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Salewa Wildfire S GTX Approach Shoe - Men's


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    3 Reviews


    When the mountain is your playground.

    When your hike starts in lush old growth forests along switch-backed trails, then quickly transitions to steep scrambles up scree and granite, rely on the Salewa Men's Wildfire GTX Approach Shoe to see you through both ecosystems. The shoe has a low-cut design to keep it light and comfortable in more technical terrain, but it is still fitted with a Gore-Tex waterproof insert to keep your feet dry when you're hiking along muddy trails or navigating wet and brushy exits from the alpine.

    Salewa gave the Wilfdire climbing-style laces that extend to the toe box to deliver a precise and comfortable fit, and then added its 3F system to lock the heel and ankle into the shoe for added surety when you're scrambling up steep and rocky ridgelines. The Wildfire is built on a Vibram Tech Approach shoe for solid grip and hard-wearing performance that will last year in and year out and stick like a gecko to all types of terrain.

    • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane
    • Ballistic mesh upper with Exa shell 3D Cage
    • Cleansport NXT antimicrobial lining
    • MFF+ Multi-Fit footbed
    • Climbing-style laces
    • Vibram Tech Approach EVO sole
    • Item #SFW003C

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    [main] ballistic mesh, [forefoot] microfiber, [overlays] Exa Shell 3D Cage
    Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
    Cleansport NXT
    MFF+ insole (Multi Fit Footbed)
    Vibram Tech Approach EVO
    Claimed Weight
    15 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    The size is spot on no need to worry about going up or down based on if they run small or large. The look is great. Very warm with only one pair of socks in cold weather. Nice and spongie to walk on. I will purchase another pair in the future. Take a shot and try them you will be happy you did.

    Best Technical Hiking Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: US 9 / 270mm

    This shoe is for those who enjoy hikes involving steep class 3/4/5 scrambles and long approaches in between; basically it's for those who love to look at a mountain, pick a line, and go find their adventure.

    This shoe is the perfect combination of hiking comfort, technical edging power, flexibility, durability, and support. A rare example of compromise working brilliantly.

    I rely on it to help me safely navigate steep class 4 and low grade class 5 climbs, and to keep my feet and knees comfortable on the long miles in-between. A hiking sneaker leaves my palms extra sweaty on technical moves; and a flat soled approach shoe pinches the toes over time, and provides insufficient heel drop/cushioning which kills my knees on long steep descents.

    I have a 102mm toe box (wide!), and have hiked for 15 hours in this shoe without any pain or pinching. I have also climbed 5.6 in them.

    Sure it doesn't stick like a guide tennie, or have the feather weight of a trail sneaker, but I don't want to hike 5 miles down a 30 degree dirt slope in my guide tennies, or scramble 5.1 moves in my sneakers.

    When you compare it to a lightweight hiking boot (like the Asolo Fugitive or Lowa Renegade, both great) it is lighter, more flexible, more sensitive, and more comfortable.

    For those who want a low cut technical shoe (i.e. those who don't need extra ankle support or forefoot cushioning) I hope this shoe fits your foot!

    Cheers to Salewa for making this shoe; I hope they continue to keep it in their lineup.

    Note on sizing: These run true to size. I have a 270mm foot which is typically a US Mens 9 is most brands, and is the case for this shoe.

    GTX Note: I don't care about waterproofing for low cut shoes, but chose the gtx version to help keep some of that fine-powder dust found out west off my feet. My roommate used a non-gtx pair to climb all over the alps, and prefers that model. His soles are worn to nothing, but still glued on strong.

    Best Technical Hiking Shoe

    wouldn't recommend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12

    Gore-tex was no longer waterproof within 3 months of use. Plastic/rubber cage started breaking and soles separating within 6 months. These are fair weather shoes as grip is good on dry/sandy rock and decent on damp. Nonexistent grip in any type of mud/snow.

    That's too bad... I was looking to pick up another pair of these as my two year old one's are finally getting close to the end of their life. I've put hundreds of miles on those and they've held up wonderfully. I was just standing in a shallow creek this past weekend for about 10/15 minutes and still had dry feet. Looking at these, it seems as though there have been some major changes (for the worse) and cost savings measures have yielded a lack of quality that Salewa shoes once were.... What I would do to find a brand new 2014 version of these in a size 13