Salewa Mountain Trainer
Price Paid: $129
I have been forever looking for a hiking boot modeled after the vintage light, split-grain Austrian kletterboot. Sometimes change should be questioned.
I have been hiking this season in Lowa boots and Merrell Moabs depending upon the terrain. I prefer the boot's stiffer sole on steeper hikes and ascents with snow encounters, but have issues with poor ankle flex in the boot on descent.
I was headed to Aspen for a couple days and was desperate to find suitable footwear for the steep peak trails out of Maroon Lake TH. After a couple hours of internet searching the night before, I decided upon the Salewa MT, which I purchased at a local retailer first thing the next morning. The size 9.5 fit my 9.5 size foot perfectly. I returned home to quickly break the shoes in during a pre-departure hillside lawn-mowing exercise.
After three days in these shoes I can favorably report that the stiff sole stands strongly on small edges, kicks steps across low angle snow, and holds securely on high angle trails and talus hopping. No blisters and no signs of abnormal wear. The low cut allows full ankle flex, making steep descents more like a ballet than a gorilla dance. The Salewa MT is light, tight and overall an awesome piece of mountain footwear.
This German (made in Vietnam) technical hiking shoe ist Vunderbarr!!
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Resistant suede upper, climbing rubber rand, extended lacing and sticky Vibram Alpine Approach sole make it the perfect every day companion on and off the mountain.
The Salewa Mountain Trainer Hiking Shoes feature a wear-resistant suede upper, a climbing rubber rand, extended lacing, and a sticky Vibram(R) Alpine Approach sole that make it the perfect, every day companion on and off the mountain. 3F system offers an unbeatable combination of flexibility, anatomically positioned ankle support and unmatched precision fit Climbing lacing, with extended lacing toward the front of the shoe, allows you to dial in just the right fit Multi Fit Footbed allows personal adjustment for the perfect fit
The perfect boot for approach and Via Ferrata, the Mountain Trainer from Salewa is comfortable enough for daily use.
Some climbs and via ferrata feature approaches as challenging as the vertical, which makes the Salewa Mountain Trainer Shoe ideal for these day-long adventures. Challenge-oriented, the Mountain Trainer boasts a sticky Vibram Alpine Approach sole for superb traction, while a tough suede upper keeps you comfortable as you navigate your way to your goal.