Light, comfortable and super sensitive, Salewa’s Lite Train gives you intimate contact with the trail, but with more cushioning than barefoot-style shoes. Good grip on firmer surfaces too. At just 540g per pair it also doubles nicely as a campsite or hut shoe without weighing you down.
There’s no semblance of a plate under the fore-foot and instep, so you can feel every little stone or undulation – in rocky areas, it’s like a gentle foot massage, but on longer runs, it can get tiring.
Outdoors Grabbit? – Mini Verdict
Lightweight construction with seamless uppers mean these give you a close, glove-like fit thats’ super comfortable for general wear. The downside is that the minimalist, flexible sole doesn’t give much protection against stone strikes, which can get tiring or even painful if you land instep first on something pointy.
To be fair, there’s more heel cushion than you might expect and grip from the Michelin sole – yes, the tyre people – is good, but it’s definitely a shoe for those who like their footwear minimalist.
Specification: £110 / 540g (pair size 43) minimalist trail and trail-running shoe / Michelin Lite Train outsole / 3F extended lacing system / heel and toe reinforcement / breathable mesh lining and upper.
Full review below.