Who should buy the Salewa Speed Beat GTX

The Salewa Speed Beat GTX may not work superbly in hot outdoor conditions, its pros are still worth considering, especially for narrow-footed hikers. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is built for speed hikers who need a blend of flexibility and security in their step.
  • Prefer a shoe that has a 3F system that enhances the shoe’s ability to support the foot and doubles down on flexibility.
  • Prefer a shoe that manages underfoot pressure and promotes the natural movement of the foot during transitions.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX logo 1.0

Excellent surface traction

For surface traction, the Salewa Speed Beat GTX is equipped with a long-wearing outsole courtesy of Pomoca. It comes built with diamond-shaped, hollow-centered lugs to give wearers a secure footing in practically every direction.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX outsole

Makes strides feel more natural

The helical pattern extending from its rear end to its front end is the S-Path, a design technology that makes strides feel more natural, especially during heel strikes and toe-offs.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX S feel

Ample shock protection

The Speed Beat GTX offers adequate stability and cushioning on the trail with its dual-density EVA midsole. It is engineered thick enough to give wearers ample shock protection on every landing.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX midsole

Comfortable cushioning

Helping the midsole improve the level of comfort it provides is a cushy footbed from Ortholite. On top of extra cushioning, this comfy layer also provides moisture management.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX midsole 2.0

Breathable and waterproof

Isolating the foot from the direct assault of the elements is the Speed Beat GTX’s below-the-ankle upper made of breathable mesh fabric. It is crafted with synthetic overlays for abrasion protection and the Anti-Rock Heel Cup for extra rearfoot support. Salewa engineers imbued its liner with Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort technology, making the shoe both breathable and waterproof.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX upper

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.3oz / Women 10.4oz
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Vegan / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Salewa

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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