Our verdict


Speed Beat GTX is one hella successful outdoor footwear. This low-cut speed hiking shoe offers reliable protection against wet encounters. Also, what wearers find amusing is its unrelenting bite on rugged terrain and satisfying comfort. Not to mention, it feels so light!


  • Lightweight
  • Excellent adherence on mixed terrain
  • Prevents slippage
  • Waterproof
  • Comfortable midsole


  • Narrow toe box
  • Lack of ventilation

Who should buy the Salewa Speed Beat GTX

The Salewa Speed Beat GTX may not work superbly in hot outdoor conditions, but its pros are still worth considering, especially for narrow-footed hikers. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is great for speed hikers who need a blend of flexibility and security in their step.
  • Prefer a shoe that has a 3F system that enhances the shoe’s ability to support the foot and doubles down on flexibility.
  • Prefer a shoe that manages underfoot pressure and promotes the natural movement of the foot during transitions.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX logo 1.0

Excellent surface traction

For surface traction, the Salewa Speed Beat GTX is equipped with a long-wearing outsole courtesy of Pomoca. It comes built with diamond-shaped, hollow-centered lugs that give wearers a secure footing in practically every direction.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX outsole

Makes strides feel more natural

The helical pattern extending from its rear end to its front end is the S-Path, a design technology that makes strides feel more natural, especially during heel strikes and toe-offs.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX S feel

Ample shock protection

The Speed Beat GTX offers adequate stability and cushioning on the trail with its dual-density EVA midsole. It is thick enough that it gives wearers ample shock protection on every landing.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX midsole

Comfortable cushioning

Helping the midsole improve the level of comfort it provides is a cushy footbed from Ortholite. On top of extra cushioning, this comfy layer also provides moisture management.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX midsole 2.0

Breathable and waterproof

Isolating the foot from the direct assault of the elements is the Speed Beat GTX’s below-the-ankle upper made of breathable mesh fabric. It is crafted with synthetic overlays that aid in abrasion protection and the Anti-Rock Heel Cup provides extra rearfoot support. Its liner is imbued with Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort technology, making the shoe both breathable and waterproof.

Salewa Speed Beat GTX upper