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Salewa - Wildfire Edge Mid GTX - Approach shoes tested

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Michael's profile picture
| Halifax

37% have found the reviews
by Michael helpful

Great but getting them on is hard work.

Everything other than actually getting these onto your feet is excellent. The elephant in the room is the built in sock/gaiter. The opening is far too small, noting the material doesn't stretch enough and is very restrictive. If, like me, you've wide feet then you'll find it challenging to get them on. The strange thing here is the foot bed within the shoe accommodates wide feet. I'm having to use two shoe horns to get them onto my feet and only able wear thin liner socks. I'm still a fan of Salewa products but more R&D required on this particular shoe.

  • Advantages
    Waterproof
    Price / performance
    Good grip
    Comfortable
    Robust
    Durable
    Breathable
    Stabilizes the foot
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Marcel's profile picture
| Werdohl

76% have found the reviews
by Marcel helpful

  • Advantages
    Comfortable
    Waterproof
    Price / performance
    Durable
    Lightweight
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37% have found the reviews
by MARIOS helpful

Not Waterproof

Bought these shoes 6 months ago used like 15 times max for hikes of age 15 km each time in dry hot weather they grip well , BUT they are NOT Waterproof - even walking on wet grass makes them soaking wet sent them back to Salewa and their response was that the boots had been well used (6months old) and they have been not dryed properly and that's why the goretex failed which is nonsense the boots got wet 2 times they were used in wet grass vegetation and yes Cyprus is hot and dry

  • Advantages
    Comfortable
    Finish
    Good grip
    Lightweight
Peter's profile picture
| Bad Feilnbach

  • Advantages
    Stabilizes the foot
    Robust
    Comfortable
    Lightweight
    Good grip
Sebastian's profile picture
| Frankfurt am Main

60% have found the reviews
by Sebastian helpful

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Good grip
    Finish
    Comfortable
    Breathable
Marcus's profile picture
| Stuttgart

  • Advantages
    Waterproof
    Stabilizes the foot
    Good grip
    Price / performance
    Comfortable
jens's profile picture
| berlin

  • Advantages
    Comfortable
    Finish
    Lightweight
    Waterproof
    Price / performance
    Breathable
    Good grip
    Stabilizes the foot
Jan's profile picture
| Düsseldorf

100% have found the reviews
by Jan helpful

  • Advantages
    Waterproof
    Robust
    Lightweight
    Good grip
Vitor's profile picture
| Ladoeiro

83% have found the reviews
by Vitor helpful

Good.

Perfect size, perfectservice, love this boot's.

  • Advantages
    Breathable
    Comfortable
    Lightweight
    Good grip
    Durable
    Robust
    Finish
    Waterproof
    Price / performance
    Stabilizes the foot

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Sure footing on the rocks with sturdy approach shoes

Approach Shoes

Approach shoes are robust and sturdy half-shoes used by climbers to make their way through rough terrain towards the climbing wall. Since you usually spend more time trying to reach the wall than you do climbing it, all climbers should include comfortable and sturdy approach shoes in their gear.

Sure footing on gravel, grass and asphalt - what can be expected from good approach shoes?

The requirements for approach shoes are as varied as the terrain they have to cover on their way to the rock. So high-quality soles are crucial. The sole should be grippy and should protect the foot from hard, uneven ground. Alpine meadows, hiking trails and difficult terrain should be no problem at all for a good sole. As we said, approaching the climbing wall can be a struggle. Therefore, approach shoes must always fit perfectly and be comfortable to wear. No one wants to reach the rock with blisters on their feet.

Weatherproof approach shoes

Of course, weather protection is essential as well, which is why approach shoes should be water-repellent. This allows your feet to stay nice and dry in light rain showers and damp meadows. When things get rough and your feet start to sweat, breathable membranes allow moisture to escape from inside the shoes. Once you get to the rock the real fun can start! Since most approach shoes are relatively light, you can easily stow them away in a backpack and swap them with your climbing shoes. Shoes with tabs on their heels can easily be clipped onto a carabiner hook. This keeps them out of the way.

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