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Grip, sensitivity, and waterproof protection for wide-ranging adventure.

The Salewa Men's Wildfire GTX Hiking Shoe boasts a close, blister-free fit, flexibility, and support all in a sleek, less-is-more design. From a rocky, techy approach to the wall to boulder-hopping and navigating scree fields, this new generation of approach shoe can do it all―and, thanks to its Gore-Tex waterproof breathable protection, can do it in any weather. The Wildfire's Exa Shell system features the 3F heel retention, Power Grid forefoot support, and Hexagonal Support Rand that are welded directly onto the ballistic mesh to give you a close, sensitive fit that provides feedback. Combine this with a durable but tenacious sticky rubber Vibram outsole and a flexible forefoot, and you're ready to tackle the roughest trail or the trickiest approach.

  • Anatomical last with a spherical heel conforms to your foot, supports your arch, and creates a blister-free fit
  • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort insert offers waterproof protection, yet breathes for comfort
  • Ballistic mesh upper with padded microfiber tongue is breathable and highly durable
  • 3F System wraps around your instep and heel to offer unmatched heel retention so you enjoy a friction-free, blister-free precision fit as well as excellent ankle support
  • Power Grid exoskeletal support in forefoot offers two-way load transmission for optimal forefoot balance and support
  • Multi-Fit Footbed+ technology enables you to adjust the internal fit by switching the footbed, offering narrow and medium feet a custom feel
  • EVA midsole and PU Shock Absorber cushion your foot on descents
  • Hexagonal support rand protects the shoe from impact and abrasion and provides grip
  • Microfiber and rubber toe bumper adds protection
  • Silverized antimicrobial treatment inhibits the accumulation of odors
  • Climbing-style lacing extends further towards the front to allow you to dial in your fit
  • Proprietary Salewa Vibram Approach Evo outsole provides maximum grip and edging on rocks and helps you put on the brakes on steep descents

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5 5

Great hiking shoe

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

I really like the fit and high quality of materials.
I have some other Salewa shoes that have become my goto product for hikes. I also like the adjustable insoles.

4 5

Good shoe.

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

PROS: sturdy, descent waterproofing, saved my toes on steep downhills

CONS: not the best ventilation, next morning sole-soreness, needs more grip, weak insole, awkwardly long laces (petty, I know).

SUGGESTIONS: Buy half size bigger, don't dismiss them as stiff or snug too quickly-break them in for a few weeks first, buy cozy insoles.

APPLICATION: I hiked Half Dome in them. They are not as cozy and ventilated as my Salomon's, but my Salomon's wouldn't have had the support I needed on this hike. I also didn't have to stop and tighten and retie my shoes as often. My wife wore the female version and had the same feedback.

Great shoe.

5 5

Builds confidence on sketchy hikes

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

These shoes are true to size and the swappable footbed works well. I am currently using the narrow fit and find that it is not too restricting on the sides of my feet. I used these on a trip to Angel's Landing and couldn't be happier with the grip and comfort.

5 5

Killer shoe

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

Rocking these in the rainy PacNW and I've been really impressed how dry they are. Pouring rain and muddy conditions haven't breached these shoes. The sole definitely has 'flatter' feel to it for technical hiking and climbing as opposed to a 'rounder' roll like a trail runner would have. Great traction as well!

5 5

Love them so far

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

Did a 10 mile hike in these last week and the shoes felt great. I really like the grip of the sole in walking over loose gravel. As others have mentioned, the shoes do get warm and I noticed that. I have very flat feet and the shoes fit great. I ordered the same size I wear in running shoes and the fit is just right. I really look forward to wearing these.

Cowles Mountain in the rain.

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Testing out the Salewa Wildfire GTX shoes. Wifey has the Firetails. They grip really well on wet surfaces.

5 5

Durable, fast, and light.

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

This boot is completely functionality driven. An amazing low cut hiking boot. Seems bullet proof but light as a feather on the trails. I primarily us them for 5+ mile day hikes and my feet still feel comfortable at the end of the trail. I was skeptical having never owned a pair of Salewa shoes. I am so glad that I went with this mountaineering focused company. I'll definitely purchase Salewa again.

