Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Several outdoor addicts were stoked with the performance of the shoe regardless of the type of terrain.
  • A handful of users and an expert approved the comfort given by the Salewa Wander Hiker GTX.
  • Its ultra-expensive price was worth it considering the effectiveness of the features of this day hiking shoe, as mentioned by a lot of users.
  • A good deal of adventurers praised the Michelin outsole for its reliable grip.
  • According to numerous satisfied wide-footed wearers, the Wander Hiker GTX fits them perfectly.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few wearers were disappointed with the very long laces.
  • The low cuff of the Salewa Wander Hiker GTX annoyed an expert as he experienced frequent heel rubbing.

Bottom line

Comfort and outstanding delivery on trails are the pride of the Salewa Wander Hiker GTX. The effectiveness of its technologies received good remarks. It’s no wonder that people view it as a worthy purchase regardless of its steep price. On the flip side, there a few setbacks especially with the laces. Nevertheless, a little modification on the lacing can put the Salewa Wander Hiker GTX on the list of the best day hiking shoe for wide-footed adventurers.

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Good to know

  • The Salewa Wander Hiker GTX is equipped with patented technologies to offer comfort and performance in mixed mountain trails (grassy, rugged and even snowy). A nubuck leather combined with the 3F system, Flex Collar and a Gore-Tex lining makes up a protective and durable upper.
  • Providing protection and stability underfoot is the Michelin Wander Hiker outsole. It is made from their Outdoor Compound which optimizes traction even on a boggy terrain.
  • A Gumflate midsole and Ortholite insole are the cushioning features of the Wander Hiker GTX. Both render support and comfort to the user.

The Wander Hiker GTX from Salewa tailors to male and female hikers. It comes in regular sizes and standard width. The 3F system, as well as its lace-up closure, assist in rendering a precise fit. This shoe relatively runs true to size.

The Michelin Wander Hiker outsole, made of Outdoor Compound, renders grip on varied surfaces. Through its aggressive lug structures, it can bite into virtually all types of terrain. A wider contact area also helps stabilize ground footing.

Featuring the brand-patented Gumflate midsole, the Salewa Wander Hiker GTX grants a comfortable and supportive ride. It adapts to the ground and absorbs impacts. Likewise, it aids in stabilizing the foot for a safer stride.

The lightweight Ortholite insole helps keep the in-shoe environment dry and cool through its moisture management and breathability. Additionally, it offers long-lasting cushioning.

The 1.6 mm nubuck leather backed by a Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate protects the foot against trail debris and water encounters. It also makes the upper breathable. A rubber reinforcement is added to the heel and toe for protection.

The Flex Collar gives the cuff of the Wander Hiker GTX a curved shape which helps increase the ankle’s range of motion. This design helps the foot, especially on descents. The 3F system connects the instep area to the sole and heel for stability and foot control.


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