle cuff comfortable and prevent it digging in on descents, but once done, the Evasion simply blended into the background and got on with being unobtrusively capable.
The flexible sole unit does give reasonable sideways support, but it won't appeal to walkers who prefer a more traditional, stiffer sole on rougher ground. Equally although it does have rubber heel and toe-caps, we wouldn't expect the Evasion to be as durable as heavier boots.
Salomon Evasion Mid GTX Boot | Verdict
Light and capable, we found the Evasion Mid was a good alternative to a lightweight trail shoe for those who want a little more ankle protection.
We liked the typically secure and comfortable Salomon fit, found it had just enough stiffness and cushioning for all-round walking use below the snowline for those happy with lighter footwear and appreciated the Gore-Tex liner too.
Not one for those who rely on sole stiffness to cope with rockier conditions underfoot, but a good option for those who fall somewhere between shoes and boots in their walking footwear preferences.