Who should buy the Salewa Dropline

The Salewa Dropline 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. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is designed for mountain enthusiasts who want to move faster and comfortably on rugged trails.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers protection against the element and delivers reliable traction on most types of terrain. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that protects the wearer against sharp hazards and against rain or water.

Salewa Dropline logo

Size and fit

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.

Salewa Dropline upper 3

Enhance surface traction

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. 

Salewa Dropline outsole

Promotes natural roll-off and more efficient heel-to-toe transition

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.

Salewa Dropline outsole 1

Provides impact absorption and energy return

This lightweight hiker is powered by a performance EVA midsole that does not only delivers 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. 

Salewa Dropline midsole

Durable footbed

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.

Salewa Dropline insole

Provides abrasion protection

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. 

Salewa Dropline upper 2

Provides toe protection

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.

Salewa Dropline upper

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.9oz / Women 10.7oz
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Antimicrobial
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Salewa
Construction: Lace-to-toe

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.