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: 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.

La Sportiva Bushido Gear Review Shoe Trail Running Hiking Backpacking

Gear Review: La Sportiva Bushido

The La Sportiva Bushido is an aggressively built shoe that’s equipped to handle the toughest of trails. The low-volume upper allows for very precise foot placement with zero slop or movement. The 6mm drop midsole is stable and handles very well with a heavy pack. The FriXion Red outsole provides phenomenal traction on a wide variety of surfaces, and although the outsole pattern isn’t the most aggressive, it provides more than adequate grip when things get sloppy.