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- Salewa’s Ultra Train 2, the successor to the first-gen Ultra Train, is a supportive vegan footgear built for mountain training and fast hikes alike. Noticeable at first glance is the updated design of its tongue. It is now engineered with a covering (a.k.a stretch gaiter) that protects the shoe’s interior from intrusive debris.
- The shoe’s breathable upper is a huge departure from its predecessor’s in terms of design; its mostly mesh shell no longer has the old version’s coated fabric overlays. Instead, it has a synthetic rand around its base for abrasion protection.
- It inherits two technologies from the first Ultra Train: Motion Guidance and the 3F system. The former enhances footing security and natural movement, while the latter grants improved support, extra flexibility, and an accurate fit.
The Salewa Ultra Train 2 is a low-cut hiking shoe for men and women. Its relatively true-to-size fit is intended for hikers with regular-width feet. It comes in half and full sizes. Users may personalize its fit and get a secure lockdown via the footwear’s quick lace-up closure.
Giving speed hikers ample slip and skid resistance on the trail is the Ultra Train 2’s Michelin outsole, conveniently called Ultra Train. As it is built using Michelin’s Outdoor Compound X (OCX), this sticky layer is capable of producing and maintaining sufficient traction on different types of surfaces, whether wet or dry. Its lug geometry is tire-like, offering extra grip over loose soil.
A chunky midsole made of EVA is what cushions and stabilizes the foot in the Ultra Train 2. Its thick construction mitigates shock on every landing. Salewa engineers topped it with a removable, moisture-wicking footbed from Ortholite to give trail lovers additional support and comfort underfoot.
The Salewa Ultra Train 2’s low-top upper is made of mesh fabric. Its vulnerable parts are built with synthetic overlays to give it ample protection from scratches and cuts. Hugging its rear region is the Anti-Rock Heel Cup which, given by its name, provides added heel support. For debris protection, Salewa designers furnished its tongue section with a stretch gaiter.
Its lockdown system is comprised of mostly fabric loops and a sturdy cord for a lace. The top-most pair of eyelets are part of the 3F system—using them properly bolsters its heel support.