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Salewa Firetail 3 Approach Shoe - Men's

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    Approach without caution.

    The Salewa Men's Firetail 3 Approach Shoe helps you cross rough terrain in search of seldom-climbed crags. Unlike its Gore-Tex-equipped brother, this one doesn't use a waterproof membrane so it's more breathable and lighter, making it ideal for hot, dry environments such as the desert.

    The EXA Shell grid structure wraps around your upper foot to provide a precise fit and perfect front-foot balance while also minimizing abrasion of the breathable mesh upper. The 3F System connects to the lacing to wrap around your heel and mid-foot as you tighten the laces in order to lock your heel down and reduce fatigue and friction.

    Two interchangeable layers in the Multi Fit Footbed+ allow you to customize the fit to suit your foot shape and size. Cleansport NXT antimicrobial technology inhibits the growth of odor-causing microbes to limit foot funk. A wide climbing area behind the toes on the Vibram Reptile outsole helps you climb and scramble with confidence, and its Megagrip compound ensures dependable traction on wet and dry surfaces alike.

    • EXA Shell grid structure
    • Breathable mesh upper
    • Multi Fit Footbed+
    • Cleansport NXT antimicrobial technology
    • Vibram Reptile outsole
    • Climbing lacing
    • Item #SFW0039

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    EXA Shell grid structure, breathable mesh
    Lining
    breathable mesh
    Closure
    climbing lace
    Footbed
    Multi Fit Footbed+
    Sole
    Vibram Reptile
    Claimed Weight
    12.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    approach, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Good, but not what I expected

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    I chose the Salewa Firetail as my Rocky Mt shoes for Longs, Yale, and other mountains that have hike and significant scrambling. I like to get of trail to enjoy some extra scrambling and bouldering on the hikes.

    These shoes appeared to be good, and seemed to fit well. But I had to return them. The size was pretty true. But after about 8 or 9 days I could not get them to feel good on my feet during a hike. I tried many variations. The soles seemed hard (and loud) for an approach shoe. The traction was only slightly better, at best, than my Merrell Moab's.

    Best of everything

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5 european

    My Firetail 3 s are by far the best approach shoes I have had. I have owned several from FiveTen, Sportiva, Scarpa, but these are my favourites to be sure. These shoes are very durable and well made, the toe rand is more substantial and better bonded than other brands; the shoe is very light weight and importantly has a low bulk and no excessive use of padding; it has a very comfortable and uncomplicated footbed; the lacing system allows for. A very wide range of adjustability and finally they stick very well to slick rock and are nimble and precise. Salewa, please don't ever delete this model.

    Grand-Tastic

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    So I'll admit first off that I committed a rookie mistake with these shoes.... the first time I put them on was in the Lupine Meadows trailhead when I was about to start a 20 hour day climbing the Grand Teton with 5 of my buddies. I was worried I'd end the day with shredded, blistered, and broken feet.... but I didn't.

    With the Firetail 3, Salewa decided to open the toebox quite a bit, which lends to a more comfortable fit for more users. Hiking up dusty trails, loose talus, and wobbily boulder, I found the shoe to be grippy (both on rock AND dirt) and supportive, but all together not too much different from a hiking shoe. In the past I'd felt that most approach shoes were far too stiff and ungainly when actually hiking; these shoes felt to be a happy medium.

    After refilling water at the Lower Saddle we meandered over to the base of the Petzoldt ridge. I was leading the second party and watched the first leader pull through the moves. "You know what," I thought "I'm going to give this a shot in my approach shoes". It was cold and we had a long day; I really didn't want to fuss with climbing shoes. I started up the climb and within the first few moves I had to pull over an awkward bulge with "thin" feet; I was unsure if I could trust the shoes. I communicated to my partners that I may want to switch to climbing shoes, but I decided to calm down and give it a true effort. Stuck the feet and pulled the bulge, no problem. After that it was easy to trust the shoes, my buddy said I "became a different climber" I had every bit of confidence that the shoes would perform; all of Petzoldt and all of the Upper Exum were easily within the realm of the Firetail 3's.

