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Go anywhere in one pair of boots.

You don't like limits, and you don't want to sit down to change your shoes every time the terrain changes. The Salewa Men's Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots combine the lightweight comfort of hikers with the technical features of aggressive approach shoes. Burn through the miles on the flats or scramble to the base of a vertical face. Either way, your Alp Trainers are ready to move.

  • Gore-Tex membrane keeps water out and lets your feet breathe so your feet stay dry and blister-free
  • Multi-Fit Footbed technology gives you a perfect fit and accounts for the length, width, and the height of your feet
  • Salewa's 3F system works with the natural bio-mechanics of your feet to allow maximum range of movement and complete support
  • KEVLAR® rands give you durable protection from abrasive rocks and increase your grip when your hike starts to look more like a climb
  • Extended lacing runs through the toe boxes to give you a customized fit
  • Anatomically positioned steel wire transfers the laces' support around your entire feet and keeps your heels from slipping
  • Vibram Hike Approach soles gives your feet great traction even on slippery surfaces

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Can these boots handle a 50 lb pack?

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Can these boots handle a 50 lb pack?

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Depends on how much you weigh. I am 200 lbs and I would probably get a beefier boot for a long back packing trip that I would have a 50 lb pack on. Weekend use with a 50 lb pack on I would be fine but, with longer, consecutive walking days I would want something more comfortable.

How does the weight of this shoe compare...

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How does the weight of this shoe compare to the Mountain Trainer GTX Mid?

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Hey JesseofOB,

The Mountain Trainer GTX Mid weigh in at 640 grams per boot. These Alp Trainer Mid GTX however weigh in at 590 grams per poot. So with this pair you would save yourself 50 grams of weight off each foot.

I hope this helps.

3 5

So far, so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these about a month ago. I have about 50 miles of break-in in them so far, but nothing big (still too much snow to stop skiing). The heel problems that everyone speaks of are there, though, I can still feel it a tiny bit. I'm curious what will happen when I'm finally able to get into the high country in a month or so. These boots are really awesome, though, and I really hope the heel issues aren't for my feet.

I mostly wanted to comment about the sizing. Everyone's foot is different; whether these are too big, too small, too wide, etc., is a personal thing, not a general "one-size-fits-all" thing. With that being said, while everyone here says these run small, I actually think these run a little big (at least compared to my Scarpas). Basically, try these on (or any footwear) and see if they fit your feet instead of going by how they fit someone else's.

5 5

These Rock!!!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I read some reviews about these running small after I bought them. I normally wear an 11 in all shoes and purchased an 11 in these. When I first put them on they felt like a perfect fit until I walked around the neighborhood. They felt a little snug after wearing/walking in them for awhile. I took the yellow insole out and now they are the most comfortable hiking boot I have ever worn. Have about 30+ miles of strenuous hiking on them so far and seem to get better and better as I go along.... Feet stayed completely dry through many mud holes and small stream crossings.

2 5

Seem very sturdy

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Love how well they stand up to rugged terrain. However, the dug into my heels so bad, I was out of comission for almost two weeks and they were properly fitted. I can't afford to wait and break these in if they're gonna tear my heels up.

2 5

loved them....until

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I was very excited to get these boots until I actually used them on a short over night. the heel rubs when going up hill. so much so that even mole skin didn't help me out. Tried to tie them differently and contacted salewa to get their feedback. I used the insole how it came, with just one layer, with an aftermarket insole, with sock liners, with thick socks, with thin. When moving down hill, i feel like I am punishing the ground beneath me but any incline and the cable digs in the heel. I haven't given up, still trying to break my foot in, I may just cut the upper cable or just keep them for car camping.

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Did you ever cut the cable? Did this make a difference?

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Hi, i have the same problem with my right heel. Also taught that cable was the problem so I put two tooth picks between the cable and the boot and went steep uphill. The cable should have cut the tooth picks if it tightens uphill but it didn't! I took the boots to local boot manufacturer just to get second opinion. I talked to their boot designer and he said: the cushioning is not long enough, so It doesn't protect the heel. Cushioning ends above the plastic guide for the cable so this digs into the heel. I tried a fix by gluing some soft skin cushioning to inside of the boot where i found it was pressing the heel(I can send a photo if you like), better but still isn't perfect. Had I bought bigger size this probably wouldn't happen, because the plastic reinforcement would be above my heel, but the bigger size just felt to loose. So this the perfect size but it hurts my heel. So try standing on something quite steep before buying them, if you're heel heel is pressured don't buy them. To bad for this, otherwise the perfect boot, tight, very breathable and light all i wanted from a boot.

