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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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4 5

Boots are great with packs under 45lbs

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

I've now put on about 80-90 Miles on these boots, one of which was 24 miles in Big Sur to the sykes hike. They took about 10 miles to break them in enough for that hike. I had probably about 55 lbs of weight and I definitely can see how these boots can cause heel issues. With the constant elevation changes, my heels did end up with some light blisters. The hike back I didn't feel it as much. I then went on another hike in Mammoth to Crystal Crag and these boots were amazing for that. Rock scrambling up was a lot easier than I thought with these boots - the design on the grip under the toes really helped for catching my footing. My assesstment is that these boots work like a charm for the hybrid hikes with rock scrambling/climbing or 2-3 day hikes with less than 45 lbs, this is a great pair of boots for that. If I were to take more than 50 lbs and more than 3 days, I'll probably stick with sturdy boots like the Asolo. I'm going to hike the Lost Coast next year over the course of 5 days and will pack with less than 45 lbs this time - will update then.

Really appreciate Bill Porreca's advise and other gear heads that helped me through my recent purchases.

Great boot, semi-questionable durability

Great boot, semi-questionable durability

First and foremost: My feet are not your feet, so you can take my sizing and how long it took me to break these in with a grain of salt.

These are stiff. For the first 75-or-so miles I broke these in (walking the dogs, cutting wood, mowing the lawn, etc.) there were hot spots and blisters. So, for me, these took a fair amount of patience to break-in and feel great. Now that they're broken in, for all the non-technical climbing I do, I don't want any other boot.

The durability? After 50 miles one of the rivets ripped out of the boot. The cloth-like material on the sides of the boot near the sole are ripped to shreds after 300 miles (but I do most all of my climbing in Glacier in rotten scree and sharp rock, so that may be any boot).

It feels weird to love a boot that is already kind of coming apart, but, damn, I really, really like these boots for Class 2-5 climbing.

So I just got these in the mail. They fit...

So I just got these in the mail. They fit super snug (is this normal for these), so I'm curious to see how these broke in for people. The other boots I got were the Asolo Fugitive GTX which are nice, but aren't a hybrid like the Salewas.

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I've not used the Asolos, The Salewas did fit nice out of the box. I have found myself tightening them up more but they're super comfortable!! They run nice and climb great.

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How long did the Salewas take to break in? Seems they loosened up a bit after some wear as they seem a little too tight out of the box.

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Not long at all. I went on a 10 mile hike out of the box and I re adjusted the laces a few times that hike. Feel great. Are they tight across the toebox (last) or heel to toe? I like the supportive heel and ankle but I've read that doesn't work for some people's feet. If thats not the case a half size up might work out better for you. All in all its my favorite hiking boot I've used yet, softer and lighter than most.

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oh great. Toebox seems fine, snug, but I'm sure it'll open up a little bit once i start breaking them in. The length is good. I'm usually a 10.5 / 10.75 really. So 11 works perfect with the darntough socks I got. I do like the supportive heel/ankle as mine aren't the best. Thanks for your input - I'm going to stick with the Salewas and see how they perform.

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Right on Richard! I hope they work out for ya!
I found that certain manufacturers footwear fits me better than others I tend to stick to them. These are my first pair of Salewas, and I'm sold. Still like my Five Tens too.. Good luck and happy trails.

Can these boots handle a 50 lb pack?

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...

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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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...

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...

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

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.

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...

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.