Even if you’re an avid trail runner with your nose in all industry news, you may not have heard of Salming shoes…yet. Although popular in Europe, the Swedish shoe brand has only recently made its way over to the US (a little over two years ago), but is starting to pick up steam.
Marketing itself as a “no nonsense” brand, Salming debuted its latest offering on Friday, the OT Comp (off-trail competition) sneaker. Made in partnership with Michelin, a footwear and technical soles brand, the trail running shoe was created to be lightweight, agile and built with notable traction features.
Last Fall, the brand’s Trail5 shoe was named best “Performance Trail Running Footwear” at ISPO Munich; the OT Comp is its follow-up. “The versatility in this shoe is incredible,” said Salming North American CEO David Field. “In my opinion there isn’t a better shoe on the market today for obstacle course racing, and certainly nothing in its class for swim run events. I expect the OT Comp will become the premiere shoe for athletes looking for a competitive edge in technical events like these.”
The lug design of the outsole was inspired by Michelin’s mountain bike and motorbike tires, Wild Mud and Starcross 5. The lugs were crafted for maximum saturation in mud when searching for grip and harder ground. And the small difference in height in the lug allows for even better penetration. At its arch, the shoe’s tread design offers more control, stability and traction on obstacles.
Michelins OCX (Extreme Outdoor Compound) makes up the rubber compound used in the OT Comp’s outsole and features an extreme adherence on wet-slippery surfaces due to its unique sticky compound. The sneaker’s upper has a lightweight, mesh body for improved water drainage and breathability. To protect your foot and shoe, the side areas exposed to the wear and tear of rugged terrain has added RocShield reinforcement areas.
If you’ve tried these new kicks, let us know your thoughts. If you haven’t, you can purchase a pair online at ShopSalmingUSA.com starting at around $130.