Salewa Mountain Trainer 2 GTX updates
As with most things with the number 2 in their names, the shoe in question has a few upgrades under its hat. The following are its key improvements over its predecessor:
Weighing scale friendlier. Compared with the first, the Mountain Trainer 2 GTX is lighter by approximately 120 g a pair. This shaved-off weight can be a boon for those who wish to tackle rugged trails quicker.
Built-in gaiter. Officially named by Salewa as stretch gaiter, this new element blocks the gaps on both sides of the tongue, keeping moisture and debris barred out as a result.
Upped flexibility. This upgrade of a hiker is about 15% more flexible than the Mountain Trainer GTX. This enhancement allows for extra feedback and mobility on both flat and rough terrain.
Is the Mountain Trainer 2 GTX a viable climbing tool?
For low-grade climbs, the short answer is yes. The long one? It can be used as a stand-in for a pair of approach shoes at best. If you look closer at its mountain-grade outsole, you will discover that its front end has a more uniform lug formation. This feature provides double the amount of traction when mounting on slabs and edges, ideal for getting to higher ground.