Salewa Firetail GTX Trail Shoe

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Salewa Firetail GTX Merrell Proterra Sport Columbia Conspiracy OutDry best trail shoes of 2013

Salewa Firetail GTX, Merrell Proterra Sport, and Columbia Conspiracy OutDry    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Alpine climbing.

THE TEST: Vibram outsole with a dedicated climbing zone? Check. Rough-and-tumble nylon-mesh upper? You bet. Climbing-shoe lacing and narrow toe box? Done and done. Our tester took the waterproof-breathable Firetail GTX up to the Grand Teton’s high camp in Wyoming without feeling so much as a hot spot on the way. He expected a comfortable hike, but what he didn’t expect was to leave his climbing shoes behind for a summit push that involved 5.8-rated pitches.

THE VERDICT: It’s probably too overbuilt—and too stiff—to serve as most people’s everyday hiking shoe, but it blows away the competition on technical terrain. 14.4 oz.