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SALEWA Reviews

Mountain Trainer Mid L
Mountain Trainer Mid L Posted:
Reviewer: from Reno, NV
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

After discovering that a size 10 for Salewa is actually a 10.5, the boots were returned for the larger size (thank you Zappo's!). Once the boots were broke in from a few days of walking around the jobsite, the toe material began collapsing and created a crease inside the boot that produced a constant rub point on my big toe. I returned these boots only to find that it was consistent among all pairs after break in. Too bad, the boot was light weight and laced up good, but did lack the comfort needed for an all day boot. Fortunately I still have my Kenetreks!

Mountain Trainer GTX
Mountain Trainer GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

If you have a bit of a narrow foot and looking for a well constructed and thought out hiker, this is the shoe for you. They are not too heavy and have the sturdiness you need if you are backpacking. I also like that these are a good looking shoe and functional. I typically wear a 10.5 and the 10 was perfect so not to ruin my toes on long decline. Also note that these come with the Salewa guarantee of no blisters. I bought Smartwool PHD light socks with 60% wool. So incredibly comfortable together.

Mountain Trainer
Mountain Trainer Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Salewa makes really good looking and comfortable/functional hikers. These shoes provide excellent support for long-term hiking . They run a bit narrow. And my guess is that they run a little large. After messing with the different footbed choices figured out what worked for me. I continued to waiver between this make and the GTX. I went with the GTX as it was .02 lighter and on sale!!

Wildfire S GTX®
Wildfire S GTX® Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This was my first time trying on Salewa hikers. Of all the brands, I recognized that these shoes were a "good" fit" for my a bit narrow foot. They worked well, but not as comfy as I needed for hiking the Appalachian Trail. While I returned this shoe, I knew that Salewa will be my brand of choice.

Multi Track GTX
Multi Track GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from MI
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I should start off by letting potential buyers I have been looking for a shoe like this for 5+ years. Yeah, crazy I know. I never pulled the trigger because I didn't like anything better than a 14 year old pair of shoes these were intended to replace. This is literally the best shoe I could ask for. The quality is there, the fit is spot on, the style is decent. The shoe does look much better in person. I just got these and took them on a 10 mile mountain bike ride then followed that up with a 3 mile hike/run. The shoe literally does exactly what it was intended to do. Lightweight but not wimpy feeling. Great stability. The sole is fantastic in the conditions I encountered, sand, gravel, rocks, dirt, grass. I imagine it would do well in packed snow as well. GoreTex. Honestly, super excited about this shoe.

Multi Track GTX
Multi Track GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from Northern MN
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I really like these shoes. The quality is outstanding! So far I really like the lacing system and the ease of taking them on/off. I did some light hiking and they performed as expected with excellent grip on loose gravel/dirt. They are lighter than expected and comfortable. I plan on putting them through a thorough test hiking on the North shore of Lake Superior. The only issue I've had is some heel slippage, I have narrow feet and a higher arch so it's to be expected with certain shoes. This is my first time buying this brand and I would definitely recommend it.

Firetail 3 GTX
Firetail 3 GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Will buy again

Firetail 3
Firetail 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from SF Bay Area, CA
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I'm all about about comfort and fit. They're a bit ugly with the single lace eye at the top of the shoe but that didn't matter. My brand is Merrells. 75% of them fit fine on me and other brands don't equal them. I've tried a lot, too. These could have been passable maybe. For the price, I wasn't willing to keep passably comfortable shoes. The laces wouldn't stay tied even though I was wearing shorts! So, these will be going back and I'm grateful to Zappos for their generous return policy. I might try another style of this brand.

Firetail 3
Firetail 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from Florida
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are great shoes. Comfortable right out of the box. Great arch support, especially for overpronation. Only problem, which was significant enough to make me return them is the looseness of the heel cup. The ankle was secure enough because the lacing system allows you to cinch the shoe tightly, but that does nothing for the heel cup, which was way too large, thereby still allowing my foot to move too much in the shoe.

Mountain Trainer
Mountain Trainer Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a 12.5, which means very few shoes actually fit. These in a 12 have been the best active shoe I've ever had - a walking, climbing, doing-nothing shoe that are so comfortable you forget you're wearing them. I hope they never change this particular style!

Firetail 3
Firetail 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Love the look but unfortunately, the toe was a bit to short with a heavier pair of socks for hiking. BUMMER! Returned!

