41 users: 3.9 / 5
Weight: Men 418g / Women 340g
Use: Alpine
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly

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  • A streamlined version of the earlier model, the Salewa Mountain Trainer, this hiker is designed for technical hiking. It's built with the Salewa's 3F system that prevents the heel from sliding inside the shoe, resulting in less rubbing and blisters. Meanwhile, the durable synthetic upper provides protection against abrasion without the added weight.
  • This summer alpine approach shoe also features a grippy POMOCA S. Path outsole with aggressive lugs for grip and stability, a rubber toe cup and heel stabilizer for additional support and protection, and an Ortholite footbed for comfort.

The Salewa Mountain Trainer Lite is an approach shoe for men and women. It features an easy-to-adjust lacing climbing system that allows you to fine-tune the fit to safely and effectively navigate technical terrains.

Despite being a low-cut model, this shoe has the 3F system - a Y-shaped wire connection that connects the instep, heel, and sole for additional ankle support and keeps your heel steady and secure as you walk, run, or climb. Additionally, there's a pull loop at the back for easy on and off.

Built for some of the toughest terrains, the Mountain Trainer Lite is equipped with the POMOCA S. Path outsole - a propriety outsole solution by Salewa that's specifically designed for climbing and approach. It features an aggressive lugging and a special S-shaped tread pattern called the "gliding path" that promotes a seamless roll-through. There's a traction zone alongside the gliding path for sure-footed steps on different surfaces.

This lightweight hiking shoe from Salewa uses EVA for low-bulk cushioning. It's a lightweight foam that offers good bounce and flexibility. It also comes with an Ortholite insole for added softness and comfort. EVA has many good characteristics. Aside from being lightweight, it also forms easily (which is really important for comfort and support). It also absorbs impact really well.

As a rugged hiking shoe meant for technical terrain, the Mountain Trainer Lite features a heavy-duty upper made of a highly wear-resistant fabric. It's also coated with TPU for optimal protection against abrasion. This shoe doesn't have a waterproof lining for enhanced breathability, which is ideal for summer hikes. There's a rubber toe cup and heel stabilizer for added support and protection. Completing the upper is a climbing lacing system for a secure and precise fit.

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How Mountain Trainer Lite compares

This shoe: 70
All shoes average: 85
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This shoe: £130
All shoes average: £130
£50 £240
This shoe: 418g
All shoes average: 394g
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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.