Shoe Review: Salewa Men’s Ultra Train GTX


The Ultra Train GTX is specifically designed for mountain training, a new product concept introduced by SALEWA. The shoe design is focused on offering excellent traction and stability, so you can fully concentrate on your training, whether long runs on mountain trails or uphill intervals. The shoe is built around MICHELIN®’s performance outsole, exclusively developed with SALEWA. Its special compound is combined with grooves and sculptures for outstanding traction and stability over hard and uneven terrain. This works together with the midsole’s Motion Guidance technology to support the foot’s natural movement. Our 3F Total System supports the midfoot and offer a precise blister free fit, while the GORE-TEX® construction will keep your feet dry in the rain.

My Salewa Ultra Train GTX before they hit the trails.

Rear view before they hit the dirt.

Company: Salewa

Product: Men’s Ultra Train GTX

Price: $130 – $170

Impressions: My Salewa Ultra Train GTX in “Black/Swing Green” looked very stealthy at first, with only subtle traces of bright green offsetting the conservative black on black design. They seemed slightly clunky too when I put them on for the first time. But the under the radar looks won me over, and the clunkiness soon gave way to a solid, sure-footed confidence as I wore them in a couple of demanding trail races over a variety of off-road surfaces on back-to-back Saturdays (Silver Falls Trail Runs and Molalla River Trail Runs).

They look good with some honest trail dirt!

The fit was very good, and I didn’t have to take Salewa up on their 100% blister free guarantee, despite one raw hot spot on the outside of my little toe, which I put down to the steep downhills and tight switchbacks rather than any particular shoes. The expert construction and GoreTex materials kept my feet dry and warm, despite very wet running conditions, including running behind a couple waterfalls. A well-padded tongue, and ankle and heel cuff added to the secure and comfortable fit and ride.  The Michelin outsoles provided reliable traction on wet rocks, mud, and soft- and hard-packed dirt, while also protecting my feet from impact and bruising on hard and bumpy surfaces.

Nice mud splatter!

The Ultra Train GTX are easy to put on and take off, and the cinch-tight lacing system and thin cord laces are very convenient and efficient to work with. Overall, these shoes are extremely high-quality and felt very comfortable as soon as I set foot on the trail. Any initial sensations of heaviness or stiffness disappeared once I began to run and appreciate slopping through the elements with authority. The lack of flash also suits these shoes, as the no-nonsense appearance shows that they mean business!



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2 Comments on Shoe Review: Salewa Men’s Ultra Train GTX

  1. I’m very disappointed with this shoe. Used it for 104 Km and as a result I had a broken sole, more exactly, the sole detached from the heel.
    Sent the shoes to the Salewa next week in order to have them changed, still waiting for any new.

    • Joe Dudman // January 15, 2017 at 3:30 PM //

      Very sorry to hear that, Alessandro. I hope Salewa responds and corrects the problem for you!

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