Who should buy the Salewa Alp Trainer 2 GTX

In a nutshell, the Alp Trainer 2 GTX is a technical hiker for extended nature trips. Purchase it if:

  • You often negotiate cambered valleys and base-mountain terrain.
  • Hiking shoes that provide that extra bite on rocky descents are what you need.
  • You prefer backpacking shoes that have a bit of give underfoot.

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Who should not buy it

If you're looking for a far lighter pair, check out the Juxt from Vasque. And with zero fit issues, the La Sportiva Spire GTX is a great alternative to the Alp Trainer 2 GTX.

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Magnetic on various surfaces

Based on many reviews, the Salewa Alp Trainer 2 GTX is quite tenacious. A professional blogger says that it's "grippy over a variety of terrain." An experienced hiker says that it provides "great grip in wet and muddy and rocky conditions." Its "traction is fantastic," says yet another trail-goer.

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Comfort that sticks with you

Reviewers find the Salewa Alp Trainer 2 GTX super-comfy right from the start. An expert among them says that it's "comfortable over long distances." A non-professional reviewer, on the other hand, says that the featured kick is "super comfortable from the first minute."

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No wetness in the Salewa Alp Trainer 2 GTX

In terms of waterproofing, this trekking shoe hits the mark. A long-time backpacker says that it's "definitely waterproof," shielding his feet from moisture in moderate rains and shallow creeks.

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Quite clunky for a low-top shoe

There are those who are not fond of the 470-gram per-shoe weight of this Salewa trekking kick. One of them says that "the shoe feels bottom heavy," while another says that it's "not very light."

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Alp Trainer 2 GTX: A great footing-preserver

With comments such as "protective and supportive" and "good lateral stability," the Salewa Alp Trainer 2 GTX takes your balance insecurities away. Yes, this low-top kick preserves your footing on considerably uneven surfaces.

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A showcase of premium workmanship

This beautifully designed trail-slash-trekking shoe from Salewa boasts an enviable finish, and reviewers agree. One of them says that it has "very good workmanship." Another trail enthusiast says, "they look well done."

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Flexible in the right spots

The Alp Trainer 2 GTX is neither too bendy nor too rigid. A trusted gear journo agrees, saying that the featured hiking shoe has "the right balance between flexibility and stiffness."

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Not for narrow-heeled hikers

It's been reported that the Salewa Alp Trainer 2 GTX feels a bit too roomy around the rear foot zone. A reviewer says that you need to tie the laces tighter just to get a semblance of heel security. In his own words, he says, "I feel sloppy when I try to be aggressive with these shoes on the trail."

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 16.6oz / Women 13.1oz
Base model: Salewa Alp Trainer 2
Use: Backpacking, Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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