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Combine the lightweight comfort of a running shoe with the technology of a mountaineering boot like climbing, laces, rands, and a Gore-Tex liner and you've got the Salewa Women's Firetail Hiking GTX shoe. A glove-like fit keeps your feet from rubbing around and blistering while you glide over miles of trail. Protective touches at around the perimeter and at the toe, and a Vibram sole give your feet all the armor they need to survive run after run.

  • 3F System distributes the lacing power over the whole foot for unmatched heel retention, so you enjoy a friction-free, blister-free precision fit as well as excellent ankle support
  • EVA midsole and PU Shock Absorber cushion your foot on descents, and the Multi- Fit Footbed allows you to adjust the volume of the footbed in the shoe for a perfect fit
  • All-around aramidic fiber and rubber rand protects the shoe from impact and abrasion and provides grip when you climb
  • Climbing-style lacing extends further towards the front to allow you to dial in your fit
  • Proprietary Salewa Vibram Approach outsole provides maximum grip and edging on rocks and helps you put on the brakes on steep descents
  • Armored mesh protects the shoe against abrasion while enhancing breathability on hot summer hikes
  • Women’s-specific last means your foot is not swimming around in a foot designed for a wider man’s foot
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Super loe profile hiking shoe!

    After shopping around and trying on a lot of low-profile hiking shoes, I took the leap of faith associated with buying shoes online and ordered up the Firetrails. I live in Oregon and wanted a pair of low height shoes with a good, solid base and traction for a bunch of conditions: rocky, shaly trails in central Oregon, woodsy often wet trails in the Cascades and coast. These shoes rock. First, they look super cool, unlike some of their competitors. But the fit-- oh my! I am a 6.5/7.0 in streetshoes, got these in the 7 (37 Euro), and they fit true to size. Slipped 'em on and fiddled with the laces and knew my feet were going to be happy. Solid base- very stiff shank for a low-top. First day out with them was at Smith Rock (big climbing spot here in Central Oregon), and I ran up the first third of Misery Ridge Trail. Perfect. Then my lungs gave out and I went slowly up the rest. At the top did some scrambling-- perfect traction. On the way back down, I laughed at the scared faces of daytrippers looking a bit scared due to lack of traction on the steep descent. These Firetrails had me feeling secure on a fairly steep, loose descent.

    Then the next day I was in the Cascades and it rained- wet forest floor. My feet stayed dry and happy.

    Nothing bad to say and everything good. =0) You won't be disappointed.

    great approach, light and high quality

      I've had these shoes for over 4 months and I've used them for steep approaches on granite, lime and sand stone about every other weekend; for light hiking, scrambling and trail running (in mud and snow), and they do not disappoint. They are light and comfortable while providing the right protection for your toes when stabbing thru rocks on a hike/climb. I wear them walking around town on snowy wet days and they keep my feet nice and dry all the time. These shoes are amazing. My only complaint about them is that they run a little small. I wear a 7-8 street shoe depending on the brand and activity. I wear a 7.5 on Asics running shoes, 7 on Lowa Renegade/Hiking Boots and 6.5 Five Ten Anasazi LV Climbing Shoes. My feet are really narrow with long toes and high arches and I bought the Firetail in a size 7 thinking that my hiking shoe size will be the same size as my approach and I regret not going bigger in these. A 7.5 would have given my feet some wiggle room or might even be more comfortable for thicker socks, not that the 7 is uncomfortable-- what I'm saying is that, more space for my toes would have been even better. Overall, I am very happy with these shoes. It is a purchase I would gladly make again. Salewa Firetails are amazing shoes and I recommend them to anyone out there that's on the market for a nice, reliable and well made hiking/approach shoe brand.

      A little disappointed with the quality

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I wore these for just a few days and something didn't seem right with them. They felt like I was walking in two different shoes; even switched to some aftermarket insoles . The left shoe had no cushion to it like the right one. On further examination the back of the outsoles were assembled differently (I understand that these are "hand made" so there will be small differences) but for the $150, I expected a little better quality. Haven't decided if I will reorder or just find a different brand.

      A little disappointed with the quality

      anything with green?

      anything with green?

      hey how are these models different. like...

      hey how are these models different. like the Salewa Trail Runners vs. Alp Trainer vs. Firetail Hiking. If weight were listed for all three, that would help. They look like the same shoe, but maybe one is lighter, and the lasts and mid soles very. That would explain dedicating one to running vs. multisport/training and hiking. Any thoughts?

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      Hi Spychica. If we are comparing low-top Salewas, there are 3 choices: Mtn Trainer, Alp Trainer & Firetail/Fire Vent. All share some features (blister-free guarantee, to-the-toe lacing, 3F cable for enhanced fit, flexibility and support & multi-fit footbed for volume adjustment).
      Mtn Trainer is the "beefiest". Designed for above tree-line hiking where precision is crucial. Open lug Vibram hiking sole with a stiff midsole. 430 grams/ US Wmns 7.
      Alp Trainer combines the support and comfort of a classic hiker with the technical features of an approach shoe. Still a leather upper, but with a softer midsole and a less aggressive Vibram outsole. 425 grams.
      Firetail/Fire Vent is a light hiker/technical approach shoe. Vibram sticky rubber approach style outsole (more flat surface-less aggressive), full climbing rubber and Kevlar rand for protection and grip. Mesh upper (lined-Firetail, unlined-Fire Vent). Light flexible and breathable enough to take you from short runs to longer hikes. 350 grams.
      Hope this helps.

      How does sizing run on these? True to size,...

      How does sizing run on these? True to size, small or large?

      Does this shoe run a 1/2 size big like the...

      Does this shoe run a 1/2 size big like the other Firetail?
      I ususally wear 81/2, but feet are wide.