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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 16.2oz / Women 14oz
Base model: Salewa Mountain Trainer 2
Use: Day Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.