Salomon Exit 2 Peak 2011

The Salomon Exit 2 Peak is a relatively low-priced shoe compared to some options, but you still get reasonable performance. So the upper offers good protection and it should be durable, thanks to the use of minimal mesh and extensive areas of suede leather coupled with not too much stitching. There is an extra synthetic overlay around the toe too. The heel cup offers plenty of support while the remainder of the upper gives enough support to make this useful for general activity. Underfoot there is a good layer of cushioning. The sole unit has widely spaced lugs that are deep enough to give a good grip. Sole stiffness is okay for general use. A waterproof lining completes a good general shoe for a variety of outdoor activities. But the sole, the toe box and the upper of the Salomon Exit 2 Peak are all a little less stiff than some higher-priced shoes; and while this is okay, some people may prefer the extra support offered by other shoes, particularly for rockier terrain. Equally an upper of more durable leather may benefit harder users. So if you want a shoe to take you over rockier hills, this is probably not the best option despite the excellent price.

Upper suede leather, synthetic overlays, mesh; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Contagrip rubber, 2D advanced chassis, EVA cushioning
Sizes 6½-12½ (men’s); 38-42 (women’s)
Weight 1004g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 28

The Salomon Exit 2 Peak is a well-priced good general outdoor shoe, as long as you are not going to hammer it too hard on rockier ground.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011