A different beast altogether, the Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX is the only waterproof approach shoe we tested. The sole is designed for traction in loose scree and dirt, as well as for kicking steps in snow, making it a unique addition to our selection. We wore this shoe multiple times into California's High Sierra in winter and loved the foot support and great traction on loose and frozen stuff.
For most climbers, a lighter approach shoe that focuses more on climbing ability is a better choice. Our Editors' Choice winner, the Five Ten Guide Tennie, for example, is a do-everything shoe that climbs technical rock well.