Salomon Uma Trois Boots are 'Sporty, Sexy, Sleek'

By CHELSEY MAGNESS

Form-fitting, sleek, warm, sporty, sexy, and fast. Those adjectives rarely apply together in reference to footwear. But my winter trompers of choice this year, the Uma Trois boots from Salomon, take on all those descriptors with pride. The hybrid boot rides the performance/style line as good as anything I’ve ever pulled on over wool socks.

In Bend, Ore., my home town, I bike everywhere on errands during the week. These low-profile boots are perfect for semi-casual rides with platform pedals. Hiking in snow, the boots’ Thinsulate insulation and softshell outer fabric keep me warm almost from the knees down.

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Author strikes a pose with boots on

The boots zip on and hug my calves. There’s a leather footbed for comfort. Underfoot, the Uma Trois have a tech outsole, Salomon’s Contagrip pattern, which grips with a trail-runner-like grid that’s fast enough for casual winter runs.

As a bonus, the boots are stylish. They work well for general winter use, but they don’t scream “snow boots” like more traditional models I own.

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Uma Trois Winter Boots

All plusses aside, the Uma Trois boots are not made for anything too serious outside. Climbing, winter camping, or even just long day hikes in deep snow are out. The boots are not crampon compatible and they are not waterproof — they are softshell boots that balance warmth with letting your feet breathe.

Fit is on the narrow side. You want a slender foot for these. Also, women with large calves might think these boots too snug on the legs.

At $144 retail, the Uma Trois are not cheap, though fairly priced. They are super comfy and super stylish. Salomon makes good footwear, too, so these “sleek, sexy, fast” boots should last you for years.

—Chelsey Magness is a reporter for GearJunkie.com and a member of our adventure-racing squad, Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers. She is based in Bend, Ore.

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Softshell uppers and a low-profile sole

Posted by Darren Cripps - 01/11/2012 12:49 PM

Reckon they would be amazing if they were waterproof….otherwise, I simply cannot see the point….

Posted by sam - 01/11/2012 01:38 PM

Looks like zipper goes too far down… seems like could b trouble in sloshy snow… but they look hot…:(

Posted by John - 01/12/2012 09:30 AM

Looks very dangerous with no ankle support at all

Posted by Chelsey Magness - 01/12/2012 07:50 PM

These boots actually feel very nice and supportive – as I stated in the review they are not your hard core boot… rather your everyday wear on the town boot. I am loving them.

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