Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the Salewa Dropline reviews speak of its unbelievable comfort.
  • The midsole works like a spring on moderate and technical trails, some testers write. 
  • This alpine shoe can greatly handle long days in the mountains or around camp, according to an in-depth review.
  • It's a very reliable technical shoe, notes another tester.
  • One buyer commends the styling of the shoe.
  • It's truly worth the price, a satisfied customer says.

1 reason not to buy

  • One tester says the shoe fits narrow.

Bottom line

A lightweight hiking shoe - the Salewa Dropline gets high marks for living up to its promise: comfort and performance. Experienced hikers and backpackers love that walking with these shoes feel like there's a spring underneath. Additionally, the technical grippy outsole and Gore-tex waterproof liner mean more adventures in the great outdoors - rain or shine. 

This hiker is truly worth the premium price tag and fits the bill for anyone looking for a sturdy pair of approach shoes that can survive use and abuse.

Tip: see the best hiking shoes.

Good to know

-Designed for mountain enthusiasts who want to move faster and comfortably on rugged trails, the Salewa Dropline is built with top-notch features that make hiking or trekking a breeze. These include the performance EVA midsole for lightweight support, a durable air mesh upper for protection against the elements, and a Pomoca outsole that delivers reliable traction on most types of terrain. 

-This shoe also comes with an Ortholite footbed for additional cushioning and support, a rubber toe cap that protects against sharp hazards, and a stretch gaiter that protects against rain or water.

The Salewa Dropline is a low-cut hiking shoe designed using the 3F System which is basically a Y-shaped structure that connects the instep with the sole and heel, resulting in a well-fitting, flexible, and very supportive shoe. It also has an anti-rock heel cup that holds the heel firmly in place for stability and comfort. 

This speed hiking shoe features a traditional lacing system for a secure and customizable fit. There's a pull loop at the back of the collar for easy on and off.

Like other Salewa hiking shoes, the Dropline boasts of the grippy and sticky Pomoca S Path Outsole. It's designed to keep the foot's center of pressure on the terrain, resulting in enhanced traction no matter what the surface. The lug shapes vary throughout the entire sole and there is ample space in between the lugs to help with the dispersal of sticky mud and large debris that the shoe might catch along the way. Furthermore, the S Path design promotes natural roll-off and more efficient heel-to-toe transition.

This lightweight hiker is powered by a performance EVA midsole that does not only deliver superior cushioning but also provides impact absorption and energy return. These qualities are very important for speed hiking and backpacking where hikers have to traverse long and challenging trails. Reinforcing the shoe cushioning system is an Ortholite footbed that is equipped with wicking moisture management. 

Ortholite footbeds are also very durable. Compared to traditional insoles, Ortholite insoles don't get compressed easily so they can be used for a long time.

The shoe upper is made of high-quality performance mesh reinforced by the propriety EXA-SHELL grid that wraps the upper foot and protects against abrasion. Other features of the Salewa Dropline are the anti-rock heel cup that supportively locks the heel in place for added stability and a rubber toe cap that protects against accidental impact, bumps, and trail hazards. Lastly, it comes with a stretch gaiter that keeps out trail debris, such as dirt, rocks, grit, and leaves.


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