Out of idle interest, this afternoon, I weighed my current boot collection. From the left I have: the Ecco Biom Terrain (573g), Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX (428g), Salomon Fastpacker GTX (481g) and the Ecco Biom Hike Mid (606g). All were weighed without a footbed to aid comparability. The Fastpackers have now been retired to gardening boots and have a few grams of mud that I couldn’t be bothered to clean off 🙂 .
Over the past week or so I’ve been using the Ecco Biom Terrains for dog walks, comparing occasionally with the Salomon X Ultras. The Terrains are very comfortable and need next to no breaking in. Of the four boots they have the least cushioning and might be a bit hard underfoot of long road walks (I’ve not gone far enough to tell). They feel very stable with a positive grip.
The X Ultras are quite soft and more cushioned underfoot. I suspect these would be less fatiguing on long days. They feel like trail shoes except for the ankle cut. At the moment, for the TGO Challenge, I expect I will use the Biom Hikes, as they combine underfoot cushioning and superior water resistance, but we shall see.