    Throughout the day I encountered cracks, slab, vertical, overhanging (ever so slightly), and these shoes never let me down. I'm seriously impressed with how well they climb. When I felt I needed a little bit extra, the lacing pattern really allows you to snug the shoe down without choking off any parts of your feet.

    The downfall of most approach shoes is... on the way down. No traction, lots of slipping, and a sore lower body. Again, with the Firetails on it felt like any old hiking shoe. Only difference is the beefy rubber toecap... which I am extremely grateful for because I'm pretty sure I kicked every rock and tripped over every root on the way down.

    These are now my true *approach* shoes. Not light hikers or trail runners or whatever, these are for approach and easy alpine climbing. Any trip that features 5.6-5.8 alpine climbing, this will probably be the only shoe I wear. Long hikes on trail/talus/boulder that features scrambling, these are the shoes I will bring. I don't want to put unnecessary miles on them around town or when strictly trail hiking... because these shoes are *that* good.

    Size these at your true shoe size or maybe a half size down. I'm a 11.5/12 (depending on width) and I chose the 11.5. Definitely a bit snug for me but not too small.

    Reach out with any questions or comments, I'd love to help you reach your climbing goals.

    Ben

    Comfortable and Sticky!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43

    Been eyeing a new approach shoe and wanted to see what Salewa had to offer. I know they come from a footwear back round and knew they made really technical shoes. I had always assumed they were for narrow feet, key word assume.

    So these fit me perfect right out of the box. I do not think I have a narrow, or wide foot, working with a lot of fitters and reps they all unanimously say I have an average width male foot. I was expecting something really tight, particularly in the toe box. Not true though, they were fine. Messed with the lacing a bit to remove any heel slip. Also at times when things were looking a bit more technical I tightened up the toe box just a bit to ensure my foot did not slip in side.

    As far as durability goes, I only got to try them a handful of times but, I used them in the most formidable activity that generally ruins my gear, canyoneering. After I cleaned the mud off of them I didnt see anything wrong, not even a ton of scratches. I know it was only 2 days of outings but, I felt like it was at least some indicator of how they would hold up over time.

    As far as stickiness goes, they are awesome. Was able to chimney easily, and use the flat stiff rubber underneath the big toe to edge effectively on small nubbins. My normal approach shoe is the Scarpa Vitamin and I feel like these climb almost as well. I bet if I used both pairs equally over the next year you would find more wear on the Vitamins but, I know the Vitamins will jam in cracks better when climbing, just a tighter shoe. I would put the Firetail right behind the Vitamin in terms of climbing 5th class but, above it in terms of comfort on the trail. Depends on what you want to get out of the shoe, please reach out with any questions you may have regarding this.

    On the first day we were forced into a pot hole full of water. Obviously soaked the shoes. Didnt feel that much loss of grip which was surprising. I removed the insole to let them dry. By morning they were pretty much dry so was pleased with the time that took as I didnt need to put on a soaking wet shoe in the morning.

    Please note the wire that goes around the heel does not actually tighten but, when you tighten the laces it provides a more secure heel lock than other options without it.

    I am a 43 in running shoes, mountaineering boots, and the same goes for the Salewa Firetail.

    Overall I felt extremely stable, comfortable, and confident with the shoes ability to throw anything at it minus really heavy pack loads. Is a great shoe for those that find themselves in 4th and low 5th class climbing situations though.

    If you have any questions regarding this approach shoe or others please feel free to reach out directly.

    Bill Porreca
    801-736-6398
    bporreca@backcountry.com

    Comfortable and Sticky!
    Unanswered Question

    I have a question about durability. I briefly had an older version of Firetails and loved it - it was comfortable for hiking and even trail running and climbed great. But - one long climbing trip with lots of cracks and a scree descent, and the stitching on both sides of both shoes was trashed; I had to return them. So, how are these holding up? I'd love something that lasts more than a few trips.