Who should buy the Salewa Mountain Trainer

The Salewa Mountain Trainer may still be a competent pair to wear during a trip because of its trail-centric strengths, granted users get used to its stiff construction. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is designed for technical terrains.
  • Prefer a shoe that has a TPU-injected midsole for long-wearing and has superior shock absorption qualities.
  • Prefer a shoe that offers a ton of protection against wear and tear.

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Superior traction and stability 

Designed for some of the most challenging terrains, this shoe features the Vibram Mtn Trainer Evo - a self-cleaning outsole known for its superior grip and stability on difficult terrain. It features deep, aggressive lugs that offer a good grip on mud, rocks, soft grass, scree, and via ferratas. 

Salewa Mountain Trainer outsole

Creates more grip on the rungs

In the midfoot area is the Ferrata Zone characterized by right-angled lugs that work by maximizing the force applied to the foot. This special feature creates more grip on the rungs via Ferrata ladders.

Salewa Mountain Trainer Outsole 2.0

Offers long-wearing cushioning

The Mountain Trainer features the Bilight midsole which offers long-wearing cushioning for the foot, along with shock absorption and rebound. The Bilight midsole has a TPU injected construction that is ergonomically designed to cradle the foot and is mechanically inclined to bounce back when pressure is applied, like a spring. This provides more flexibility and cushioning when navigating steeper terrain.

Salewa Mountain Trainer Offers long-wearing cushioning


TPU stands for thermoplastic polyurethane - a type of plastic material that has many properties, including elasticity, oil, water and abrasion resistance, and transparency. While it's heavier than EVA, it is much more durable. It also retains its cushioning even with a long time of use. On top of the midsole is an OrthoLite footbed that wicks moisture and keeps the foot cool.

Salewa Mountain Trainer Water-resistant


This shoe has a suede upper with mesh lining for increased breathability. Since it doesn't have a waterproof inner lining, the Mountain Trainer is best worn in drier, warmer environments. 

Salewa Mountain Trainer  Breathable

Provides additional friction for toe hooking

The upper features a 360° rubber rand that protects the stitching around the upper and sole and provides additional friction for toe hooking.

Salewa Mountain Trainer Provides additional friction for toe hooking

Secure fit

There's a Y-shaped synthetic overlay that provides additional support and reinforces the lacing system for a secure fit. Completing the upper is a lace-to-toe closure with 3D eyelets that allow for a customized fit.

Salewa Mountain Trainer Secure fit

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 18.2oz / Women 16oz
Update: Salewa Mountain Trainer 2
Use: Backpacking, Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Salewa Mountain Trainer
Features: Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake, Antimicrobial
Width: Normal

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