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Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX Mid Hiking Boot - Men's

$219.95
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Why We Like The Wildfire Edge GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Some of the best climbs are the hardest to get to. So, when scree-fields, technical traverses, and steep mountain terrain are on the docket, we turn to the Wildfire Edge GTX Mid Hiking Boots. Their unique design lets us adjust them to a more precise climbing fit when scrambling and climbing, while still maintaining the comfort and flex we need for long hikes. Plus, the GORE-TEX membrane keeps your feet dry should unexpected weather interrupt the adventure.

  • Top-tier approach shoes that help you climb and scramble
  • GORE-TEX membrane keeps out moisture on wet, muddy hikes
  • Adjustable lacing system compresses your toes like a climbing shoe
  • Stiff forefoot and climbing-zone toe help on technical sections
  • Durable outsole provides traction on both wet and dry surfaces
  • Anti-debris stretch gaiter comfortably keeps out dirt and rocks
  • EXA-Shell system adds torsional stability for rocky trails
  • Special 3F fit system ensures a balance of flex and support
  • Item #SFW00BC

Upper Material
suede, Exa-Shell, microfiber
Waterproofing
GORE-TEX
Lining
GORE-TEX Extended Comfort
Closure
lace
Footbed
Ortholite
Midsole
EVA
Sole
Pomoca Speed MTN Pro
Claimed Weight
1lb 1.8oz
Activity
HIKING
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 3

3 stars for the sole

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5
Height
6` 2"
Weight
205 lbs

Never had a boot give me blisters like these. Tried over and over to break these in but they ALWAYS end up giving me bloody heels (not kidding). The fabric loop that you must grab with a death grip to ram your foot inside the gaiter (see reviews below) is stitched into the rear of the boot. For me ends up feeling like i have a rock in the back of my heel right below the achilles. Love the soles of these, they are very sticky and nimble, a nice light boot. Perhaps I just got a bad pair but could not recommend as its the only pair of boots ive genuinely not found to break in with use

>Rating: 5

Go-to shoes for mountain biking, hiking

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9.5
Height
6` 0"
Weight
178 lbs

I am now on my second pair of Wildfire Edge shoes and bought Mid GTX because they are waterproof and the gaiter is supposed to keep debris out. I really love these shoes for their fit and the grippyness of the sole. I ride (MTB) in OR, mainly in the mountains and these shoes are very well suited to riding, the sole grips into my flat pedals like nothing else. The stiff front of the shoe helps putting the power on the pedals. If you have to put your foot out or hob from the bike they grip well on the sand, roots and rocks. The fit is great for me, no blisters or pressure points. Hiking and basically everything else outdoors, they are comfortable, even on long hikes (downhill). The regular Edge has one disadvantage, it is not waterproof, the GTX is. They are also a bit warmer. The gaiter keeps most of the debris out, but not all. Putting them on is a bit tricky and needs some getting used to. They are pretty pricey, but deliver the value. It works for me.

>Rating: 2

If you have plenty of time on your hands

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
195 lbs

then this boot is for you. Putting these on is a painful exercise in futility. I have an easier time putting my ski boots on! Once on, they are comfortable, but IMO, the effort is not worth it. If they wanted a cuff seal, they should have gone with a zipper or something.

>Rating: 1

Blown out in six months.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 11"
Weight
190 lbs

As a trail builder, I was attracted to these boots for several reasons: light weight, durable materials, the built-in gaiter, and nice lugs on the sole. I was going to be wearing them 10 hours a day for five days a week. I was blown away by the quality for the first month or so, although the gaiter feature made the boots very difficult to put on, difficult to take off, and did not keep debris out of the boots. A better option is to purchase regular boots and a set of gaiters. About one month in I had shoelace loops on both boots break, not a huge deal. Here's what they look like after six months of use. I'm very disappointed in their longevity, given the cost of the boots. They are not "a true workhorse" as their employee review suggests. They have some good features, but the main feature was a pain, and they just didn't last at all.

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>Rating: 5

A True Workhorse, Without the Weight

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
11.5
Height
6` 2"
Weight
175 lbs

*Full Disclosure* I am employed by Oberalp NA, the parent company of Salewa, so make of this review what you will. This is my favorite boot in our line. I have been able to use a few others, but nothing did the trick for me like this one. It is important to know that this boot is fairly technical, so your daily wear-to-work boot this will probably not be. This boot is made to be on technical trail and off trail terrains. The edging plate in the forefoot gives it added stiffness for when you are really trying to get a purchase on small footholds for technical scrambling, and the full down-to-the-toe lacing system means you can dial in your lacing and lock down your foot as precisely as possible. Not scrambling up the side of mountains? No problem. I recently got my dad a pair for use at our family cabin, and he loves all those same features to work in the rugged uneven terrain surrounding the cabin. It is waterproof, rugged, provides plenty of grip and stability, and keeps out pesky rocks and shrubs with its integrated gaiter. The only issues I have ever had with this are the sizing and the gaiter. For sizing, since this is a more technical fit, I generally suggest going a half size up from your standard size to give both precision and comfort. As for the gaiter, it just takes some getting used to ;)

>Rating: 5

Awesome boots

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

Sizing is right with Merrell MOAB's, not a single blister yet, The lacing to the toes is new to me but I like being able to adjust the width of the forefoot somewhat. Great traction.

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Hi, is this 9 a US size? My foot is 265mm logn and regular.

Hey Luis, All of the shoes on Backcountry are listed as US sizes, unless stated otherwise. These boots in a US size 9 fit a 27cm foot, so they should be perfect for you! Thanks for adding some clarity to this product!

>Rating:

Hi, Can you tell me if they hiking boots or approach shoes?Just not sure what they are

Good question! These are something like an "approach boot". They offer the technical lacing and superior grip of an approach shoe, with the comfort of a hiking boot. They would best be used for long approaches to a climb, or technical rocky hiking. A standard approach shoe will offer less protection and comfort, and a standard hiking boot will not offer as much grip and rigidity when climbing. These are great inbetween!