Who should buy the Salewa Wildfire Edge

The Wildfire Edge is an impeccable Salewa piece in which adventurers can hike, climb, and look well all at the same time. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that is designed for those who need enhanced precision in their step.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that gives the foot extra support while allowing the wearer to pull off maneuvers with as much flexibility as possible.

Salewa Wildfire Edge logo

Excellent traction on both wet and dry surfaces

What supplies hikers with sufficient surface grip in the Salewa Wildfire Edge is the Pomoca Speed Mtn outsole. This component, which is made entirely of butilic compound (rubber), is capable of producing enough friction on both wet and dry surfaces. Its diamond-shaped protrusions or lugs bolster its ability to provide surefootedness over loose- or soft-soiled terrain.

Salewa Wildfire Edge outsole 3

Excellent edging performance

Salewa shoemakers built it with a climbing zone (the outsole’s smoothed-out front edge) to help wearers perform edging maneuvers in safety. Its presence allows approach hikers to mount on ledge-like projections without requiring them to slip into their rock climbing shoes.

Salewa Wildfire Edge outsole 2

Shock-absorbing cushioning

The Salewa Wildfire Edge protects and cushions the foot with its stout heel midsole. It proactively absorbs shock thanks to its thick yet cushy construction. It transitions to the shoe’s Edging Plate—a flexible yet sturdy component that promises adequate support in edge situations.

Salewa Wildfire Edge midsole

Heavy-duty and comfortable cushioning

Right on top of the heavy-duty midsole and the Edging Plate is the removable MFF+ insert. This footbed comes in two parts: A padded top layer and a brace-like bottom layer. They attach to each other with the use of hook-and-loop (Velcro) patches.

Salewa Wildfire Edge insole 1

Provides excellent breathability and abrasion protection

Suede leather, with a thickness of 1.6 mm, is what makes up the majority of the Wildfire Edge’s low-top upper. Its interior is lined with breathable mesh. It is equipped with 3D-injected EXA Shell overlays for abrasion protection. Salewa designers armed it with an anti-rock heel cup for improved rearfoot support, and a hard-wearing toe cap for added defense against bumpy hazards.

Salewa Wildfire Edge upper

Easy to wear

It has a pull loop at the heel to help wearers slip in and out of the shoe with relative ease. Its lockdown system is comprised of combination eyelets and synthetic lace.

Salewa Wildfire Edge loop

Salewa Wildfire Edge vs. Wildfire GTX

The Wildfire Edge is part of Salewa’s roster of quality approach-centric kicks. That said, the shoe shares the limelight with another gear from the same brand—the Wildfire GTX. Gain knowledge of their key differences in the following list.

Footbed technology. The Salewa Wildfire Edge, as previously discussed (see Midsole section), has a semi-modular footbed, called MFF+. The Wildfire GTX, on the other hand, has its supply of underfoot comfort sourced from its Ortholite footbed. Both components are removable.

Waterproofing. Between the two competing approach shoes, only the Wildfire GTX is watertight. Yes, it comes with a waterproof yet breathable liner from Gore-Tex, called Extended Comfort.

Weight. Hikers might find the Wildfire GTX as the more favorable shoe on this front. Indeed, it is lighter than the Salewa Wildfire Edge by roughly 30 grams.

Vegan construction. In this round, the Salewa Wildfire GTX bags the crown by being a vegan-friendly approach shoe. It is made of a set of materials devoid of any animal substance.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Salewa Wildfire
Features: Heel brake
Material: Leather
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Salewa
Randing: Forefoot only

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Author
Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.