8 new light hikers
Our picks for 2012's best pairs
Photo by Gary Davidson
$150; 1.5 lbs, 679 g; salewa.com
Salewa says it likes to focus on fit, and this shoe would suggest that’s true. The Firetail comes with multiple footbed widths, to-the-toe lacing and a cinching system that pulls from all sides so that just about anyone can make this shoe fit perfectly. The approach-style soles are soft, and a breezy mesh upper and multiple densities of support and cushioning add to the off-road performance.
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