The Salomon Comet 3D GTX is a very lightweight boot, tipping the scales at 1322g (pair, size 11), which is some 200g less than the Asolo Flame for example. But with that weight loss comes a change in character, as this instantly feels softer and less robust than its heavier competitors. The upper is mostly fabric with some leather overlays, and the boot is slightly softer around the toe box than others, but you do get a good rubber rand at the toe. The heel cup is a little softer than others too. The effect of this softer upper is great comfort straight away but a feeling of less protection on rockier ground. Underfoot the sole lacks a substantial heel breast but it does have a good set of lugs for keeping a grip in mud. The flex of the sole is softer than some others, but it’s nicely graduated to create quite a relaxed walking action. On rockier ground the more flexible upper and sole make the Salomon Comet 3D GTX less appealing, unless you like the sensation of your foot having to work harder, so I’d prefer to use it on moorland or good hill paths, while on rockier ground I’d choose other boots.
Upper materials nubuck leather, synthetic textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Contagrip, 3D Advanced Chassis
Men’s sizes 6.5-12.5
Women’s sizes 3.5-8.5
Weight 1322g (pair, size 11)
The Salomon Comet 3D GTX is a very lightweight boot that is ideal for valley and easier paths, but stiffer boots have advantages on rockier ground.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013