Comes in handy when the weather rolls in.
Salewa slipped a Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane into this Speed Ascent for waterproof protection and for the breathability that warm weather calls for. The Speed Ascent also features Salewa's MFF+ Multi-Fit Footbed that provides a customized fit, and the drawcord-laced Overlap Closing offers a secure feel. The upper uses Microfibra suede for durability, mesh for ventilated airflow, and Salewa's highly wear-resistant microfiber fabric that stays strong for seasons.
- Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
- Take-Off Technology
- Wear-resistant upper
- Breathable mesh lining
- Overlap Closing with drawcord
- MFF+ Multi-Fit Footbed
- Vibram Rollingait System
- Item #SFW001D
- Q & A
Great performer, great investment
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: M's 11
I recently received a pair of Salewa Speed Ascent GTX Hiking Shoes (M's 11) and, already, they've proven to be a great investment. I bought the shoes for a month-long trip I'm taking to Europe and the Middle East this summer, and also for my daily use as a photojournalist and street photographer in Texas. Right out of the box these shoes fit well--irrespective of sock type. I have mid-to-low volume feet, so the fact that these shoes come with an additional layering footbed really helps fine-tune the fit. The Gore-Tex liner was put to the test earlier today during a pretty heavy downpour and it performed beautifully, as needed. Despite the substantial-weight sole, there was no noticeable break-in time with the pair I have. The grip of the rubber, even in very wet conditions, is impressive, and the rockered shape of the sole isn't just a gimmick--it really does help improve your step, including when lugging camera or other weighty gear around. I've owned other quality hiking shoes before, including those from Scarpa, but Salewa's Speed Ascent are a standout, and I'm sure I'll pick up a second pair for rotation.
Best of what's around
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 10.5
These shoes mean business.
They have a stiff sole, like a technical boot more so than a sneaker, which has its pros and cons. Walking over pointy rocks for miles doesn't hurt, and the shoe edges well on a steep scramble. But the tactile sensitivity isn't what you'd get out of a shoe with a soft footbed; same with the level of comfort.
While you could full-on run in them for miles, I'd need some green SuperFeet for cushioning. The included insoles cup the heel, but don't give any real cushion.
The rocker sole is also a notable design element. I like the ergonomic concept, it literally causes your foot to roll from heel to toe, but it doesn't make a huge difference if you already have proper stride mechanics.
The Vibram sole is fantastically grippy on chossy garbage, wet slickrock, and seemingly everywhere in between.
I've worn these on hikes ranging from Timp via Timpooneke, to the Devil's Castle traverse, to San Rafael Swell canyoneering.
The GoreTex GTX liner keeps water out and lets enough sweat to pass through that my feet stay comfortable all day, and that's usually without wearing any socks. I pair these with the Rab Neo Shortie gaiter to seal the tops of the shoes from water, mud, debris, etc.
I have wide feet -- well, the right one is techically wide and the left is normal width. I started with the La Sportiva Crossover, but returned them because they were way too narrow in the footbox. These are much more comfy, but not as nice at the Altra footbox.
These are keepers, and they are the best of what's available.
is the size drop down menu in US or UK sizes?
The drop down menu is in US sizes