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Don't waste your energy during a tough approach. You'll need it for the send. That's where the Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX Approach Shoe comes in. Built with a Gore-Tex membrane, this waterproof, breathable footwear sports the soul of a rugged hiking boot at significantly less weight. A Vibram Alpine Approach sole indicates the Mountain Trainer's dedication to traction even during the sketchiest scrambles, so you can shrug off talus fields and boulders alike.

  • To-the-toe lacing allows you to fully dial in a snug fit
  • Salewa 'Y' locks in heel and distributes lace pressure across shoe
  • No-blister guarantee means you can scramble away without fear of hot spots
  • Multiple Fit Footbed lets you customize the fit per your foot volume with removable inserts
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The descent might leave you wrecked

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: 9.5

Honestly I would give the these more like 2.5 stars, or 3 if the approach was short.

In a recent trip to the Tetons I took these up to, or above the Lower Saddle 3 times. If you're not familiar thats like 7 miles and 5500ft from the parking area.

The good: well constructed, water proof, sturdy, stiff soles, take light crampons well, climb well without any foot fatigue. The ascent, scrambles, and lower fifth class climbing felt very comfortable in this shoe.
The bad: the stiff sole allowed very little flexibility on the descent. I adjusted the laces many different times, to see if I could alleviate some to pain on the way down. The toes of the shoes are narrow, and facilitate climbing very well, but are very painful coming down.

This shoe is rugged and sturdy, almost like a low cut mountaineering boot. My wife climbed with me and wore Salewa Hike Trainer (mids I think?). The two shoes are very similar, and she had the same problem. In fact she carried an extra pair of trail runners just for the descent.

I ended up wrapping my toes in climbing tape to make it the last 3 miles to Lupine Meadows-- and I'm good at suffering.

I originally purchased this shoe for the Grand Traverse, but would not take them on that route due to the immense elevation gain and loss. I could probably recommend it on steep approaches, shorter than 2 or 3 miles. I will not take them on an alpine route again.

This shoe also runs large. I wear a 10 to 10.5 in everything, 44 in La Sportiva, and had to purchase a 9.5 in this shoe.

Salewa Mt. Trainer GTX

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 45.5

Haven't taken it into the dirt yet but enough time in it to be satisfied. I wore the Wildfires eight days in the High Country last year and they were super -- I'd gotten a half size too large, fine but I opted for these a half size down. Weight and fit are the same; they feel just a bit stiffer in the sole but I can't say for certain until this next trip. I've worn Scarpas and Asolos, great shoes but in a subtle way I think the Salewas may have an edge.

18 months one shoe

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

Bought these fall 2013, turned out to be my favorite shoe.Trail ready, Fits well, grips vry well, water proof, strong tread life, Starting to show some tread ware now, they need new inserts. Still underwarrenty tho.

18 months one shoe

Painful

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

Although these are a sturdy, nice looking shoe, I found them to be very uncomfortable. When they arrived I brought them on a 10 mile alpine traverse in the High Sierras, and my feet were in agony the whole way.

High quality shoe, but....

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 9.0

The Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX is a very high quality shoe in terms of materials and construction. Unfortunately it was not designed for my foot. I have a fairly narrow foot 26.75 cm in length with an arch. The front of the shoe fits my foot pretty well, but the heal is very wide. The fit and lacing system of the shoe for me gave me several options. My first option is to lace them tight enough to keep my heal almost stationary, the problem with this option is that my toes fall asleep within a few minutes. The section option is to lace them for a comfortable fit from the middle of my foot to my toes, but this allows significant movement of my heal. I have done a lot of experimentation with lacing, the multiple-fit footbed and choice of socks with no success. I have worn them around town and to the office since i received them to try and break them in. I have also worn them on two short hikes (about 2 miles each) on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Both hikes were pretty disappointing since they both produced significant blisters on my heals. Salewa's 100% Blister-Free guarantee seems to be more of a marketing tactic than an actual guarantee since I haven't been able to find any evidence of Salewa backing up their guarantee on their website. I really wanted to like these shoes, but they are simply not for me.

High quality shoe, but....

Rugged

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: 11

I bought these shoes to have a lower profile shoe that I can wear into the mountains and tick of a few climbs/hikes that are on my list.

The fit is snug but just right for my extra wide foot and its 6th toe; one thing that makes buying shoes tricky for me. The toe box does a great job of keeping my toes from hitting the front of the shoe on the decent and the way the tread on the heal is shaped it does a great job of gripping on all surfaces.

I wear an 11.5 in most any other running shoes or hiking boots out there and I bought a size 11 in these and they are goldilocks... Juuust right. They are a very burly shoe that is made for long hikes, scrambles, accents and anything else that you may encounter on your quests. Very happy with my purchase.

13EEE best fit I have found

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I really really struggle to find a shoe wide enough, this one is the best I have found. I have put a few hundred miles doing approach, JMT and easy walking on this shoe and it is starting to show the ware. I am coming back for my second pair. My first pair is waring out on the inside. The sole is still doing fine. If you have wide feet and are scared to order one on line, this is the shoe for you.

