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Preview: Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown || Altra Lone Peak alternative

The Odyssey Triple Crown is the successor to the Odyssey Pro, with which it has more similarities than differences.

The Salomon Odyssey Pro (my review) is somewhat unique: instead of being a trail running shoe that has been adopted by hikers, it’s a hiking shoe that has the comfort, breathability, and weight of a trail runner.

In spring 2019 Salomon will release the second generation Odyssey, the Odyssey Triple Crown. The target market is not subtle: thru-hikers (and other backpackers with a similar focus and style) who prefer most things about a trail running shoe, but who would benefit from hiking-specific touches like additional heel cup stability, tougher materials and construction, and a more wear-resistant outsole.

Salomon denied that the Odyssey is its answer to the Altra Lone Peak (my preview of the 4.0), which is the most popular shoe on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. The Odyssey Pro apparently did “really well” at retail, but I’m uncertain that it’s getting Lone Peak-level attention within the hiking community. At least on paper, I think it should.

Odyssey Triple Crown vs Odyssey Pro

The Odyssey Triple Crown could have been named the Odyssey Pro 2.0. It’s not an entirely new model, and it will replace the Pro. I didn’t ask about the reasoning behind the name change, but it makes sense: “Pro” may resonate with trail runners, but “Triple Crown” speaks much more to hikers.

Overall, the two generations are more similar than different. MSRP is still $140. The upper is still a mix of breathable mesh and TPU overlays. The outsole is still made of Contragrip and it retains the same pattern. And, of course, the intended application is the same.

The outsole is made of Contragrip and consists of much more rubber (read: longer lifespan) than a conventional trail running shoe.

But Salomon did make tweaks. It replaced the Vibe EVA midsole with a PU insert, which is lighter and should provide longer-lasting cushion. This switch changed the stack height — it’s now 28mm at the heel and 18mm at the toe (versus 31 and 21 in the Pro), with a 10mm drop.

I thought the Pro had a wide toebox, but the Triple Crown has “a bit more space,” according to press materials.

I thought the toebox of the Pro was roomy, but press materials indicate that the Triple Crown will be even more generous.

Finally, the toe guard and TPU overlays have been beefed up, for improved toe protection and durability.

These changes caused a small weight increase, to 11.6 oz (325 g) for men’s size 9, an increase of just 0.5 oz from the Pro.

The Salomon Triple Crown will be available on February 1, 2019.

The other colorway, for those wanting to attract attention (or be easily found) on the long trails.

Questions about the Odyssey Triple Crown? Leave a comment.


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5 Responses to Preview: Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown || Altra Lone Peak alternative

  1. Paul S August 9, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    If only they made a low/zero drop version, then Salomon could really compete with Altra.

  2. Paul S August 9, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Also I really hope other manufacturers pick up on using PU instead of EVA for light hiking shoes. EVA always packs out and loses its support before the uppers or outsoles wear out.

  3. Gatorbait August 9, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    Is the weight quoted in the article per shoe or for the pair???

    • Andrew Skurka August 9, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

      Per shoe

  4. Travis August 10, 2018 at 8:35 am #

    I wish this was a lower drop. this last with a 4 mm or 0 mm drop would have been amazing. The durability alone would have doubled the life of any Altra is out there. Still wishful they will make changes

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