Wildfire GTX Hiking Shoe
Wildfires can stay stagnant until a wind pull them faster than fire crews can control. Similarly, you'll appreciate the alpine lake you hiked to for hours, and then move down the mountain fast in the Salewa Men's Wildfire GTX Hiking Shoe. This technical hiker creates a comfortable atmosphere for your foot when you're trekking over rocky scrambles, ridge traverses, and difficult terrain. Its Gore-Tex Extended Comfort provides reliable waterproofing that's still incredibly comfortable to wear in warm temperatures, and the Pomoca Butylic compound rubber sole has a climbing zone to give the traction necessary whether you're jumping between stones in the lake or retreating back to the car during a surprise rainstorm.
- Technical hiking shoe keeps comfy on approaches and traverses
- Gore-Tex Extended Comfort is waterproof and very breathable
- Mesh upper with Exa Shell and 3F for firm ankle and heel support
- Ortholite footbed wicks moisture and cushions underfoot
- Pomoca Butylic compound rubber gives grip on both wet and dry rock
- Item #SFW0077
What do you think about this product?
November 29, 2019
Great All Purpose Hiking Shoe
My Patagonia hiking shoes lasted nearly 10 years of hard trails, and when it was finally time to replace them, I did a lot of careful research. The Wildfire does what it is intended to do well. I like my non-GTX Wildfire that I got a second pair with GTX. While they are not perfect, they are very nearly so. Comfortable shoe, no problem hiking, and needed no break-in period. The sole gives lots of feedback, and they may seem thin, but on my first hike I trekked through thorny brambles with no problem. The soles looked like a pincushion afterward and I had to pull some of those thorns out with pliers. They look great, which is a plus, but not a big concern when performance is a priority. Grippy and comfortable, but not as much foot hugging cushion as my late lamented Patagoniaâs. Thicker hiking socks would do the trick, so this is not a problem. I also hike with 50 pounds of camera gear, and I found them to hold up perfectly. My only real complaint is that the tongue is not integrated into the shoe, to keep debris out. Because of this, I had serious reservations about buying them, but I took a chance and found that they do keep debris out just fine. Those thorny brambles I hiked through would have shredded a lesser shoe, and thankfully my feet were unscathed. I also swapped the laces out for some cinching laces. Personal preference but I found them to be much more comfortable this way, as the performance does not suffer. Overall, I am VERY pleased with these shoes, and I think any all-purpose hiker would be as well.
October 6, 2019
100 Miles In...Still Awesome!
The shoes have been great for almost everything outside! Excellent for long hikes on scree, dirt, and almost any terrain in summer/spring conditions! Not bad for trail running, either! My only complaint is that the logos faded after less than 10 miles, and the multicolored strip on the back of each shoe is nonexistent now. The durability still seems fantastic, however, I never worry about them regardless of the terrain Iâm on. Awesome shoe, I definitely recommend!
March 14, 2019
These shoes are great daily drivers, around town, on the trail and everywhere in between. It's a sticky, aggressive sole that does well in any conditions, including solid grip on wet rock! Supportive enough for day trips or scrambling on easy climbs. As a Salewa employee, these are one of my go-to shoes!
March 3, 2019
My new favorite shoe for hiking when I don’t feel the need for high tops. They keep me dry and have amazing traction.
August 9, 2018
This shoe has been my go to for daily footwear. Yes it is a flat insole, but honestly majority of brands make flat insoles. So I threw in some aftermarkets and they are fantastic! The GTX is perfect with the Gore-Tex surround tech. I have had a lot of complements on these shoes because they are good looking and sleek. My hikes so far have been great with the Pomoca outsole. It has tons of grip as well as great lug pattern for traction. The shoe is stable and stiff to hold up to rougher terrain. The important thing to remember is the fit. Approach shoes do run narrow and these are on the narrow side. I would go up a half size if you have mid to wide feet. But I ordered true to size and they fit perfectly snug. All together. The shoe is strong, waterproof, stylish, and lightweight!
July 31, 2018
Salewa Wildfire GTX Hiking Shoe the G&B
Pros: Well made, GTX works, look good, the laces hold well, tow box can be tightened for descents. The heal cushion is decent and the tread is grippy. 42 miles in 4 days and no blisters! Cons: Foot bed is flat, bad for medium to high arched feet. Plan on getting a custom foot bed, this could affect your size. The material that comes off the tongue is weak and will tear with little effort. For a hiking shoe I would expect much thicker sole. You can feel every single pebble under the ball of your foot. A thicker Vibram sole would be better. The worst con: this shoe is very unstable. Incredibly unstable. I understand that it isn't a mid/boot, but when I tried them on the first time I was able to roll the shoe to the out side with very little effort on a flat hardwood floor. The width of the sole is very thin. I suspected that in less than perfect terrain I would run into issues. Sure enough, I was in the high Sierras on a 42 mile loop. All terrain was present. The second I got lazy or tiered, I started rolling my ankle to the outside, this is very dangerous and unsafe. I would recommend these shoes for short hikes or daily wear but not hiking with 30 to 40 pound packs for any real distance. I was using the Salewa GTX approach shoe before these and absolutely loved them. I wish these were as stable.
July 18, 2018
Salewa Wildfire GTX
Here's my impressions after a month of daily work wear. Pro's: Best sole ever for a light mtn shoe. Such a huge step up in grip from the Firetail sole. Amazing on rock and steep dirt in particular. Super comfortable. No break-in required. 3F system seems better than on the Mtn. Trainers. It sits higher and causes absolutely no heel discomfort. Excellent lacing and foot hold. Nice to be able to lace to the toe if desired (I usually don't lace to the toe for more toe room). Durable laces. The exoskeleton provides great foot-hold without unnecessary weight. Supportive and cushiony mid-sole. Excellent blend of stiffness for an off-trail shoe. Excellent Achilles collar and tongue. Tall enough to keep debris out, but crazy comfy. Con's: Mid-sole / 3-F Rand junction delaminating. Grit gets inside and rubs holes in the GTX from the outside in. A few other places where rand rubber is delaminating from the mid-sole. Toe-box shape isn't as natural or comfortable as the Firetail toe-box (which is the best shoe shape ever!!!). It's love the Wildfire to adopt the same last shape as the Firetail. Overall impressions - Best performing, most comfortable off-trail shoe I've used. Excellent features. Durability of the adhesion between the rand and midsole would keep them waterproof longer (mine now take on water).