Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Salewa Speed Beat GTX impressed a user with its light yet sturdy build.
  • An expert raved about its excellent adherence on mixed terrain.
  • The Salewa Speed Beat GTX men’s shoes received praises from a hiker. He noted it was able to stabilize his foot.
  • An avid hiker declared that it held his foot snugly which prevented slippage. He added that it gave him the confidence to tackle steep uphill slopes.
  • The waterproofing of this speed hiking shoe was proven by an owner.
  • A product tester declared that the Speed Beat GTX from Salewa proved her wrong. She initially thought that its rigid midsole would annoy her, but she was surprised with its utterly comfortable feel.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A gear critic noted that it has a narrow toe box.
  • A professional reviewer mentioned that she felt her foot overheating when hiking in an arid 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) weather.

Bottom line

Salewa has a wide selection of outdoor footgear, and the Speed Beat GTX is one of its successful products. This low-cut speed hiking shoe offers reliable protection against wet encounters. Also, what wearers find amusing are its unrelenting bite on rugged terrain and satisfying comfort. Not to mention, the brand’s engineers were able to keep its weight low. On the contrary, its width was amiss, and its ventilation was lacking. Overall, even though the Salewa Speed Beat GTX may not work superbly in hot outdoor conditions, its pros are still worth considering, especially for narrow-footed hikers.

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Good to know

  • The Salewa Speed Beat GTX is built for speed hikers who need a blend of flexibility and security in their step. It is built with the 3F system, a Salewa-exclusive technology that enhances the shoe’s ability to support the foot. This tech also doubles down on flexibility.
  • Its sole unit is engineered with two technologies—Motion Guidance and the S-Path glide zone of the outsole. These technologies work in synergy to manage underfoot pressure and promote the natural movement of the foot during transitions.

Salewa’s Speed Beat GTX is a fairly true-to-size, low-cut speed hiking footgear for men and women. It is offered in regular width in whole and half sizes. Users can customize its fit with the use of the gear’s front closure with 3F system.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Its ghillie-styled lacing system is made up of a synthetic lace and fabric eyelets. The remainder of the lace may be stowed inside the tongue’s debris-preventive stretch gaiter.


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