BEST FOR: Long Hauls
Salomon added two polyurethane strips to the outsole of these rockered, mesh-uppered kicks, so they’re not only surprisingly airy at 13.8 ounces, but also stiff and supportive enough to carry medium-weight loads. We liked how the Synapses’ midheight cuff kept out scree and debris, but the shoes could have used traditional laces. The speed laces tighten via a cord lock and had a habit of loosening on long downhills. Still, these shoes were the testers’ choice for hard days on the trail.