Gear Review: Salewa Firetail GTX 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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