Salewa’s Wildfire GTX approach shoe is ideal for technical climbs. With its lightweight EVA midsole and versatile POMOCA Speed Mtn sole, this women’s mountaineering shoe is designed for maximum comfort. In addition, the Switchfit system makes the Wildfire womans shoes a perfect fit for your foot size. First, we’ll take a look at its main features. Then, here are some tips for choosing your next mountaineering shoe.
Salewa’s Wildfire GTX approach shoe
The switchfit system on Wildfire womans shoes is a breakthrough in the climbing shoe market. Designed by professional climbers in the Dolomites, the system allows the wearer to change fit quickly. The Wildfire Edge, for example, can be tightened at the toes for edging or open up the toebox for more comfortable walking. In addition, the Edging Plate adds support to the toes without stiffening the rest of the shoe.
The Wildfire Edge is stiffer than other approach Wildfire womans shoes. It is good if you’re carrying a heavier load or walking on rocky terrain but can also be a disadvantage for those with sensitive feet. Thankfully, the Wildfire Edge weighs just one pound, 15.5 ounces, and has the Switchfit system and an edging plate. The edging plate is removable, which preserves hiking comfort.
While not a traditional approach shoe, the Wildfire GTX is an excellent choice for scrambling and long approaches on technical rock. Its special climbing-specific outsole is a sticky, durable rubber compound that provides excellent traction on wet and dry rock surfaces. The shoe also features an aggressive diamond-shaped lug pattern, making it ideal for climbing around a rock and other loose terrains.
A predominantly mesh upper provides comfort and support. The shoe’s EXA Shell technology-injected cage wraps the foot and maintains flexibility while providing enhanced protection. It has rubber in the toe area, and Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate ensures full water protection and breathability. Despite the waterproofing, this shoe is still comfortable and lightweight enough to perform well in various outdoor and indoor conditions.
Its lightweight EVA midsole
One of the best things about the New Balance Henry is its lightweight EVA midsole. Its midsole is made from a common material used in athletic footwear and provides a comfortable ride with excellent energy return and shock absorption. As a result, the Henry feels as if it is wearing slippers, yet it can still deliver a springy stride. As a result, it makes it a great choice for daily wear and working out.
Another feature of the Yung-96 is its chunky design. In general, chunky midsoles aren’t light, but this model’s midsole is lightweight EVA foam for excellent shock absorption and energy transfer. However, the chunky design is not for everyone, as it might look awkward on smaller feet. In that case, consider a size smaller. It is also important to keep in mind that casual Wildfire womans shoes generally don’t have protective features.
Its versatile POMOCA Speed Mtn sole
The Wildfire GTX is a comfortable approach shoe with a versatile POMOCA Speed Mtn sole. The sole provides traction and grip on wet and dry rock conditions, allowing you to climb with a sure-footed precision. The upper is robust mesh, while its 3F system wraps your foot for a secure fit and firm ankle support. With a high-grip rubber sole and a durable mesh upper, you’ll be confident in your mountain approach.
The EXA Shell wraps around your upper foot to offer a secure fit and minimize abrasion to the upper material. You’ll also find an Ortholite footbed and a Pomoca Speed Mtn outsole. The POMOCA Speed Mtn outsole has a unique lug profile and balanced grip for traction and is especially suitable for fast approaches to mountains.
Its Switchfit system
The switchfit system on Salewa Wildfire womans shoes is a breakthrough in the climbing shoe market. Designed by professional climbers in the Dolomites, the system allows the wearer to change fit quickly. The Wildfire Edge, for example, can be tightened at the toes for edging or open up the toebox for more comfortable walking. In addition, the Edging Plate adds support to the toes without stiffening the rest of the shoe.