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Mountain Trainer Mid GTX

Summary: Salewa have made a few changes to this popular boot since last year. As well as colour changes and styling, the major change is

Review Date: 10/05/2017
Price when reviewed: £180.00
Overall Rating: Mountain Trainer Mid GTX scored 4.0 stars
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"A mid cut boot for technical hiking, via ferratas and trekking" - Salewa website

Salewa have made a few changes to their popular Mountain Trainer Mid GTX since last year. As well as colour changes and styling, the major change is new Vibram WTC sole unit. This is bit more "general mountain" orientated than the previous Vibram Alpine Approach, which means it’s a bit better in the mud and on slabby rock and a bit more durable to boot (pun intended).

Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid Fitting Guidelines

The Mountain Trainer Mid suits a foot with a higher instep and a broad toe – perfect for me. Initially it feels narrow in the midfoot - something not found in a lot of footwear, almost like an aftermarket insole in terms of arch support. For me this was comfortable, but it might not suit everybody.

Carried over from the previous model, and something that features in all Salewa footwear, are the Alpine Fit 100% blister free guarantee, a customisable footbed to remove a bit of toe volume when scrambling, climbing style lacing - right to the toe for a more precise fit and the 3F Ankle System for a super-secure heel with Adaptive Foam for padding. The cable around the heel is mainly for show, representing the inner mechanics of this System.

It all sounds a bit like marketing spiel, but for these features you get a well-fitting boot with a lot of adjustability so proven by the popularity of this model and its predecessor.

As with a lot of newer footwear styles, there is some flex front to back but the boots are quite stiff laterally, giving good support when contouring a slope or edging on rock when scrambling. The boot is well protected for this by a tough rubber rand and thick suede leather. To increase breathability and reduce weight Salewa have used a fabric tongue that will be particularly beneficial in to the summer months. Due to the different sole unit with a bit more rubber the boot weighs a little more than last year, but at 1240g for the pair it can still be called light. There is also the obligatory Gore Tex liner to keep the water at bay.

Where have I worn the Mountain Trainer Mid?

So far I have had several long days out in these boots whilst walking in the Peak District off the beaten path, a few cold days with some snow in the Cairngorms and some easy trail walking with heavy camera gear. The sole grips well in the mud and on rock and the wide rand meant I didn’t need to worry about trashing the boot while jamming it between rocks. The boot is noticeably cooler than the thick leather boot I am used to and this will be beneficial in to the summer months.

Pros

  • The new sole is as good on rock as it is in the mud
  • Snug and secure heel fit
  • Wide rand protects the boot on rock
  • Front-to-back flex but with good lateral stiffness
  • Plenty of ankle padding

Cons

  • A touch heavier than the last model
  • Minimal toe cushioning
  • Heel fit might not suit all

The Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX (men’s and women’s) is available both in store and online. As always, please come and see us in store in Hathersage for expert advice and a full and free boot fitting service.

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MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
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