An excellent walking shoe for dry weather, the Exit 2 Aero ticks most of the walking shoe boxes: reasonably stiff sole, good tread pattern, great heel hold. It’s let down by a lack of a waterproof lining (although Gore-Tex versions are available) which reduces its usability in the rain. The absence of a membrane coupled with the mesh design does make them much cooler in warmer conditions, though. The heel section is well-supported and really helps keep your ankle wedged in position while the ankle is well-padded, too. The stiff sole works well on rocky paths and uneven ground, stopping every little stone from being felt on the inside, and the tread pattern is aggressive enough for coping with muddy conditions – it’s just a shame the upper isn’t.
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01276 404 860; www.salomon.com
• Review from Country Walking magazine, June ’11