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Another thing, don't let dealer tell you that you should wear thicker socks to prevent the heel proble. These boots are made with Extended comfort goretex to be worn in warmer weather so thicker socks is nonsense.

Anyone know how these fit compared to the...

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Anyone know how these fit compared to the wildfire gtx?

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The Alp Trainer Mid is going to have a slightly more rigid feel than the Wildfire and is obviously a mid rather than a low hiker. Outside of those considerations, these two shoes will fit about as close as a low and mid hiker can. If you know your size in the Wildfire, I would carry that over to the Salewa AlpTrainer.

5 5

Best shoes ever!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

These truly are a go anywhere shoe. Comfortable straight out of the box. Use my shoes for mid to heavy hiking.

HEY GEAR HEADS, What's the weight on these...

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HEY GEAR HEADS, What's the weight on these bad boys?

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Hey Carson,

These should weigh about 1180 grams a pair.

4 5

Buy them 1/2 size large

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I bought a pair of 11.5's, which is what I generally wear in most every shoe. They were too short and exhibited all of the negative traits you will find in the reviews below: digging into the ankles, heel cup issues, etc. There were enough positive reviews out there to warrant an exchange for a 12, so that it what I did. I am here to say that I am glad I did. The 12 is just a *touch* long, but the lacing system with the webbing halfway up the tongue allows you to tighten the lower lacing while keeping the upper lacing loose(r), and vice-versa. So with a slightly tighter lower lacing technique, I set to "breaking them in"...which is really not necessary as they are just suede over Goretex. I wore them around for a couple days and walked around the neighborhood in the evenings. I was confident enough after three days of wearing them around the neighborhood to go ahead an use them for my hike on Sunday.

My friends were skeptical, but I felt good about it. And here's the deal - they are *extremely* comfortable on flat trail and descents, but I do have to say that the heel cup did tend to create some hotspots on my lower heel. With that said, I did 13.5 miles with them, and the hotspots did not turn into blisters. So I imagine that I wil develop some callouses and it won't e an issue much longer.

To sum up, buy a 1/2 size large, as they run small and are the Alpine fit. They don't really need much of a breaking in period, but be wary that you will feel the heel cup. Four stars.

solid traction

solid traction

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super light and technical

5 5

My "go to" fast, technical terrain boot!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

No boot has fit my feet better than this boot. It's amazing..I've trekked and backpacked using these boots in the Olympic and the Cascade Mountain ranges putting 8 - 10 miles daily carrying a 45lb backpack in relatively technical terrain with out any issues and hot spots. These boots are great in any terrain from woodland all the way up to much more technical scree filled terrain encountered at higher elevation. I've worn these boots all the way up to 7,000 feet in elevation in the summer and must say the they're winners. At higher altitudes one would need to switch to more of a mountaineering boot that can handle snow, ice and wetness for longer periods of item. LOVE the boots!!!

Would the Salewa be a good boot for...

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Would the Salewa be a good boot for Snowshoeing?

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That depends a little on what you like your snowshoes boots to do for you. The Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boot is a Gore-Tex boot and it is relatively lightweight so you will be protected from moisture and they will give you great mobility. However, these boots have very little insulation as they were designed as an all around hiker. If you are like me and enjoy moving very quickly when you snowshoe then these would be great; very breathable and not overly insulated. But if you plan on snowshoeing in some very rough terrain, in very cold conditions, or at a more methodical pace, I would suggest something with some more built in warmth. A warmer alternative would be the Mammut Appalachian GTX or Mammut Pacific Crest GTX.

3 5

the good the bad and the worse

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

good:
very comfortable fit for me, nice looking shoes, cool features
bad:
gore-tex far from perfect
worse:
shoe started to tear after less than 6 months of use, and not much sole left either

5 5

Outstanding Boots

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Purchased these 2 months ago, worn daily through cross country hiking, rolling hills with a day pack, or urban setting and some urban climbing. Temps ranging from high of 50F to low of 20F. At least 50 miles so far. Initial impressions were extremely light and comfortable straight out of the box, felt fully broken in after 1 week. No blisters no hot spots no problems whatsoever with comfort. Very supportive for such a light boot. No problems with getting wet or cold, despite being in freezing rain several times, no real snow yet. Very durable especially climbing around in an urban setting. My first time using Salewa's, I have previously used Asolos, Raichles as well as dozens of military boots. These boots are much better than any previously used in my opinion. I was hesitant to buy these boots because I read several complaints about the fit of the heel. I have had no issues whatsoever. I have 15 years in the military and put many many miles on my feet. I have wide feet with high arches and tend to under pronate and still no issues with these boots. Only issue I am watching closely is that the laces seem a little thin and I have noticed where one of the cleats seems to be causing some excess friction. But laces are easy and cheap to replace.

