THE APPEAL OF SPEED HIKING
“TRAVELING FAST MEANS COVERING GREATER DISTANCES AND SEEING MORE OF MOTHER NATURE'S BEAUTY DURING THE SAME HIKE. OUR SPEED HIKING COLLECTION HAS BEEN DESIGNED WITH LONG, FAST HIKES IN MIND.”
THE SECRET TO SPEED HIKING IS SIMPLE: YOU NEED THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT.
Speed hiking is a simple concept. A swift uphill walk to your very own destination. It can be a quick after-work training session, a day's outing completed in half the time, a week-long ridge trail squeezed into a single weekend, or an adventure that puts your physical limits to the test. The magic of speed hiking is easy to explain: choose a target and increase your pace. Then, simply fill your lungs with pure mountain air.
Even after the working day is done, there is still time for one of those intensive training sessions that gets you back in a good mood and relaxed. Enjoy the simplicity of a hike after a long work day and put your mind at ease.
“I have the privilege of being able to see the mountains all day long from my office,” explains Silvia, a trail runner and former Italian champion and present-day product manager at Salewa. “I love the landscape, but I can’t wait to get out there. It’s where I feel like I belong. My spirit thrives in the mountains, I find it to be the best place to relax my mind and reclaim my inner balance after a day at work. My body also longs for the mountains. To perspire, for the acute pleasure of aching muscles, and to feel like I am getting stronger with each uphill step that I take.
”Speed hiking is how I swap the tension of work for a full dose of endorphins,” Silvia says. “I meet my fellow adventurers at the beginning of the trail and it immediately becomes speed hiking time. Determination, spirit of friendship and enthusiasm are essential for how I do speed hiking. Yet over time, we've learned that it’s important to use the right equipment. It can be the difference between a memorable day and a horrible day. My friends trust my technical opinion. Besides, it’s both my passion and my job.
For speed hiking, you need shoes designed for moving at a fast pace, that offer you grip, stability and excellent protection on the uneven terrain of the alpine landscape. You need lightweight and breathable clothing that is fairly versatile. Your clothes need to be able to adapt to the weather and temperature changes of the mountain. Lastly, you will need a backpack with a stable, comfortable load and a snug fit on the torso.”
For the Fall 2018/19 season, Silvia and the Salewa research and development team have developed a comprehensive collection of clothing, shoes and equipment to make every speed hiking session unforgettable. All you have to do is get to the trail and go.
FOOTSHAPE ADJUSTABLE 3F FIT SYSTEM
POMOCA® S GLIDING PATH DESIGN FOR NATURAL FOOT ROLLING
GORE-TEX® TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION
“MOVING FAST, STRIPPING YOUR EQUIPMENT TO THE BARE MINIMUM, STEPPING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK, THESE ARE ALL DELIBERATE CHOICES. THE PURE REWARD IS NOT BEING FIRST. IT‘S NOT ABOUT STOPWATCHES AND RANKINGS. IT IS THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. IT‘S THAT MOMENT OF STILLNESS, PAUSING WITHIN YOUR SURROUNDINGS TO LET THE LANDSCAPE SINK IN BETWEEN MOVEMENT.”
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