j_amess2184846wrote a review of Salewa Snow Trainer Insulated GTX Boot - Men's on November 28, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I took these boots out of the box, put on a pair of darn tough cushioned socks and took em out for a hike. They were super comfortable and fit me perfectly with the narrow foot option (they have adjustable insoles). I initially thought the built in gaiter was a bit understated and couldn't see how it would do much good but they are perfect for keeping snow out of your boot tops when snow shoeing or when your relegated to plunge stepping or post holing.
My first real trip with them was up the Colchuck Lake trail in light snow, compact snow, and ice. I found they were as good or better than any boot I own with respect to traction. I then donned a pair of New-Matic Grivel Air Tech light crampons for the climb up Colchuck Glacier and Colchuck peak. Initially I had a bit of a problem getting the cam locks to adjust and hold the crampon onto the boot but finally got them dialed in. Since that time I've always used the strap on crampons when wearing this boot; I do not recommend the cam lock crampons even though there is a snow shoe holder on the heel of the boot.
I've since logged a lot of miles in all sorts of hiking conditions having climbed up Asgard pass in snow, and a host of other hikes in winter conditions. I've always found them to be warm enough for my purposes in temperatures down to about zero degrees.
I think, but I'm not certain that the extra grip for snow/ice is supposed to be a result of the twelve round circles on the soles that have some sort of furry substance in them. I wasn't sure they'd last but the soles now have significant wear and those little circles are still there and still seem to be working well. Another feature that I like is thesharp edge on the heel block that actually faces forward side at greater than 90 degrees; these really dig in for slowing down on snow, and compacted snow in the downhill portions of your hike.
One thing I do NOT like is the suede finish on the top and sides of the boots. Out of the box they are very water resistant; over time, not so much. I've used a number of different waterproofing spays for suede type leather but they still soak up water like a sponge. Once wet in the field they tend not to dry. I finally gave up and now use a wax based water proofing material (Nikwax waterproofing wax) to solve that problem.
Bottom line: I like these boots so much that I paid full retail for a second pair to keep in reserve when i thought that Salewa had discontinued them. I'm glad to see they're back.