1. For mountain athletes: Multi-Track by Salewa
When you want to experience the light and nimble sure-footedness of a mountain goat on your next challenging day hike, strap on a pair of Multi-Tracks. Considered a “mountain training shoe,” these were designed as hybrids, helping you hike quickly with confidence, run technical trails without a stumble, and even work as durable mountain biking shoes for those who prefer flat pedals.
I tried them in all three aspects, and they performed great—the airy, minimal upper coupled with the wide and stable Michelin outsole made fast hiking super fun. The cushioned midsole and special 3F Total System (a Y-shaped strap from the heel into the lacing) gave me a lot of confidence when running down bumpy trails. The sole’s forefoot lugs are stacked tight and close together, so they easily locked into the pins on my MTB pedals with no slips when I went for a morning ride on some local not-too-singletrack. Other standout features: the thin and strong laces tighten quickly and have a little integrated loop so you can keep them out of your bike chain, while the antibacterial OrthoLite footbed minimizes smelly soles.
Fit: true to size
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