Gear Review: Salewa Firetail GTX Hiking/Scrambling Shoe

August 31, 2011  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , ,   |   1 Comment

Hiking/Scrambling Shoe
Salewa Firetail GTX
$149, 1 lb. 15 oz. (men’s US size 9)
Sizes: men’s 7-12, 13, women’s 6-10, 11

I’ve long observed that expecting “approach” shoes, made for technical scrambling, to be comfortable for hiking more than a few miles is a bit like expecting your road bike to handle riding on rugged trails. But the Firetail nails the hard-to-find balance between performing as an excellent scrambling shoe while remaining surprisingly comfortable on long hikes.

I wore these low-cuts on a variety of adventures this summer: hiking and off-trail scrambling with a climbing pack in Idaho’s City of Rocks, on dayhikes from Oregon’s Columbia Gorge to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and on low fifth-class rock climbs.

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One Response to Gear Review: Salewa Firetail GTX Hiking/Scrambling Shoe

  1. NancyP   |  July 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    It is a nice light hiking shoe for hikes with appreciable amounts of bare rock, and perfectly comfortable for ordinary dirt single-track. It is only so-so for mud. It is a good shoe for summer hiking in the Ozarks.

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