OT Comp – Off Trail Competition!
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.
The upper is designed with a 2 layer sandwich construction and an ExoSkeleton construction on top of that. The first inner layer next to the foot has a big air mesh featured in order to create a comfortable plush feel. On top of that is a thin net mesh that enables an excellent water drainage but at the same time keeping out sand and gravel. The outer layer is an ExoSkeleton unit which has the lacing area integrated into it, holding the foot in place and creating an unsurpassed fit.
The distance from heel to the ball of foot (62% of the shoe) has been designed with extra stability, which ends in the so-called “ballet” line, a 75° angle. In front of the 75° line, we have equipped the shoe with greater flexibility to stimulate the foot’s natural movements. The TGS 62/75° feature assures that the shoe bends in exactly the right places, stimulating the foot’s natural lateral and forward movements.
The Exo Skeleton design stabilizes the foot in lateral movements and relieves pressure at the MTP joints (Metatarsophalangeal joints). This part of the design construction eliminates friction and reduces the impact of the side forces in the soft parts of the foot, especially underneath the forefoot.
The midsole features the RunLite™ foam midsole material which offers lower weight and better energy return from the very first step.
Heel drop is essentially a measurement for how fat a running shoe’s heel feels. It’s short for “heel to toe drop,” shortened to “drop.” It tells you how much taller the heel is than the forefoot. Example: A shoe with a 22-mm thick heel and a 18-mm thick forefoot will have a 4-mm heel-toe drop. Salming Running shoes never has higher drop than 6mm as we believe a higher drop negatively interferes with your natural running stride and makes it hard to find a perfect running form.
Our heel cup is specifically designed to add minimal weight to your shoes, creating a transformable, adaptive fit.
The rubber compound used in the OT Comp outsole is the Michelin OCX - Extreme Outdoor Compound - which features an extreme adherence on wet slippery surfaces due to its special sticky compound.
A special PU area covering the lower part of the shoe upper protecting it from sharp rocks and branches thus both increasing the durability of the shoe and adds confidence to the runner.