A classic Salewa offering for technical hiking, trekking, or Via Ferrata routes, the Men’s Mountain Trainer Mid GTX boot offers flexibility, fit, waterproof protection, and supportiveness with cushioning for all-day-long comfort.
Designed for technical hiking, trekking or via ferrata routes, the Salewa men’s Mountain Trainer Mid GTX provides flexibility, performance and cushioning for all day comfort. Let’s take a closer look.
Starting with the upper we have got a durable nubuck and Cordura upper. So we have got nubuck leather throughout the sides here and a nice Cordura tongue. So we have got really good durability and abrasion resistance as well as some enhanced breathability in that tongue section.
This shoe is made with Gore-Tex so we have a fully waterproof, breathable liner under-neath the upper here and so it is completely waterproof. It is sealed and it goes all the way up to the end of this gusseted tongue. So it is going to provide really good water-proof protection as well as breathability.
Moving down around the rand we have actually got a fully wrapped toe rand. So we have got rubber that comes all the way around the bottom of the shoe. This is going to offer really good protection against rocks or any sharp objects that might come up higher than the trail. So if you end up taking these on some alpine terrain or some really rocky talus fields, you are going to get nice protection on the sides of the boot as well as the bottom.
Also we have got a Y shaped wire throughout the back of the boot. It is a nice wire framing there. So every time you lace up these shoes and really pull in, it is going to lock in the heel and provide a really nice, stable hold. Again, to enhance the fit this is designed with Salewa’s 3F system. So it is an anatomical shaping to match the asymmetry of the foot. So it is going to provide a really good fit overall, reduce the movement, reduce the chance for rubbing and abrasion, which is going to reduce the chance for blisters.
And, again, to add to the fit we have got a to-the-toe lacing system. It is going to let you dial in the fit and tighten it where you need to or loosen up where you need to. So it is going to provide good fit for high volume feet, low volume feet or anything in between, so a nice system there.
Now another neat feature about this is on the inside we have actually got Salewa’s multi fit foot bed system. And I will pull that out. And what that means is simply you have got two different types of foot bed. So you can actually take this piece apart and do away with the heel area and you have in the box another area. You can actually marry these guys up. So if you tend to have a narrower foot, you can match that up there and it will actually provide a little bit more of a snug hold for a narrow foot. And that will go right back into the boot. Now in the event that you don’t want to use these, you can completely leave them out and use, you know, an after market insole if you choose to go that route as well. So cool feature to go on the inside of these boots.
Moving down to the midsole we have got a mid-stiff nylon midsole. A nice feature there. It is going to provide a really good amount of flexibility, but also stiffness. So it will give you protection from rocks and sharp objects while not really, you know, limiting your movement. So really good system in play in the midsole.
As far as the outsole goes, we have got a Vibram hiking outsole. It is made with a Mega-grip compound. So it is an optimum balance of flexibility and support and traction. So all in all it is a really good system on the lower half. We have got some directional lugs there that are going to provide really good grip, really good stopping power. And in the toe here we actually have a little bit of a smoother climbing zone. So in the event that you get into those alpine terrains or, you know, some more rocky terrain, you can get a good grip in the toe area if you can’t seem to get your full foot on the rock. So another added bonus to the functionality of these shoes.
So there you have it. It is really good shoe for trekking, technical hiking or via ferrata routes. It is the Salewa men’s Mountain Trainer Mid GTX.