The Speed Ascent helps you maintain a faster pace for longer on the uphill.
The Speed Ascent helps you maintain a faster pace for longer on the uphill.

Salewa Speed Ascent

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

If dashing up peaks or down trails is your thing, then this is the shoe for you. Read the full Gear of the Year review. Comfort: 4 Traction: 5
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If dashing up peaks or down trails is your thing, then this is the shoe for you ($139). The secret to its speed is a rockered Vibram sole, which forces you to climb with your calf and quad muscles instead of relying on your toes and ankles. The upshot: you’ll maintain a faster pace for longer.

On descents, the rocker engages with the ground more quickly; combined with the ultrastable lugs, it improves braking and reduces leg fatigue. “It’s like the shoes are nudging you along,” said one tester. Other standout features: a double row of lacing for extra cinch and a rubber toe rand in case your hike goes vertical.

12.7 oz; salewa.us

Comfort: 4
Traction: 5

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