Comfortable Do It All Mountain Shoe

Comfortable Do It All Mountain Shoe

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Approach climb in LCC

5 5

Comfortable Do It All Mountain Shoe

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

Most comfortable approach style shoe out there. The 3F system offers amazing heel retention(usually my biggest issue), multiple foot beds and also the lacing is great for different adventures, hiking, technical approaches and climbing, and the rubber, although not the stickiest, does a good job. The GTX is a must for varied conditions. I use these with a pair of gaiters for snow hiking and stay nice and dry. Perfect shoe for the Wasatch or anywhere you'll be with technical scrambles and hikes.

Comfortable Do It All Mountain Shoe
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I'm debating between these shoes and salewa's mountain trainer GTX approach shoes. Do you know anything on the mountain trainers. I want the perfect shoes for approach climbing. Why did you decide these?

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Hey Kevin! There are a lot of similar features between the two shoes. I went with the Wildfires over the Mountain Trainers mainly because of the climbing style lacing and also the sole. I felt the combination lug pattern with the dot rubber and tread was going to be a little better for varied terrain. Both models do have a climbing "zone" on the toe and feature the same awesome heel retention. I also felt the mountain trainers had a slightly wider toe box than the wildfires.

4 5

good like hiking shoe

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

grippy sole, comfortable from the get-go, somewhat narrow however the dual insoles allow thick socks for cold weather or thinner using both insoles.

5 5

Lightweight & GoreTex

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

I was looking for a new shoe to take up to Canada where I stayed in the woods by a glacier river. I wanted something super breathable, lightweight, and waterproof. You can't go wrong with GoreTex. The shoe is very durable too! They run a little tight in the toe-box but after a day of heavy use I had no more problems.

4 5

Light weight and well constructed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I tried these shoes for a few weeks and really hoped they would work out.

I went with this model because they are the lightest low cut hikers. I had no problem with blisters. Seem to be very waterproof. Traction is very good.

I like the multi fit footbed concept, but found I needed inserts for more cushion. I also felt they were narrow in the toe area. After putting at least 30 miles on them could not get one to allow a little more spacing in the toe area even tried a shoe tree. So unfortunately I could not get a comfortable fit.

Still giving 4 stars because it is a quality product.

Wondering how the shoes will perform with...

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Wondering how the shoes will perform with a heavy pack - say 40 lbs to 50 lbs.

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They should work fine with that much load... though you might want to look more at a boot rather then a shoe if you plan to regularly carry that much. The higher top from a boot can give increased ankle support.

5 5

Excellent light weight hiking shoe

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

Today was my first day using the Salewa Wildfire GTX Hiking. While being lighter than my previous hiking shoes i had significantly less bruising around the arches of my feet and more toe (or front end) control while navigating through moderately rugged terrain. Long story short I'd recommend these shoes to a friend.

How does this shoe compare to the Solomon...

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How does this shoe compare to the Solomon GTX trail runner? Particularly I'm wondering if this shoe is as flexible/supple as the Solomon, or if it's more of a true hiker.

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Hey Rich,
In comparison to the Solomon GTX trail runner this shoe will be more of a true hiker. From what I have experienced, the Salewa is more geared as an approch/hiking shoe, where as the Solomon is better for trailrunning/hiking. In other words, if the hiking I did stayed on well maintained trails and peaks that are not very exposed I would go with the Solomon GTX. On the other hand, since most of the hiking I do is on a exposed ridge line or on a steep approach that I cannot afford to fall on, I prefer the Salewa. If you have any more questions feel free to give us a call at 1-800-409-4502, or chat in on the website!

5 5

Best hiking shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these shoes for a few weeks now and they have been the best shoes ever. Quick and easy to to find the right fit and after 45 miles not a single blister. If you are looking for a shoe that will take you anywhere in the back country then you can't go wrong with these!