2019 Shoe Previews Salomon X Alpine Pro
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2019 Shoe Previews: Salomon, La Sportiva, Altra, and Mammut

Salomon, La Sportiva, Altra, and Mammut are all releasing exciting new trail shoes for 2019. The well known and loved Speedcross, Bushido, and Superior are getting updates, and a few brand new models will be making their debut.

My favorite part of attending the Outdoor Retailer conference is getting a chance to see all of the new trail shoes coming to market before the general public can purchase them. The offerings for trail running and hiking just seem to get better and better with each year. I covered the new offerings from Hoka One One in a previous post, and will highlight the new shoes from Salomon, La Sportiva, Altra, and Mammut today.

2019 Shoe Previews: Salomon, La Sportiva, Altra, and Mammut


Salomon

Salomon X Alpine Pro (Spring 2019)

One of the most exciting new shoes that I saw at Outdoor Retailer was the Salomon X Alpine Pro. This shoe is built on a 6mm drop platform with 24mm in the heel and 18mm in the forefoot. A size 9M will come in at a superlight 10.6oz and sell for $160.

As the name implies, the Alpine Pro is going to be great for mountain running and peak bagging. The midsole has a Carbon Edging Chassis, and the outsole has a flat toe climbing zone for scrambling and edging.

2019 Shoe Previews Salomon X Alpine Pro

2019 Shoe Previews Salomon X Alpine Pro

2019 Shoe Previews Salomon X Alpine Pro

Salomon Speedcross 5 (Spring 2019)

The very popular Salomon Speedcross gets an update for 2019 as well. The changes for the Speedcross are mostly minor, but are welcome refinements nonetheless. Most notable are a new upper mesh and larger lugs on the outsole for more surface area contact. The Speedcross 5 has a 10mm drop with 29mm in the heel and 19mm in the forefoot.

2019 Shoe Previews Salomon Speedcross 5

Salomon Supercross 

Salomon is also releasing a budget version of the Speedcross 5 called the Supercross. This shoe is geared towards the masses with a price of $110 and a more relaxed fit throughout the shoe. Like the Speedcross 5, the Supercross has an aggressive outsole and a protective upper. The Supercross has a 10mm drop with 29mm in the heel and 19mm in the forefoot.

2019 Shoe Previews Salomon Supercross

2019 Shoe Previews Salomon Supercross

Salomon SLAB Ultra 2

Salomon did not have the SLAB Ultra 2 on display, but they did feature the shoe in a booth banner. The SLAB Ultra was one of my favorite shoes in 2018, and the shoe I wore on the Camino Portuguese.  It looks like Salomon is keeping the midsole and outsole unchanged, and will make minor changes to the upper.

2019 Shoe Previews Salomon SLAB Ultra 2

La Sportiva

La Sportiva Bushido II  (Winter 2018)

The La Sportiva Bushido has been one of my favorite trail shoes for backpacking, hiking, and running on technical terrain. The Bushido is getting an update for 2019, and from what I’m seeing, the refinements look modest. The Bushido will add an additional 3mm of midsole for a more forgiving ride, and has an refined upper for better all-day comfort. The outsole looks unchanged, and the midsole still has a 6mm drop. Best of all, the Bushido maintains its $130 price point.

2019 Shoe Previews La Sportiva Bushido II

2019 Shoe Previews La Sportiva Bushido II

La Sportiva Kaptiva (Winter 2018)

La Sportiva is also releasing a brand new model called the Kaptiva. This is a snug fitting and lightweight trail shoe. The Kaptiva rides on a 6mm drop platform with an aggressive outsole. In hand, the Kaptiva felt liked a stripped down racing flat version of the Akasha. The Kaptiva will retail for $140.

2019 Shoe Previews La Sportiva Kaptiva

2019 Shoe Previews La Sportiva Kaptiva

Altra (Winter 2018)

Altra Superior 4

Altra is releasing version 4 of their popular Superior. The Superior v4 gains a MaxTrac sticky rubber outsole, and a brand new upper. From my initial impressions at Outdoor Retailer, this might be the most comfortable feeling upper Altra has released on a trail shoe. The new Superior will retail for $110.

2019 Shoe Previews Altra Superior 4

2019 Shoe Previews Altra Superior 4

Altra King MT 2

Altra is also releasing a new version of their King MT. The King MT v2 has a newly designed Vibram Megagrip outsole and a newly designed upper. The upper still uses a Velcro strap and laminate overlays for lateral stability. The King MT will retail for $140.

2019 Shoe Previews Altra King MT 2

2019 Shoe Previews Altra King MT 2

Mammut (Spring 2019)

I had a very exciting meeting with Mammut at Outdoor Retailer and got caught up on all of their footwear. Mammut is a well known Swiss brand for those that ski and snowboard. Mammut is now starting to grow their footwear offerings. The Saentis was the Mammut shoe that caught my eye most, as it seems perfectly suited for peak bagging, fast packing, and trail running. The Saentis has a burly upper, plush midsole, and aggressive Michelin outsole. The Saentis Low will retail for $130 and a mid top knit version will retail for $180.

2019 Shoe Previews Mammut Saentis

2019 Shoe Previews Mammut Saentis

I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

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