As Salomon’s known for its lightweight footwear, it’s not surprising the Comet 3D GTX is the second lightest boot in our test – only pipped to the post by Zamberlan (by 4g) – and this is something that you notice as soon as you put them on. With a lot of cushioning underfoot they are immediately comfortable. The fit is fairly wide though and I found my narrow foot moved around a lot, which make this a good option for those with broader feet. The uppers are a mix of leather and fabric, making this a more modern-looking boot, though with more stitching than others durability could be an issue long-term. A waterproof Gore-Tex lining helps keep feet dry. I found when walking uphill that the fabric at the forefoot dug uncomfortably into the top of my toes when the boot flexed, so it’s worth trying them on to check this. The toe box is fairly stiff, though not as much as others on test, but a rubber rand helps give protection. At the back the heel is reinforced but does not offer as much support as other models here. The sole unit is quite bendy so you do feel more underfoot but the lugs are widely spaced and aggressive, helping with grip on muddy ground while preventing a large build-up of debris. The Salomon Comet 3D GTX has a heel breast but this is not as pronounced as others.
Weight 1015g (pair, size 6)
Upper materials waterproof nubuck leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
Sole unit ContaGrip
Womens sizes 3.5-8.5
Mens sizes 7-12.5
The Salomon Comet 3D GTX is a lightweight boot that would be a good choice for those looking for a bendy sole and wide fit.
Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine August 2012