German footwear, apparel and outdoor equipment manufacturer Salewa has announced a new pair of high-top sneakers that will suit both trail running and hiking. Called the Ultra Flex Mid GTX, the new shoe combines the support and protection of a hiking boot with the lightness and permeability of a training shoe. Developed with Michelin and built on the platform of last year’s Ultra Train GTX..
The upper of the high-top sneaker is made using a stretchy nylon material with a water-repellent treatment, a denser nylon material for the tongue flap, and multiple TPU overlays of varying density, flexibility and structure. The neck of the sneaker is built using Salewa’s new patented Flex Collar technology. Inside the sneakers, a voluminous mesh is used, a «breathable» membrane Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lining, as well as an anatomical insole with arch support and antibacterial treatment.
The outsole of the Ultra Flex Mid GTX is indistinguishable from the familiar Ultra Train GTX, based on the «aggressive» outsole of the Michelin Ultra Train, developed from mountain bike tires. The shoe’s outsole is made from wear-resistant Michelin Outdoor Compound TPU material, complemented by a flexible arch support and a cushioning layer of dual-density EVA foam. The difference in height between the heel and toe is not more than 8 mm.
The Salewa Ultra Flex Mid GTX is set to open in retail sales as early as July 2017. The sneakers will be available in at least six colorways and will cost $190 per pair.