Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 23.6ozWomen: 19.4oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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94 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews
You won't be disappointed in what you find here, as the Mountain Trainer is an amazing blend of comfort, security, and stability that isn't found in just any piece of footwear.
We've been really impressed with them.
A great all around pair of hiking shoes.
Don’t be fooled by the name; this is a full-on mountain boot that will keep you stable on technical ground.
Updates to Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
- Salewa took it up a notch when they approached mountain guides and learned about their experiences. They addressed the most common complaint by updating the Mountain Trainer Mid GTX.
- With the notion that descent is the hardest part of a hike, Salewa has adapted the Flex Collar and Bilight midsole to this pair. These technologies work together to aid in easier descent. The Flex Collar promotes plantar flexion while the ergonomic design of Bilight midsole makes it shock absorbent.
- The revamped version now uses Gore-Tex Performance Comfort from the previous Gore-Tex Extended Comfort. Both offer waterproofing. However, the update renders moderate insulation. The new membrane is suitable for different seasons.
- Previously, Salewa utilized the Vibram Approach Sole. The updated version is now equipped with the Vibram Wrapping Thread Combi (WTC). It has a low-profile look that renders optimal traction. The improvements of this hiking boot caused an increase in weight. Both the men's and the women's versions are about 20 grams heavier.
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX size and fit
The Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX is offered in standard whole and half sizes for both men and women. It comes in medium width. This backpacking boot features the Climbing Lacing system which allows users to customize their fit. It has a to-the-toe lacing for a precise adjustment for support and optimum performance. It generally runs true to size.
The Salewa exclusive Vibram Wrapping Thread Combi (WTC) powers the Mountain Trainer Mid GTX. This lightweight component has a minimalistic design and aggressive lugs. These qualities enable the users to have a natural feel of the ground while rendering traction and walkability.
With the mid stiff nylon insole and Bilight midsole, this hiking boot is able to provide support and comfort. The Bilight midsole is designed to be extra flexible while offering more cushioning in the heel area. It is a shock absorbent component. Its design prevents the boot from sliding when taking on steep terrains.
Accommodating a broader range of foot shapes and sizes is the Multi Fit Footbed plus (MFF+). This component has a customizable layer that conforms to the volume of the users’ foot.
The non-toxic, all-natural technology used in the Mountain Trainer Mid GTX to prevent odor is the Cleansport NXT. It destroys the odor-causing bacteria that are activated every time sweat is present on foot. These microbes remain dormant until reactivated by perspiration.
Using a 1.6mm suede leather and wear-resistant fabric in its upper, the Mountain Trainer Mid GTX provides flexibility and durability. Suede leathers are known to be long-lasting and light. The 360-degree full rubber rand that surrounds the backpacking boot's upper strengthens its construction.
The 3F system creates a connection on the heel, instep and the ankle to contain the heel securely in place. Also known as the Salewa “Y,” this technology renders ankle support, flexibility and precise fit.
The ergonomic design of the Flex Collar takes care of the comfort during descents. It promotes the ankle’s rear range of motion thus eliminating foot fatigue. It does not inhibit plantar flexion of the foot. In a standing position, plantar flexion is when the foot is pointing down and away from the leg. Being able to perform plantar flexion freely, along with proper strengthening of the lower leg muscles mitigates injuries.
The Gore-Tex Performance Comfort takes care of waterproofing and breathability. It offers moderate insulation to retain heat when needed. Its comfort is felt in a wide range of outdoor conditions.