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: 12.3ozWomen: 10.4oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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94 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
I recommend you go grab a pair.
[I]t gave me confidence to pound on the uphills.
Updates to Salewa Speed Beat GTX
- 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 Speed Beat GTX size and fit
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.