Who should buy the Dropline Mid?

  • Adventurers who keep to the beaten and level path
  • Trail runners transitioning to hiking
  • Folks who need an ankle-supportive pair minus the weightiness of most hiking boots
  • Wearers who like a plush and flexible Achilles’ heel rest
  • Striders

Who should avoid the Dropline Mid?

Trail-goers who need a boot with an aggressive outsole (toothy lugs + proper heel brake) may not be the target audience of this Salewa shoe. You might also want to consider another model if your daily hikes involve climbing low elevations (e.g., slopes and hills).

Alternatives to the Salewa Dropline Mid

Salewa Ultra Flex Mid GTX

Another speed hiking boot from Salewa, the Ultra Flex Mid GTX gives its name justice by being mighty flexible both on and off the trail. It comes with a heel brake for reassuring descents and a Gore-Tex membrane to shield against outside moisture.

Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX

If you need something stouter than the featured boot, the Cross Hike Mid GTX is a fine alternative. This speed hiker from Salomon is fully waterproof, complete with a gusseted tongue for increased water protection in deeper puddles.


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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.