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With valley hikes ranging from pleasant meanders like the Tom Blake Trail in Snowmass to the epic Four Pass Loop, could one hiking shoe possibly rule them all? The Salewa Alp Trainer GTX comes close. It’s versatile, combining a hiking shoe’s light weight with an approach shoe’s rock-scrambling grip. It’s also burly, with a skirt of Kevlar rands that repel trail debris better than plate mail. Lastly, climbing-shoe-style lacing and a super-snug heel pocket give the Alp Trainers the feel of being locked onto your feet—a comforting sensation in the scree field leading to Crater Lake.

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