It’s Salming not Salomon, although both companies are stellar in terms of quality and performance. Literally the second I slipped the Salming OT Comp (Off Trail Competition) on my foot I knew the shoe was something special. It was just so light and comfortable and looked so rad, like a performance track shoe made just for the mud. The mesh fiber embodying the shoe and the aggressive lugs on the bottom looked like they would perform superbly in any condition.
Salming OT Comp Features
Aggressive Sole Lugs – The lugs on these shoes are made for the sloppiest of mud and the steepest of mountains. By the makers of Michelin tires, these soles will have you putting the pedal to the metal while maintaining traction through the mud. However, don’t run on pavement or these lugs will surely wear off.
Mesh Fiber – The upper is composed of a fiber mesh that wicks away moisture as it glides through the air.
Super light weight– 9 ounces
Salming OT Comp Usage
I showed up to this years Atlanta Savage Race with my New Balance Minimus shoes because I know they stay on my feet in mud, are lightweight, and are minimalist, meaning they are good for tip toeing through the forest. I started the race however wearing the Salming OT Comps, and it was like going from a 2012 Toyota Celica to a 2018 Subaru Outback with mud tires, from quick and snug to quick, snug, lean, and mean. Starting around noon the mud puddles had plenty of time to get super sloppy. I took the shoes for all they were worth and stormed straight through every mud slop puddle with a vengeance. The lugs shot through the slop and grabbed onto solid ground as they propelled me to dry ground. The six miles went by quickly. The obstacles were all tackled smoothly with the shoes except for Balls to the Wall, where I wish I would of had my Minimus’ on because they are good on the climbing holds. The OT Comps don’t have as much of a pointed toe as the Minimus’, however, for everything else, they were superior in ability.
Salming OT Comp Durability
As long as they are used off road, they will last a long time. They are made just for mud and trails.
Salming OT Comp Pros and Cons
- Although they are comfortable, at least for up to six miles, there is not much support in terms of arch. My feet hurt for a week. They will take some time to break them in.
Salming OT Comp Conclusion
The Salming OT Comp is fresh to the OCR world and has come on strong. They made this shoe just for mud runs and wicked terrain. The Michelin soles and their extreme lugs hold their own to any shoe out there. I would definitely recommend them to any OCR athlete or even ultra trail runner for that matter. I just recommend breaking them in and doing some short runs before going on any long runs in them. They are gorgeous, sharp looking, and in comparison with other OCR shoes, they are affordable.