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Salomon Excentrek

rated 3.50 of 5 stars

The Excentrek has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best approach shoes for 2022.

photo: Salomon Excentrek approach shoe

Specs

Men's
Price Historic Range: $49.95-$59.95
Women's
Price Historic Range: $34.95-$59.95

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rated 3.50 of 5 stars average rating


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Superb shoe with many capabilities. Hard wearing X-hiking shoe with long life if kept out of water

Materials: Unknown
Use: X-hiking shoe
Price Paid: around £50

Leather and mesh upper.
Padded tongue.
Quick-drying lining.
Molded foam footbed.
Super Texon® insole for stability.
Full foot shock absorbing PU midsole.
Contagrip® CX outsole for traction.
Wt. 2lbs. 12oz.

I bought this shoe hoping it would make for good approach footwear with moderate rock climbing ability. After looking at the Exit Low, I decided the Exentric had better overall support (probably due to the leather upper). The Exit felt too much like a runner.

I've had a heck of a time finding a decent lightweight approach shoe due to my narrow heel. But the Exentrics fit very well. Unfortunately, the roomy toe-box makes for sloppy climbing (particulary edging). Also, the outsole lends itself more to dirt and mud than rock. This aside, I managed to do a grade II 5.4 rock climb in them.

For those with narrow heels who expect to spend most of their time on dirt with a light to moderate (20-25 lbs) load, this may be a good shoe. Note that it is not waterproof (and cannot be made so).

For those expecting any kind of rock performance, look elsewhere.

Materials: Leather upper w/ventilationg mesh
Use: Light day hiker
Break-in Period: zero
Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz
Price Paid: $99 Cdn.

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