Gear Review: Salewa Firetail EVO GTX Shoes

June 9, 2014  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , ,   |   4 Comments

Hiking/Scrambling Shoes
Salewa Firetail EVO Gore-Tex
$149, 1 lb. 11 oz. (men’s 9)
Sizes: men’s 6-13, women’s 3-9
moosejaw.com

You can find really tough, durable shoes, or really lightweight shoes, but rarely will you find a shoe that can legitimately make both claims. The Firetail breaks that rule. From hiking and scrambling around Utah’s Arches National Park and Idaho’s Castle Rocks State Park to a 22-mile, 5,000-vertical-foot dayhike in the Columbia Gorge, I subjected these shoes to the kind of abuse that would begin shredding other lightweights. Yet other than being dirty and a bit scuffed on the rubber toe bumper, my Firetails still look and perform like new.

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4 Responses to Gear Review: Salewa Firetail EVO GTX Shoes

  1. Jeff Hernandez   |  November 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    What widths are these offered in and did you feel they ran true to size? Look forward to the test of the Mid Goretex Firetail.

    • michaellanza   |  November 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Hi Jeff, look to Salewa’s website for detailed sizing info. I found the shoes ran true to size.

  2. Sean   |  July 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    How would you compare/contrast these with the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor?

    • michaellanza   |  August 8, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Hi Sean, both the Firetail EVO and the Ultra Raptor are excellent shoes. I think the primary difference is that the Ultra Raptor is better for running and fast-paced hiking. Its traction is very good for a hiking shoe, but if you want a shoe for hiking and scrambling steeper, technical terrain, 3rd- and 4th-class, I’d suggest the Firetail EVO. And I don’t think the Firetail would be comfortable for running too much.

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