Ultra Train
Ultra Train Posted:
Reviewer: from Maryland
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Terrific shoes. I bought a pair the night before a long trail run (the 4 state challenge on the AT, ~40 miles). No break in time, comfortable right out of the box and all day. I'm no feather (#175) and the AT is pretty rocky in places--these did an awesome job protecting my feet while being light and breathable. I wore mine out hard and fast, using them with heavy packs on rough trails, running on gritty messy trails (the sharp rocks around Maroon Bells), wearing them as weekend grubby shoes (these things are crazy comfortable, and the grey looks OK with jeans--not like the common screaming neon running shoes), and even road running occasionally because they were just more comfortable than my road shoes. After about 350 very hard trail miles (and quite a few more walking miles), the hardface of the soles started to pull away. I wrote to Salewa to let them know that I loved the the shoe and that I thought they might be able to tweak a few things to make them even better (so I could buy them again, forever). 350 miles of abuse isn't bad for lightweight trail runners, but not superlative, either. They said thanks and set me up for a free replacement! Hoosh! They said that they were usually pretty generous to people doing through hikes, and decided let me crash that love. After I wear these freebies out, I'll buy another pair. They are just too comfortable. After that, I'll reassess their durability. But I'll be sad to jump to another brand or shoe--I love these.

Wander Hiker GTX
Wander Hiker GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoes, very well made and extremely comfortable. They look even better then the picture. Important to note which is why I am writing this review, is that they are smaller then true size. I am between 10.5 and 11, but had to exchange for 11.5. Order at least a half a size bigger then you are used to. Hope this helps.

Ultra Train GTX
Ultra Train GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from Detroit
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

What can be said about these shoes... they don't seem much better made than any other shoe at half the price. They seem to run a half size smaller than marked and are EXTREMELY narrow. I would consider them a very good looking shoe, except for the marble pattern on the sides of the sole, which is really tacky looking and out of place. Reminds me of stupid paint splash designs from the 1980's. Definitely not worth the prestigious price.

Mountain Trainer
Mountain Trainer Posted:
Reviewer: from ma
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wonderful shoes. used as winter shoes as well as real approach shoes. Comparing to similar class La Sportiva these have less hill/ankle lateral reinforcement. Great laces that do not unwind with a single knot. I would be OK sacrificing some sole durability to gain stronger wet traction. Wet traction is the only area I would improve.

Firetail 3 GTX
Firetail 3 GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from Minneapolis
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Purchased these as a replacement for Lowa Tempests I've worn for many years (4 different pairs), but which no longer seem to fit me as I age. Having tried the Salewa, it's easy to see they make a quality product. Fit and finish on the shoes is excellent and the men's 11 is spot on. The shoe is firm underfoot -- not too cushion-y -- and comfortable. It is somewhat stiff and, I suspect, will require some break-in' but should be good long term. The Vibram sole is very grippy and I can see it will provide excellent traction. The looks... may perhaps be an acquired taste, but the toe box follows the contours of my feet very well I must confess, this shoe is far more of a dedicated approach shoe than I anticipated (was looking for a solid daily hiker/walker) and, as such, may go back to Zappos. The design of these shoes would be fantastic for impromptu rock climbing, edging -- and even bouldering activities -- and would be comfortable getting to and from the climbing location. That said, they might be overkill for city streets, dirt and gravel paths and general running around.

Ultra Train
Ultra Train Posted:
Reviewer: from Lookout Mountain, TN
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great shoe. First pair so still early. Been running in Inov 8 for years and saw the support structure this shoe had. Runs about same size as inov8. Very comfy, solid in trail, tons of grip....very happy so far.

Mountain Trainer L
Mountain Trainer L Posted:
Reviewer: from Durango, CO
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fits like a glove around my foot and that really helps to keep my heel from moving or my toes getting scrunched when going up and down inclines. Has a lot of support and protection underneath when hiking over rocky ground. Couldn't be more pleased. It's almost impossible for me to find hiking shoes that fit well and avoid blisters but these really do "fit like a glove".

Wildfire S GTX®
Wildfire S GTX® Posted:
Reviewer: from Massachusetts
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great snug fit, grip, and styling. Haven't put many miles on these yet but so far they are very comfortable and stable.

Wildfire S GTX®
Wildfire S GTX® Posted:
Reviewer: from Michigan
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my second pair of Salewa's. My first pair have held up great over the past year and a half, and I expect this new pair to do the same. Salewa's have great construction. The shoe comes with two insoles: Normal and Narrow. The Narrow insole is awesome and is one of the main reasons I bought this pair (and my last pair): I have B-width feet and the narrow insole takes up room along the side of the shoe, giving me a great fit. Kudos to Salewa for this outstanding concept. These shoes to be very comfortable from the first time I walked in them. Highly recommended.

Alp Trainer Mid GTX®
Alp Trainer Mid GTX® Posted:
Reviewer: from New Jersey
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are fantastic boots. They're comfortable, supportive, and attractive (as far as hiking boots go). I bought them for a recent trip to Argentina and Chile that included the "W" Trek in Patagonia and hikes in the Atacama Desert. I never got a blister (I did proactively treat a few hot-spots) and my feet felt good even after a 16 mile day-long hike. I have narrow, low-volume feet and based on the other reviews, it sounds like those with wider feet might do better with a different boot.

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