Salewa Firetail EVO Multi-Sport Trail Shoe


We are taking a look at the men’s and women’s
Firetail EVO Trail shoe by Salewa. This shoe has attributes of both an approach shoe or
a climbing shoe and a trail shoe. So you have got lots of cushioning, lots of support that
you would find in a trail shoe, but you have also got attributes of a climbing shoe so
you have got the rigidity and the stability there. A signature construction of Salewa shoes and
boots is their three function system which consists of fit, flex and support. So starting
with fit you have got this Y design here on either side of the shoe and there is actually
a little cable in there that really pulls your heel into the back of the shoe where
it belongs. Going into the lacing and the eyelets you
almost have like a climbing style lacing system here when the eyelets go all the way down
to the toe. And the third part is just their removable insole here. It is a multi fit foot
bed. So you can actually take part of the foot bed out. This gives a little bit of support
and a little bit of cushioning, but if you have a higher volume foot you can leave that
behind and just use this or take them both if you have your own insole that you want
to put in a boot. The second thing to talk about is the flex.
So if you look at the heel it is built more like, you know, a traditional hiking shoe
where you have got some cushioning and you have got some flex and movement back there.
But as you go to the front of the shoe you don’t have as much cushioning and it is more
rigid and less flexible. You can really see that in the back part of the shoe here and
even in the collar where you have got that flex and you have got movement back here that
you don’t have in the front of the shoe. The next function to talk about is support
and so starting with the upper it is quite a unique construction, because you have got
a lot of different materials going on strategically placed. In the top or over your foot you do
have different types of mesh that are going to offer a lot of breathability, you know,
if you are moving fast or running and then where you do need those durable areas, you
know, throughout the toe here you have sort of that sticky rubber that is really durable
in through even connected to the midsole. You have got very, very durable materials
that are going to hold up to rocks. The outsole of the shoe is Vibram’s Tech Approach
Sticky Rubber. So, you know, as you look at the shoe you do have a lot of traction on
rocky or slippery surfaces. Again, down on the bottom you do have some lugs. So, you
know, if you are in mud or just on a regular trails you have got the support there. But
then moving up towards the top or towards the toe of the shoe you have got that extra
rigidity, that extra support. And Salewa even has climbing zone printed right here on the
toe of the shoe. So where you would need to get a little bit of edging and that sort of
thing if you are scrambling or, you know, doing an approach hike, you do have that extra
little bit of support and rigidity in the shoe. Whether you are out for a technical day hike,
scrambling on rocks or doing fast back packing this multi sport shoe is going to give you
confidence on the trail with whatever you throw at it. It is the Salewa Firetail EVO
Trail shoe.

One Comment

  • I wouldn't recommend using the insole without the medium or narrow fit attachment – it doesn't fit properly in the shoe on its own whatsoever.

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