Founded in 1947, Salomon is a French sporting goods company that has become renowned for its innovative design and passion for footwear, apparel, and equipment for many sports. The latest offering from Salomon’s spring 2019, the Salomon Techamphibian 4 is designed as a technical trail and a water sports shoe. An upgrade from 2018’s Salomon Techamphibian 3, this version features a lighter upper and a more comfortable midsole for the perfect fit. The shoe features a Contragrip seel on the outsole, waterproof upper mesh, a quicklace system, and an EVA midsole that makes a multi-purpose shoe. An interesting feature of this shoe is the adjustable strap on the heel which can be pulled downwards to make the Techamphibian a sandal and pulled up to use it as a trail shoe.
The outsole pattern in the front of the shoe is in the opposite direction to the pattern on the ball, this helps the shoe give a boost to forward movement and also better grip on the heel. The outsole also has teeth on the edges so you can go up and downhill easily. The lugs on the Techamphibian are a good depth as well – 8mm – offering better traction in muddy conditions.
In addition, to quickly tying your laces, the quick lace system is great for making sure that your laces don’t untie during your run. The top part of the toggle is used for sliding down locking the shoe in place while the bottom part is used for sliding up and untying. A rubber sheath keeps the laces in place and can be rolled into the lace garage to keep the laces from getting snagged elsewhere.
The convertible strap at the heel is a staple feature in the Techamphibian series and adds versatility to how the shoe can be worn. Of course, the shoe has been designed as a water and trail shoe but by unstrapping the strip and stepping on the heel, this shoe can be converted into a sandal for casual use.
A few runners reported that the lace was made of a stronger material from most other shoes and can be expected to last longer. Some peeling was observed in the overlays after a few hundred miles which gives it a medium shelf-life but Salomon does have many other super durable options.
Without socks, these shoes are true to size however the seams inside the shoe can scrape your bare feet. It is recommended that you wear moleskin pads, or neoprene socks to protect your feet. But keep in mind that you might need to go up half a size if worn with socks.
While it does not contain excessively large lugs on the outsole, the tread pattern runs in opposite directions and can provide medium traction on rocky terrain. Many reviewers agree that the traction is brilliant on wet and sloppy terrain but you can find shoes with better performance for purely mountainous terrain.
You might wonder how lacing can help a shoe be more stable but in this case, the shoe has a breakaway lace system that prevents the lace from being snagged or tangled with rocks, keeping your feet as secure as possible.
-EVA midsole and foam
-9mm heel drop
-Quick-drying mesh upper