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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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Adequate

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

Pretty good all-around mountain shoe. I've used it on everything from low 5th class climbs to 12 mile roundtrip slogs through RMNP to even three days of mud and rain at the TomorrowWorld music festival outside Atlanta (where the goretex lining saved my life).



After only a week of continued use, the rubber reinforcement around the edge has started to separate from the shoe itself. I think this is a cosmetic complaint but it's kind of worrisome after such a short amount of time.



Attached photo is me belaying my friend up a pretty easy low 5th route we were doing for practice outside Allenspark, CO in August.



Make sure to wear good socks: I was (stupidly) wearing cotton ankle socks that kept soaking up sweat making smearing on rock very difficult because my foot slipped around inside the shoe.



They come kind of small too. Just be warned. Overall, I like them and actually have gotten compliments on my "climber shoes" when wearing them around at home in Texas. The goretex lining is useful when it rains.



Minus one star for the way they seem to be deteriorating after fairly little use, though - but again I think this is cosmetic and they still fit and feel fine.

Adequate

Still not sure...could be a 5 star?

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10

I used these for the first time today over 4 miles of very rocky terrain in Massachusetts. I immediately noticed that I could feel everything under my feet and the ball of one foot hurt by the end of the hike. I also noticed that the shoe is narrower than my other (Adidas) hiking shoe which, I think, caused my ankles to roll. Because of that, I was initially not confident. The problem is that these shoes are built so well and are so comfortable otherwise. Perhaps they just are not intended for normal New England hiking over rocky terrain? I hate to return them. Somebody talk me out of it.

disappointed

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 42.5

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I purchaised this shoe exactly one month ago, I had two different previous models and they were solid like a rock. Unfortunately this model sucks, at list for me didn't work out. It got crack, and I haven't even done any hiking, just used them in city. see photo. I am disappointed

Great shoe

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

I needed a light weight shoe rugged enough to handle hiking on lava for a hike in New Zealand. Although I didn't have time to break these Salewa shoes in, they proved to be very comfortable and well up to the task. As others have said, they fit a little on the small size, but forewarned I got a pair that were just great.

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.

Not sure your comment takes the entire opinion into account, but I totally agree that if there is no ventilation, the shoe cannot be sustainably comfortable. The shoe has ventilation (not the best); so they are cozy in that regard (not the coziest). Sorry if that was not clear.

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.

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!

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.

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

  • 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

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.

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.



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.

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.

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!

Wondering how the shoes will perform with...

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

How does this shoe compare to the Solomon...

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.

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!