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Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Any experience with salewa fire vent shoes? on 04/21/2012 23:17:42 MDT Print View

Hi,

I found these shoes today in a shop near me. I have extremely narrow feet and was surprised to find that they fit me. The salesperson tried to discourage me from using them for backpacking--claiming that they are not substantial enough. They seemed at least as substantial as many of the trail runners touted on this forum. I'd be very curious to hear whether anyone out there has had any experience with this shoe.

http://www.salewa.us/product/tech-approach/ms-fire-vent/color/7500

http://www.backcountry.com/salewa-fire-vent-shoe-mens


Thanks,

rhz

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
???? on 04/22/2012 19:43:24 MDT Print View

I'm not familiar with approach shoes but the soles don't appear to have very good traction as they appear fairly smooth. Again, I'm not familiar with this type of shoe but maybe some of the climbers in here could give you some direction. Eric Chan may know. Good luck.

Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Approach shoes vs Trail Runners vs Light Hikers. on 04/23/2012 12:52:05 MDT Print View

Thanks Warren.

Perhaps someone could comment on the relative merits of approach shoes vs trail runners and light hikers. I'd be transitioning from a traditional clunky pair of boots and typically carry no more than 25lbs for a few days of backpacking at a time.

Any comments welcome!

thanks again

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
tread on 04/23/2012 20:19:25 MDT Print View

approach shoes work fine providing they fit yr feet and yr happy with the tread ... some approach shoes have little to no tread ... also watch out for the leather ones, while durable they take forever to dry ...

remember that climbers use approach shoes on nasty talus and scrambling approaches with 30+ lb packs ...

Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
circle-tread on 04/24/2012 00:33:49 MDT Print View

Hi.

Thanks for your response. The pattern on the sole of this shoe consists in part of circles:tread

BTW: Are approach shoes generally designed to give a snugger fit than hikers?

Thanks again.

rhz

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
tread part deux on 04/24/2012 09:12:57 MDT Print View

the tread is not that aggressive, you may have issues on wet logs, mud or loose dirt ...

however youll be like spiderman boulder hopping or on rocks .... the flatter the tread, the better the surface contact and thus friction

some approach shoes may be a tighter fit than normal, as a tighter fit generally is better for rock climbing ... but at the end of the day it still needs to fit yr feet comfortably

Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
thanks eric. on 04/24/2012 19:10:08 MDT Print View

I'm concerned about the tread. These will probably be returned. I appreciate your input.

Wild Exped
(bankse) - MLife

Locale: Tasmania (down under downunder)
Lug Sole on 04/24/2012 21:30:38 MDT Print View

Ive got a few pairs including these. I love the lacing on approach shoes and how well these can be made to fit (and i dont have narrow feet). The model with the lug sole definitely works much better for general walking especially in mud, slippery conditions etc. I'm not sure if they make the lug sole model in a vent style though. These you have do work extremely well for rock hopping but ive had a few slips on tracks.