Confidence is key when running in extreme terrain. Therefore, developing the ultimate off trail performance shoe OT Comp (Off Trail Competition), Salming teamed up with technical soles authority Michelin in order to create a lightweight agile self-cleaning shoe with excellent traction that cater to the needs of orienteering, OCR and Swimrun athletes – meaning traction and adaptability combined!
The lug design of the outsole is inspired by a mix of Michelin’s critically acclaimed mountainbike and motorbike tires; Wild Mud and Starcross 5. The lugs are constructed for maximum penetration in mud when searching for harder ground and grip. The small difference in height, built into the lugs itself, allows for excellent penetration. At the arch there’s a tread design for stability, control and traction on obstacles.
The base structure that connects the outsole to the midsole, adopt the Michelin Fiber Lite Technology construction that enables extreme lightness through a very thin but very durable textile layer. The Michelin Fiber Lite Technology derives from Michelins tire making experience, where the tire structure is partially made of fiber. These areas are recognized on the outsole as the embossed downwards areas with a clear textile texture surface.
The rubber used in the OT Comp outsole is Michelins OCX - Extreme Outdoor Compound - which features an extreme adherence on wet slippery surfaces due to its special sticky compound.
The upper construction has a lightweight mesh body allowing excellent water drainage and breathability. The side areas exposed to the wear and tear of rugged terrain has an added RocShield™ reinforcement areas, protecting your foot and shoe. The Midsole features the Salming DNA of the Torsion Guidance System 62/75° (TGS62/75°) – the distance from heel to the ball of foot (62% of the shoe) has been designed to offer an optimized rear foot stability, which ends up in a so called “ballet” line, inserted at a 75° angle. The TGS 62/75° technology assures that the shoe bends in exactly the right places. The midsole of OT Comp is Salmings critically acclaimed RunLite compound, also found on Salming Elements, its predecessor. The RunLite midsole is made thin to enable the mind to read the ground underneath your foot (Proprioception being part of Salming Running Wheel™) but still with enough cushion properties to make your run comfortable. The drop is 4mm.
Athletes and Salming ambassadors that has taken part in the wear test program and provided their valuable insight feedback are World Orienteering Champions Daniel Hubman, Switzerland and Fredrik Bakkman of Sweden. On the Swimrun side Swedish Pro Triathlete Jonas Colting has participated.