Why We Chose the Salewa Alp Trainer 2 GTXs: robust, supportive, protective
What is it about the products that hail from the Dolomites? The uniquely spectacular Italian range has not only spawned arguably the world’s greatest living mountaineer in Reinhold Messner but also three of the most highly regarded outdoor brands: Scarpa, La Sportiva and Salewa. Salewa’s whole philosophy is deeply rooted by the limestone citadels of its home, inspiring clothing and equipment to deal with the most rugged, mountainous terrain.
Their Alp Trainer 2s certainly belong in that bracket. Protective, waterproof and hewn with the mountains in mind, this is a modern take on the classic walking shoe. It marries robust design with lightweight features to meet the needs of the hikers of today.
Who are the Salewa Alp Trainer 2s For?
As its name suggests, this is a boot designed for hiking rugged alpine terrain and it comes armed with all the features you’d expect, such as a grippy and robust Vibram outsole and waterproofing courtesy of a Gore-tex liner. At 964g per pair, they’re lighter than much of the competition, making them a solid choice for adventurous peak baggers, scramblers, hut-to-hut hikers and long-distance trekkers. They’re not crampon compatible, so are only suitable for use below the snow line.