Solid construction

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

Shoe is built well but very stiff sole was hard to get use to.On the rock great edging.Longer hikes wore out feet changed insole made that better.I like the Scarpa Zen better for general mtn. approach/mtb.

Love these shoes

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

My feet are flat and my heel has an usual ridge on the back which makes finding shoes impossible. These Salewa's are awesome. I added a SOLE insole. No hotspots or breaking period. After many, many miles of hiking over dirt trails, rocky trails and grass, I can say these shoes will take whatever you throw at them. They are stiff enough to inspire confidence but not so stiff that running is uncomfortable. I highly recommend these shoes and I plan to buy another pair.

Best approach shoe ever!!

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

I have been climbing for over 27 years and spent over 20 years of that time as an active guide in the U.S., Mexico and Ecuador. I have used all of the other major brands of approach shoes over my career and these are simply the best! Though I no longer guide full time I do a lot of climbing with friends here where I live in central mexico and the rocky and dry terrain we hike on is some of the harshest on the planet. My Salewa Mountain Trainers hold up against the cactus spines and sharp rocks we hike in everyday here and I don't get foot fatigue because there is no transfer of the harsh terrain to the bottoms of my feet! And what really surprised me was that I have never gotten a hot spot nor a blister, and for a fairly stiff shoe that really speaks to their quality!! I can honestly give these Salewa Mountain Trainers two thumbs up!



Miguel Moore

Best approach shoe ever!!

Fantastic!

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

I have only had these shoes for a short time, but have put some serious miles into them. Protection on the side/front of shoe saves your feet from taking damage along the trail and the traction has gotten me off of a particularly difficult exposed face when confident footing was critical. Enjoy!

Half size too big but look bombproof

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

These shoes are awesome! Look very rugged and durable. They feel bombproof just by the way they look. (Not literally)



I have 9.5 US size feet, ordered 9.5 and found them to be a half size too big. Had beyond 0.5 inches of room in the toe box and my heels kept slipping out. Exchanging them for a half size smaller. Should fit correctly then. Can't wait to go test them.

Good all around

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

Have had the shoes for several approaches. One 5.8+ climb on very unstable rock. This is my first approach shoe and I am wondering why I have not owned a pair before now. Super grippy on the rock types I have tested (basalt, granite). Pretty good support. The description says they come with interchangeable foot beds. These foot beds are cheap. I was expecting something a little more robust. All in all the feel good. Toe box is wide with a narrow/standard heel. This accommodates my foot nicely. I am very happy with the shoe and would recommend to anyone.

By far the best Approach Shoe

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

This shoe fits just right, performs great. Grips well... feels like a natural extension of your foot. For me, this is the only approach shoe I will ever use. just Buy it.

Awesome hiking/approach shoes

    Bought these for a trip up to mount Whitney via the north fork trail. ( mountaineers route). I wore them around the house for a few days. Super comfy, but get them outside on a rough trail, or 3-4th class terrain and they excel. They are very tough and stable. The size was true and fit how I expected. I'm considering buying another pair before they are discontinued, or changed in any way! The only thing I would warn people about, is that the toe sole area is climbing rubber, which does not grip when it's wet. If you are walking across wet rocks, use the vibram sole area..not the toe.

    Is this the low-cut version of the Mountain...

    Is this the low-cut version of the Mountain Trainer GTX Mid or is it a different shoe altogether?

    Can these shoes be resoled?

    Can these shoes be resoled?

    For these shoes, do you want want a snug...

    For these shoes, do you want want a snug fit like normal climbing shoes or a comfortable fit?

    Your size guide appears to be a conversion...

    Your size guide appears to be a conversion chart and I cannot find anywhere which states that the size options available are in US Mens or UK. Could you please clarify this for me?

    Are the Mountain Trainers any wider than...

    Are the Mountain Trainers any wider than the Alp trainers. The Alp trainers feel to narrow for my feet but I really like the Salewas otherwise.

    I have the mid version of these, and find that the toe box runs a little wide. Perhaps a better word for it would be roomy though. I often have trouble finding boots that fit really well (I have fairly narrow heal and wider forefoot). For me, the mountain trainer (mid) has been a superb boot.

    I have size 13 narrow, low volume, high...

    I have size 13 narrow, low volume, high arch foot. Is this a good shoe for me?

    My foot sounds about the same as yours: us13, low volume and high arch. The 13s fit me very well with both of the footbed inserts in; the arches are somewhat lacking but haven't bothered me during the 3-6miles I walk a day. Great shoe, go for it.

    Hi are these us or uk size shoes

    Hi are these us or uk size shoes

    Hi are the salewa gtx mountain approach...

    Hi are the salewa gtx mountain approach shoe in us or u sizes ? and do you ship to NZ

    i have a wide foot EE, high arch, short...

    i have a wide foot EE, high arch, short toes (basically a flipper). How do these run in regard to width?

    Best Answer

    Salewa run a medium "D" width. Merrill , New Balance, Propet, Vasque and a few others make some good shoes with similar features in the same price range in wide widths. Hey, wide feet are great for stability, even if it's a pain to find a good fit. Good Luck!