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That via ferrata or technical route you've been eyeballing won't be much fun if you wreck yourself on the approach. The Salewa Women's Mountain Trainer utilizes tech-savvy features to help you get to the first clip at the top of your game. A sticky Vibram Alpine Approach sole gains traction on a variety of features and rock types, while a comfortable suede upper gives this technical footwear a street-friendly feel.

  • 3F fit system offers full ankle support and a snug, blister-free environment
  • Climbing-style lacing helps evenly distribute lacing force for equal load-sharing across the foot
  • Multi-Fit Footbed allows you to adjust the volume of the footbed in the shoe for a perfect fit
  • Specific midsole cushioning targets pressure points to minimize joint stress
  • 360-degree rubber rand protects your foot from impact and abrasion and provides grip when climbing
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won't second as your trail running shoes

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

I wouldn't call them particularly light, but dang do they work well! I've been using the Mountain Trainers for both long-ish day hikes (2-7 miles) and recently as approach shoes while on climbing trips and I have to say I love them.

Since they're so stiff, I tend to lace them up loosely for more casual trail hiking and that has kept me from getting blisters.

As for the more technical stuff, these shoes don't mess around. The soles provide an impressive amount of traction and the sturdy body of the shoe and the rubber around the toes even allows for a respectable level of foot jamming when you're scrambling. I accidentally forced myself to wear them on a 4-pitch, 5.6 climb in red rocks when I forgot my actual climbing shoes and these shoes served me shockingly well.

I plan on wearing these any time I'm walking with less than 35 pounds on my back.

Wanted to like these but My Heel Slips

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

The insole is pretty bare bones so tried various over-the-counter inserts. Using any thickness of insert, other than the thin flimsy one that came with the shoe, raised my heel enough that it no longer sat properly/snuggly in the "heel pocket" and my heel would slip upwards with every step. Would've liked to have kept because everything else about the shoe looked promising. FYI I usually wear an 8 in hiking boots so that I can wear thicker wool socks. An 8 wasn't available so got the Euro 39 which is a US 7.5, fits like a 7.5. If my heel didn't slip would've worn as my everyday walk-about with a thinner wool sock.

Perfect scrambling shoe, great price

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

I bought this shoe as an approach shoe, a perfect hybrid of boot, trail runner and scrambling shoe. It has enough cushion for light trail running or fast packing, big gripping tread like a boot, and the rand around the bottom and smooth front for smearing like a climbing shoe. I used this on a class 3 scramble and found it works well. The sole is a bit stiffer though which restricts its ability to fully smear or wear on anything above class 3/4.

For the sale price these shoes are a total steal!

Wish I could love them

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

These shoes are clearly of the highest quality and craftsmanship. I am so disappointed that they don't fit me properly.

I originally ordered a size 9, which is what I usually wear, but found them to be far too big for my feet in both the toe box and the heel. I returned them and got the 8.5. I was thrilled that the shoes have 2 separate inserts allowing you to tweak the size a bit (totally ingenious). I took out the bottom insert to give my feet a bit more room and wore them around the house. They were immediately comfortable, and seemed to fit my feet just right. However, after wearing them outside for a day's work (I work in agriculture and am on my feet constantly in somewhat rough terrain), my toes were completely numb. I tried everything to adjust (such as loosening the laces, wearing them with and without my custom-made orthotics) and wore them for several days because I really wanted them to work, but nothing made a difference. I don't know if they pinch me in the wrong place or what, but no matter what I do they make my toes totally numb and thus I cannot use them. This is a real shame, because the quality of the shoes is so obvious. I haven't worn such a durable feeling shoe in a long time and was so excited to try these out. Hope they work better for you.

I usually wear size 39 EURO. For these...

I usually wear size 39 EURO. For these shoes what size should I use? Because I have no idea about the size type of the shoe that used for this shoes.

are these suitable hiking shoes? i wanted...

are these suitable hiking shoes? i wanted to buy new shoes for zion this summer.

Hello hope,

Thanks for your question.

It will depend on the type of hiking you will be going after. If you are deciding to take some day hikes with very minimum gear on your back like a hydration pack for water then you should be fine. If you are deciding to do a trail like West Rim where you are on trail for an extended amount of time and backpacking I would suggest something more burly with more ankle support. Think about yourself personally, do you have weak ankles? If so I would look for something in the mid hiking boot section because on the descent from your hike you put a lot of pressure on your ankle and knee joints where a mid boot would be really beneficial. If you are going on day hikes like Angel's Landing and have confidence your joints will be happy on the way down then these are the ticket. Especially on that last leg of the hike where you are scrambling up some pretty exposed areas. I hope this helps, if you have further questions please don't hesitate to ask.