5 5

From Like to Love

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is my second pair of Alp Trainers. My opinion went from "like" to "love" after a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike two months ago. This was a one day hike of 25+ miles in temps from 48 deg. to 94 deg., uphill and downhill, and a rainstorm thrown in for added measure. My feet were comfortable for the entire trip and actually felt good enough to turn around and do it again! As for the particulars: Fit: True to size for me in a size 11. Other reviewers commented about a narrow toe box, but I have never had a problem with my slightly wide feet. The climbing lacing allows for plenty of adjustment. They also get slightly wider in the forefoot after break-in. Comfort: Never a problem. But be aware it does take about 20 to 30 miles to get them "broke in." I was a little aggressive with my new pair and did a 6+ mile uphill/downhill hike on day one, and had some hot spots on my heels. My bad. If you chunk the break-in period to 4-5 mile hikes at a time there shouldn't be any issues. Wear: My old pair has 800+ hiking miles. The uppers are in great shape without any tears or seam issues. The soles are pretty worn, and in my opinion are beyond their serviceable life for ascending and descending loose rock, gravel, and dirt. They do however still stick to granite like glue. I attribute this to the "sticky sole/wears fast trade off." I have attached a pic showing the wear new vs. old boot. Overall I'm very happy with this boot. I even had the opportunity to get it in the snow and it did great- excellent traction and feet still dry.

From Like to Love
2 5

Ankle break - Rompe Tobillo

I have spent many years hiking, buy these boots for good reviews but after using them several kilometers one of my ankle started to have problems, finally had to protect to prevent skin scraping me.

Llevo muchos años haciendo senderismo, compre estas botas por los buenos comentarios pero al usarlos despues de varios kilometros uno de mis tobillo empezo a tener problemas, finalmente tuve que proteger para impedir que me raspara la piel.

Ankle break  -  Rompe Tobillo
2 5

2 years in...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Overall, I liked these boots a lot. I have had them 23 months.
Best (1) traction NEVER let me down. (2) protection from elements - dry and warm (until they weren't -- see worst #1)
Worst (1) on the outer blade of the foot, just behind the rubber protective toe box is some flimsy fabric coating that wore through within a year, causing serious problems with cold wet feet. This happened first on right, then on left boot. Totally unsat. (2) The already "difficult" yellow becomes an intolerable baby-shit tan pretty quick. Zero style points for baby-shit brown.

If it weren't for the wear-thru issue, I'd buy another pair of these. With this wear problem, not recommended for serious backcountry use (these were mostly ADK 46 er hikes, day rucks only).

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I got these as a replacement but after two days, my left foot big toe was really sore at the joint. I have narrow feet and I deliver newspapers every morning, so rain, puddles, snow, I am gonna send them back to Gore Tex...even released the tension in that area but the way it is stitched just hits the joint bone of my big toe and just makes me bite my lip enough to bleed -- great boots other than that design flaw...

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this is not a design flaw, some boots don't fit some peoples feet, plain and simple.

4 5

Great boots but,,,,,

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I have narrow feet and by reading other reviewers comments regarding sizing and comfort I purchased these boots in my normal size 9.5. My initial impression of these boots on receipt was that they appeared to be well constructed and pleasing to the eye. I tried them on with a lightweight wool sock and noticed the left boot felt a little too snug. I removed one liner from the left boot and then took a walk around the block. The boots felt good but just a little tight in the toe box. I had them for about a month before I took them out on camping trip with my boys. I wore them for 3 days and the toe box still felt too snug after three full days of wear. I put 12 miles on them via treadmill before taking them with me to South Africa on a plains game hunt. I wore them every day for 7 days on terrain that varied from flat open ground to rocky and steep mountain slopes. They soles gripped the rocky terrain very well, on sheer rock faces they stuck like glue. In thorn brush and cactus I received no punctures. I noticed others in my group taking off their boots and taking knife points to there boot soles to dig out broken thorns that penetrated completely through the insoles. In closing if I were to purchase these boots again I would purchase them in 1/2 size larger so I could leave the insole in place and have the option of wearing a medium weight sock.

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