2017 Approach Shoe Review: Salewa Firetail 3 GTX

Wide Comfort
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The Salewa Firetail 3 GTX approach shoe.

The Salewa Firetail 3 GTX approach shoe.

Weight

28 oz per pair; men’s and women’s versions.

Comfort

After putting the Firetail through its paces approaching and descending off routes in Eldorado Canyon, our tester lauded the shoe’s wider fit, which was great on toenail-pounding gullies and long days when his feet swelled. He also praised the foot-friendly Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lining and breathable mesh uppers, which kept his sweaty feet cool.

Approach 

“These shoes have plenty of support for long approaches and heavy loads,” our tester said, especially given the shoe’s low cut. He also praised its bomber construction, and noted minimal scuffing and wear even after 10 days of use. The Firetails also scored high marks for their bright, inviting Euro style. They looked good and moved well.

Scrambling/Climbing 

The shoe performed handily on wide cracks and smears (despite not being the most flexible), while the Vibram Reptail sole with Megagrip rubber was remarkably sticky. While the wide footbed was an asset comfort-wise, it did translate into some foot slidage within the shoe while edging. “When it became technical, it did become a thought," our tester commented.

$159, salewa.com 

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