Who should buy the Salewa Mountain Trainer
The Salewa Mountain Trainer may still be a competent pair to wear during a trip because of its trail-centric strengths, granted users get used to its stiff construction. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer a shoe that is designed for technical terrains.
- Prefer a shoe that has a TPU-injected midsole for long-wearing and has superior shock absorption qualities.
- Prefer a shoe that offers a ton of protection against wear and tear.
Superior traction and stability
Designed for some of the most challenging terrains, this shoe features the Vibram Mtn Trainer Evo - a self-cleaning outsole known for its superior grip and stability on difficult terrain. It features deep, aggressive lugs that offer a good grip on mud, rocks, soft grass, scree, and via ferratas.
Creates more grip on the rungs
In the midfoot area is the Ferrata Zone characterized by right-angled lugs that work by maximizing the force applied to the foot. This special feature creates more grip on the rungs via Ferrata ladders.
Offers long-wearing cushioning
The Mountain Trainer features the Bilight midsole which offers long-wearing cushioning for the foot, along with shock absorption and rebound. The Bilight midsole has a TPU injected construction that is ergonomically designed to cradle the foot and is mechanically inclined to bounce back when pressure is applied, like a spring. This provides more flexibility and cushioning when navigating steeper terrain.
TPU stands for thermoplastic polyurethane - a type of plastic material that has many properties, including elasticity, oil, water and abrasion resistance, and transparency. While it's heavier than EVA, it is much more durable. It also retains its cushioning even with a long time of use. On top of the midsole is an OrthoLite footbed that wicks moisture and keeps the foot cool.
This shoe has a suede upper with mesh lining for increased breathability. Since it doesn't have a waterproof inner lining, the Mountain Trainer is best worn in drier, warmer environments.
Provides additional friction for toe hooking
The upper features a 360° rubber rand that protects the stitching around the upper and sole and provides additional friction for toe hooking.
There's a Y-shaped synthetic overlay that provides additional support and reinforces the lacing system for a secure fit. Completing the upper is a lace-to-toe closure with 3D eyelets that allow for a customized fit.