Karen wrote a review of Salewa Rapace GTX Boot - Women's on July 30, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I spend a lot of time between June and September backpacking and mountaineering in the Oregon Cascades so I wanted a boot that was more durable and technical than a standard hiking boot but lighter than a full-blown mountaineering boot. I settled on a pair of the Rapace and they get the job done, but they're not quite as versatile as I had hoped.
They're too light to use in the mountains during winter or spring and won't keep your feet warm enough in low temperatures or while trudging through deep snow. At the same time they're a bit too stiff to be comfortable when you're backpacking on trail, particularly if you're doing big mileage for several days.
They are perfect for summer mountaineering when you have a shorter approach and are traveling up rocky summits or through smaller snow-fields. Good mixture of lightness and support.