Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Salomon XA Elevate Hiking Shoe

Gear Review: Salomon XA Elevate Trail Shoe

The XA Elevate is Salomon’s newest entry into their “On & Off Trail” shoe line-up. These shoes are designed for high alpine pursuits and are perfectly suited for steep terrain and challenging underfoot conditions. The XA Elevate is built on a highly stable 8mm-drop midsole, and has a Premium Wet-Traction Contragrip outsole that clings on to anything and everything. 

Gear Review: Five Ten Access Knit Approach Shoes

Gear Review: Five Ten Access Knit Hiking Shoes

The Access Knit is an approach shoe from Five Ten that looks, feels, and rides like a running shoe, yet provides the ultimate in underfoot security with a sticky dot rubber outsole. The one-piece knit upper on the Access Knit makes this shoe amazingly comfortable on long trail days and in hot weather.

Gear Review: Salming Trail 5

Gear Review: Salming Trail 5

The Salming Trail 5 is a lightweight trail shoe with a 5mm drop, a breathable 3-layer upper, and an amazing Vibram Mega-Grip outsole. The Trail 5 is built on an anatomical last that provides a very comfortable fit for long days on the trail.

Review Preview Salomon X Ultra 3 Hiking Shoe

Gear Preview: Salomon X Ultra 3 Hiking Shoe

The Salomon X Ultra has been updated to version 3 for 2017. Building on the success of the X Ultra 2, Salomon has made a few minor improvements to the upper that make for a much better fitting hiking shoe. The midsole and outsole go largely unchanged, which will come as good news to most of us that wore the X Ultra 2.

Gear Review: La Sportiva Wildcat Hiking Backpacking Trail Running

Gear Review: La Sportiva Wildcat

The La Sportiva Wildcat is a trail shoe that’s well tuned for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. The Wildcat combines a sticky and versatile outsole with a well cushioned midsole for a solid base that will handle a wide variety of trail conditions. The breathable nylon mesh upper offers good protection without inhibiting breathability too much.