I've heard great things about Salewa and...
I've heard great things about Salewa and I want to try one out. I'm not sure which model would be best though. I do a lot of overnight backpacking (loads ~20lbs, rarely over 25) and a lot of peakbagging--that is, off trail through brush, scree, boulderfields, what-have-you--but not much technical climbing w/ropes.
Any suggestion between the Firetail, Alp Trainer and Mtn Trainer? What are the big differences? Thanks!
The Firetail, Alp Trainer and Mtn Trainer are lined up in a continuum from approach to heavier duty packing and climbing (non-vertical). The Firetail has a true approach sole, meaning less lug depth for better rock scrambling grip. The upper is mesh based for better breathing. Think of the lightness, flexibility and comfort of a trail runner with the durability, protection and features of a mountain approach shoe. The Alp Trainer gets you a deeper-lugged sole for better backpacking. The upper is a super-durable suede. Think of a classic hiking boot with the performance of a technical approach shoe. The Mtn Trainer ups the burliness quotient. Even deeper-lugged outsole with 2 layers of sheet EVA (not "blown") under the mid-foot & heel. Sheet EVA is firmer for more precision and support. Also, you get a partial nylon shank and a 360 degree sticky rubber rand.
Sorry for the long response. Based on your use, I would lean toward the Alp Trainer with the Mtn Trainer in 2nd.