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From the trail to the wall and back.

Salewa designed the Men's Fire Vent Shoes with lightweight, liner-free uppers to keep your feet cool and all of the technical brilliance you need to get you to the wall. They'll keep you stuck to the trail on the approach, you'll barely notice them on your harness, and then they'll see you home in shock-absorbing comfort.
  • Multi-Fit Footbed technology gives you a perfect fit and accounts for the length, width, and the height of your foot
  • Salewa's 3F system works with the natural bio-mechanics of your foot to allow maximum range of movement and complete support
  • KEVLAR® rands give you durable protection from abrasive rocks and increase your grip when your hike starts to look
  • Extended lacing runs through the toe box to give you a customized fit
  • Anatomically positioned steel wire transfers the laces' support around your entire foot and keeps your heel from slipping

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4 5

Drains fast, dries quick

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Put these shoes through a 5 day 40 mile canyoneering trip in the Grand Canyon, hoping to find a solid shoe that drains and dries quickly. Very happy with the performance, only knock is the rubber is not quite as sticky as I'd like, especially on wet limestone.

5 5

Great shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is my second pair of Fire Vents. The shoes are very well made, wear extremely well, and the lacing allowed me to dial in the fit.

5 5

good shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I bought these before spending a year in China. After a year of wearing them almost every day (mountains, streets, rocks, sand) the tread is wearing down, but not more than expected (especially with how much I wore them on concrete). The rand has some "cracking" type of wear where the shoe bends at the base of the toe, but still seems to be strong as ever. I've worn these on some technical free climbing routes and they preformed beautifully. Incredible grip and tough material that didn't get messed up after jamming in a bunch of really rough granite cracks.

I think the sizing runs true. I bought one size smaller than my Salewa Mountain Trainers and it works well.

4 5

So far a decent shoe!

Bought these a couple of weeks ago and have been wearing them pretty constantly. I bought a half size smaller than usual so they'd grow out into my foot and has worked out well. Did a 4 hour hike in them this past weekend and they held up and my feet were nice and comfortable through out!

3 5

Great Shoe but possible durability issue

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are an amazing step up from the Sportiva Xplorer. I am still recovering from very bad blisters due to the Xplorers, but these are still comfortable. I put 4 miles on them two days in with heavy rock climbing gear and a lot of elevation change and they performed flawlessly. If they hold up like my Alp Trainers, they've got to be the best things out there. See Evan's comments regarding rubber for climbing and approach.

2.5 months in - Unfortunately, these are going to get returned. I wore a hole in the back of the shoe through the liner and slight padding all the way to the support in the back right heel. I did this in just over two months. All my other Salewa's have held up great so I'm going to try the Wildfire to see if it holds up better.

Responded on

Did you find these shoes to be true to size? Did you size up a half size or a full size? I wear 9.5, so I sized up to 10 on my Alp Trainers, and they are working great. Thoughts?

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I bought these true to size. The Alp Trainers have a slightly roomier fit and these are a little more snug, but appropriately so for an approach shoe. I wear a 9 and bought these in a 9.

4 5

Great, except...

Awesome fit, super comfy, breath very well, clip in loop for climbing, great lacing system, high rand rubber for climbing in...BUT the rubber is not sticky enough to be 5 star climbing approach shoes. Especially when its wet out, the rubber is really poor! It is adequate when its dry for scrambling, but not when its wet.

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I've found that these do well in almost all dry conditions. Being in BC you're I'm sure much more experienced in the wet. They were sticky enough for me on Limestone, Sandstone and Granite, but I did notice slipperyness on wet Granite. Do you have the yellow one's by chance? They're not as sticky as the Sportiva Xplorers but the comfort more than makes up for it. However, I've not done any long technical or steep slab approaches in them yet.

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I do have the yellow ones, and like I said earlier, great on dry rock, scary on the wet stuff, so heads up! And the wet rock I have tried them on was granite all over the place (Cali, BC, Europe), limestone (Euro) and sandstone in the SW, and my observations hold true. I will say I have done so many miles in them, including taking them up and down el cap a few times and they are still going, so impressive durability for me at least!

5 5

Best shoe yet

I have a wide foot so I had so hesitaton buying these. I was proved very wrong, they fit my foot great and the lacing systm holds my foot better than anythng I have wor in the past inluding Salomon, Keen, and Montrail. Just started hiking in them with only 45 miles on them but they are holding up grat

5 5

Best shoe yet

I have a wide foot so I had so hesitaton buying these. I was proved very wrong, they fit my foot great and the lacing systm holds my foot better than anythng I have wor in the past inluding Salomon, Keen, and Montrail. Just started hiking in them with only 45 miles on them but they are holding up grat

5 5

Best shoe yet

I have a wide foot so I had so hesitaton buying these. I was proved very wrong, they fit my foot great and the lacing systm holds my foot better than anythng I have wor in the past inluding Salomon, Keen, and Montrail. Just started hiking in them with only 45 miles on them but they are holding up grat

5 5

Great shoe!

I bought these shoes for all around hiking and for hot weather. Overall I like the shoes but I will do pros/ cons.
pros: very breathable, drain holes, soft soles, nice cushion in heal.
cons: a little flashy for my taste with the silver on the heel, the heel cup "cord" doesn't really tighten unless they came laced incorrectly.

Overall I think these shoes are way better built than any merrell that I have owned. Hopefully they will bring out some new colors in the future.

Do these shoes run narrow, wide, true to...

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Do these shoes run narrow, wide, true to width?

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Medium to narrow. The only folks that don't seem to work in them are super-wides. They come with a multi-layer footbed which allows you to adjust the volume for an awesome fit.