butters wrote an answer about Salewa Pro Guide Performance Fit Mountaineering Boot - Men's on June 19, 2014
RE Top lace hook - Mine were the same way when I got them. I took a pair of pliers and bent it down a bit to get the desired locking effect.
RE mode switch looseness - I haven't experienced this problem. I have the opposite actually. It takes an act of herculean might to switch from walk to climb mode. I'm not sure who over at Salewa is putting these soles together, but they really need to get a lesson in consistency and manufacturing.