REPOST: OWNER REVIEW: Salomon Women's GCS Comp Trail Running
- Salomon Women's GCS Comp Trail Running Shoe
Name: Jo Ann Moffi
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg)
Shoe Size: US 8 women's
Email address: jomoffi AT gmail DOT com
City, State, Country: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Date: August 23, 2006
I was introduced to backpacking about 15 years ago when I met my
husband. We have been backpacking, canoe camping, car camping, hiking,
and participating in all sorts of outdoor activities ever since. We
live in a border town (US & Canada), so we spend lots of time in both
countries for our outdoor excursions. My most recent foray has been
into Adventure Racing. When making a decision on gear, I like to go
lightweight and practical. I don't like to carry around extraneous
bits and pieces.
Year of manufacture: 2005
URL: http://www.salomonsports.com/ <http://www.salomonsports.com/>
Listed weight: 1lb 9 oz (720 g) per pair
Weight as delivered: 1lb 9 oz (720 g) per pair
Material: Sandwich mesh
Sole: Running Contagrip, Ground Control System
Recommended Use: Adventure racing, mountain running, off trail
Colors Available: Tomcat/Bleu Gris/Cristal -- this review, and
Warranty: 1 year
This shoe was designed by Salomon and women athletes for advanced
off-trail running. The technology Salomon has incorporated in this
- Advanced Chassis stability system that prevents wasted energy while
running through lateral support
- Ground Control Shock absorption system that provides a consistently
stable base without energy loss in the running stride, improved
cushioning, and reduction in torsional loads on the ankle and knees
- Lightweight, breathable materials for ventilation
- Mudguard to prevent seepage
- Speed Lace system for quick lacing and a perfect fit
- Specific last, collar shape and sole hardness based on women's input
- Contagrip sole that combines several different hardensses to provide
the perfect blend of grip and durability when used over mixed terrain
at high speeds
- Forefoot flex grooves, self-cleaning lugs, and defined toe off and
braking lugs are all features of the outsole that have been field and
race tested to tackle any terrain
Bottom line from Salomon: the shoe adapts to the ground, so the foot
doesn't have to.
My Opinion on the Look:
The shoe is an attractive grey and blue colour. The bottom 1/3 of the
shoe is grey synthetic leather material, the mesh portion is a dusky
blue colour that covers the toes and runs along the sides of the shoe.
The tongue is also made of the mesh material; although it is padded
with the same material as the insides of the shoe along the heel and
the back 1/3 of the foot. The mesh portion is only permeable along the
front 2/3 of the shoe where it is unlined on the inside of the shoe.
The soles are black and grey with Salomon's Contagrip pattern. The
heel portion of the sole has four round yellow rubber 'nuts', which
extend up into the sole. The back portion of the rubber right under
the heel is a clear rubber and these yellow 'nuts' can be seen through
the rubber. I would think they are a shock compression detail of the
shoe. The dirt does not show significantly on the shoes and they are
easy to clean with a little water and rubbing with my fingers. The
quick lacing system is a thinner than usual lace with a plastic slider
that is pressed and slides along the lace to tighten. It is laced as a
regular running shoe is; the plastic slider replaces the bow or knot.
The tongue has a pocket where the quick lacing system's slider tucks
into to keep it from flopping around.
Location or locations where the shoes were worn:
In and around Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, upper Michigan, and Anchorage,
Description of Location(s):
In Sault Ste Marie and upper Michigan I used these shoes for running
on snow -- both hard packed and slushy, pavement, concrete, dirt
trails, muddy trails, gravel trails and roads. In Alaska I used these
on hard packed snow, slushy snow over paved trails, concrete,
pavement, gravel trails, and muddy trails. Distance ranged from 2 km
(1.2 miles) to 10 km (6.2 miles).
Most of the terrain was level with gradual inclines/declines, some of
the hard packed snow trails were uneven and rough from previous users,
the same goes for the muddy and slushy trails. I have also used these
shoes for walking/hiking the Lake Superior shoreline, in sand, over
rocks, through the bush and brush on game trails. I wore these shoes
pretty consistently for about 4 months, logging about 300 km (186 miles).
Anything from sunny early spring to rain/wet snow. Temperatures ranged
from 14 F (-10 C) to 49 F (15 C).
These shoes were purchased in late winter/early spring of 2006. I am
going from road running to trail running and I was looking for (a)
something that was going to provide more support than my regular
running shoes, (b) a shoe that will help keep my perpetually hot feet
cool, and (c) not cause blisters or pressure sores.
I was very happy that there was no break-in period with these shoes,
no rub spots, no pressure areas. This to me is a sign that I have got
the right fit for my feet and the shoe is well made. I purchased a
size 7.5, a half size smaller than I usually do based on some other
online recommendations. The shoes fit extremely well from the first
time I put them on. The lacing system was a bit to get used to, I
don't like my shoes really tight over the top of my metatarsals
because I'm prone to neuromas in that area. The manufacturer suggests
just pulling on the lace system to tighten them and they will self
adjust to be evenly snug, where as I am pulling up on the first couple
of lace crossings at the toe to keep the pressure off that area. The
toe box is a bit narrower than any other shoe I have owned.
Performance wise, these are great shoes. They are very comfortable to
run in. However, I was disappointed the mesh over the toes. It lets a
significant amount of sand and dirt filter through. After one 1 km
(0.62 mile) trek on a sandy beach my socks and toes were gritty with
sand. This also occurs after walking or running on dusty roads. I
would anticipate that if I wore these shoes for a run along a beach,
and then continued for any distance without dealing with the sand I
would end up with sores around my toes. I have avoided using these in
conditions that have a lot of sand or small particulate that ends up
filtering through the mesh of the shoe. After about a month of wearing
them for running and trekking, both shoes developed a squeak under the
little plastic portions of the lacing system which has not gone away.
My original reasons for buying these shoes were for more support,
keeping my feet cool, and not causing any blisters. The shoes met my
expectations in these areas. My shoe expectations have changed as a
result of these shoes. I would not buy these shoes again. Since the
sand and dust gets in so easily, any pair of socks I wear with them
come out dirty after being in the shoes for even a short period of
time. I am still happy with the comfort and performance of the shoe
and I will continue to wear them until they wear out.
- Hi Ray,
Here's the link to my OR in the test folder:
Thanks again for all your help,
- Here we go Jo Ann.
Your HTML looks very good. The only thing I notice is the photo seems
to be from a web site. It is OK to use a photo from the manufacturer
but you need to give them credit for it. If it is from a retailer it
can not be used. Of course any pics of your own are no problem.
After you change that you can put your review here;
Congratulations, and I will look forward to your next review.