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Gear Review

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Badass Approach/Hiker

I brought my new Salewa's along on a 3-week trip to Europe with the intent of using them only while hiking in the Swiss Alps. I ended up using them nearly every day of the trip as they were far more comfortable for sightseeing days than the street shoes I packed.

I prefer the speediness and comfort of a lower-cut shoe, only going with mids when I have to. I carried a 15-20 lb. pack in the Alps and the Salewa's performed exceptionally well. In dry conditions they grip like a Porsche, which made me more comfortable than I usually am on exposed trails. However I will say that once I hit the snow line or crossed a creek, they got fairly slick.

I agree with Salewa's claim that this is a great cross between an approach shoe and a day-hiker. On ascents these shoes are absolutely perfect. I wore them on a couple of day-long peak-bagging hikes over grass, dirt, gravel, scree, etc, going up, down, and sideways, walking, side-stepping & scrambling, and I never felt my feet once. And the reinforced rubber toe & kevlar sides was a nice touch - they got through some sharp boulders no worse for wear.

The other posters made great comments about the lacing, fit & construction that I completely agree with. I'm a size 11 with an average width, & I had to go up to a 11.5 to compensate for the narrowness. If you have wide feet or prefer a roomier fit, be advised. Had a couple of fit issues at first until I discovered that changing the lacing completely changes the shoe. I now have zero fit issues. The narrow-fit really makes it more comfortable on steep approaches & for scrambling.

As nice as they are, I will probably shelve these shoes until my next trip to the mountains. They aren't cheap, and I feel they're a bit too much shoe for the timid trails of NE Ohio. No need to wear them out on flat terrain ;)

Badass Approach/Hiker
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Hello Map, thanks for you review. I'm a 10.5 and bought this shoe in this size. Everything about it is perfect except the fact that it is narrow in the toe box and pushes my instep inward. Will sizing up to an 11 help with this? I don't want the shoe to be too big then. Also, you mention something about figuring the lacing out, any particular trick? Thanks, appreciate it