Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX (2013)

The Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX is a unique shoe due to its sole, which is specifically designed for climbing via ferrata ladders; but also because it combines the need for a shoe that is ideal for the more technical aspects of climbing with a great performance when approaching the rock over scree or mud. The Vibram sole unit has very deep lugs for an approach shoe, so it can really bite into loose scree, earth and mud; you also get a smooth climbing zone under the toe, and the lug layout is ideal on those via ferrata ladders. There is also a heel breast for descent on soft ground and good cushioning for a firmer descent on paths. The upper is more conventional with suede and fabric, but you also get a full rubber rand for long-term abrasion resistance, and a rather neat and precise feel at the toe for climbing. For my money it looks pretty cool as well. To make the Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX even better there is a removable volume adjuster under the footbed to improve the fit, and on my narrow feet this shoe felt very good. It was certainly comfy enough to wear on any ground, but particularly great on scrambles – and on via ferrata ladders it should be ideal!

Upper material 1.6-1.8mm suede leather, synthetic tongue
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Alpine Approach
Men’s sizes 6-13
Women’s sizes 3-9
Weight 1140g (pair, size 11)



The Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX is a dedicated scrambling and via ferrata shoe that would also be good for anyone heading for rockier ground on a regular basis.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013