Who should buy the Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX

There is nothing quite like being fully equipped for whatever approach hikes will hurl at you. That feeling of readiness can be realized with the Wildfire Edge GTX. 

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Who should not buy the Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX

Based on a few reviews, they stated that it is much better if it could be a bit roomier. Its lockdown mechanism might be too stringy for some, which can lead to durability issues in the long term and the default footbed of the shoe might take you some time to get used to. If you are looking for a shining example of how approach shoes should be comfort-wise, you might want to check the Hanwag Makra Low GTX.

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Features of the Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX

  • Adaptability. This is perhaps what makes the Wildfire Edge GTX stand out among most approach kicks. The design responsible for the shoe’s versatility is its mode-switching feature. Want more hiking comfort? Lace-up until the sixth pair of eyelets from the bottom up. Otherwise, meaning if you need to maximize your climbing precision, use the extra heel-hugging eyelets.
  • Enhanced toeing control. The shoe’s smooth front end and stiff plating around the ball of the foot provide extra edging support. This combination is especially useful during ascents where the forefoot needs to switch directions while edging.
  • Built for the damp. With its Gore-Tex liner and wet-ready Pomoca outsole, your tootsies can stay dry in inclement weather, all while having the ability to negotiate muddy slopes with lower risks of slipping.

Improved traction on mud and soft terrain

Hikers say that it renders enhanced grip and friction in both dry and wet conditions. They mentioned that it has a precision climbing zone at the toe, good edging performance, and aggressive lugs for improved traction on mud and soft terrain.

Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX outsole

Flexible and renders a natural rolling motion

Hikers loved its Edging Plate right under the toes as it renders an additional, directional stiffness, while the rest of its insole remains flexible to ensure good comfort and promotes a natural rolling motion. 

Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX midsole

Incredible adaptability and blister-free

Hikers who used this shoe stated that it uses interchangeable layers so you can adapt it to the unique shape of your foot and it renders a 100% blister-free guarantee.

Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX insole

Simple and smart closure system

Hikers stated that its laces extend right to the toe for a more precise fit and greater adjustment.

Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX laces

Additional info

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 437g / Women 369g
Base model: Salewa Wildfire Edge
Features: Heel brake
Technology: Gore-Tex
Material: Leather
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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Author
Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.