Verdict from 1 expert and 35 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Alpine-made: The Salewa Mountain Trainer 2 is a top-notch shoe for alpine trekking, according to most users.
  • Grippy: An expert reviewer admires the well-designed lugs that make the shoe great for via Ferrata ladders.
  • More padding: It has a much better insole than the older version, which means more cushioning.
  • Robust: Despite its low-cut design, the Mountain Trainer 2 is undeniably durable, some users suggest.
  • Lasting comfort: This alpine approach shoe is comfortable enough for long-haul travels, says an expert review.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Narrow: Two customers aren't pleased with the fact that it seems too tight.
  • Hard to get on: The stretchy material above the tongue doesn't allow the shoe to open up nicely, according to one user.

Bottom line

The highly touted Mountain Trainer gets a facelift! The thicker sole means it can survive some more abuses and the improved design makes it more versatile. With a robust sole, durable upper, and added cushioning, the Salewa Mountain Trainer 2 is a winner. All these things make the Mountain Trainer 2 a great choice for technical hikes, via ferratas and treks in all conditions and remote terrain.

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Salewa Mountain Trainer 2: The remake of Salewa's most promising alpine shoe

The Mountain Trainer that experienced hikers and alpinists love now comes in a new version. Here are the major upgrades you can expect from this model:

  • It's way lighter. While it definitely has the look and feel of the earlier version, the new MTN Trainer features a more modern construction which makes it 15% lighter. And you know what lightweight hiking shoes mean: they won't slow you down.
  • It comes with a stiffer sole. While you should consider flexible hiking shoes for most of your regular hikes, you need a more rigid footwear when edging on tricky approaches or standing on big wall aid ladders.
  • It's equipped with a stretch gaiter. This added feature is very helpful when hiking in wet conditions. 
  • The sole is thicker. Despite the amazing lightness of this approach shoe, the clunkier sole corresponds to more cushioning.

More reasons to love the MTN Trainer 2

Perhaps you still have your old pair of the Mountain Trainer sitting in your wardrobe. And now you're unsure whether you should give this newer version a try. Well, there are a few more reasons to.

  • It's an Ortholite shoe which means you are given additional foot support. Plus, it wicks moisture to help keep your feet cool.
  • Like other Salewa hiking shoes, the MTN Trainer is built using the 3F system wherein the instep area is connected to the sole and heel. The result? Greater flexibility, added support, and a secure fit.
  • This hiker is breathable. The lack of a waterproof membrane means your feet get enough airflow, especially during hot days. However, if you're tackling the trail in wet conditions, you may want to consider wearing waterproof hikers.


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