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Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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    All-mountain boots.

    The Salewa Men's Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots combine the lightweight comfort of hikers with the technical features of approach shoes. Their split leather upper maintains a flexible and comfortable feel when you're putting miles of rolling trails beneath them, while their 3F support system locks your heel in place when some extra rigidity is needed in exposed terrain. Climbing-style laces allow the fit of the boot to be customized, and with a Vibram approach sole between your foot and the ground, you can step with confidence when the trail turns slick.

    • Gore-Tex membrane
    • Suede and PU coated leather upper
    • 3F support system
    • Climbing-style laces
    • Multi fit footbed
    • Vibram Hike Approach sole
    • Item #SFW002L

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    PU coated leather, suede
    Waterproofing
    Gore-Tex
    Closure
    climbing-style lace
    Footbed
    MFF+ insole (Multi Fit Footbed)
    Sole
    Vibram Hike Approach
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 3 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    A great first impression

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    I just started to use these on short to medium hikes and so far I am extremely impressed . I did a lot of research and was looking for adding a more supportive but relatively lightweight hiking boot to my gear closet . I initially looked and tried on the Salewa Evo Firetail. I liked the weight and design of that boot, unfortunately it doesn't work well with a wide foot . The Alp trainers are a little bit heavier but so glad I went with these . They are definitively wider and have great padding around the ankle area . No hotspots so far. I sized up a half size to accommodate a slightly thicker insole and wool hiking socks

    Best ever!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    These boots are without a doubt the very best boots that I have ever owned. I loved these so much that I bought a second pair. They fit perfect right out of the box. Fit was true to size. I have put these boots through the wringer for a week through some very rugged terrain and amazed at just how great they performed. I've never owned a Salewa brand prior to this pair but I plan on being a repeat customer for sure. Great boots. Highly recommend!

    Great right out of the box

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

    I have always been a fan of Salewa footwear. The Alp Trainer Mid GTX just re-enforces that opinion. Extremely comfortable straight out of the box and almost no break in time means you'll be hiking smoothly from step one. I do have fairly narrow feet and the toe box fits me perfectly.

    My Go to Mid Hikers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    Of all the brands of hiking boots I've owned, Asolo, Lowa, Merrell, Zamberlan and Adidas, among others, I can honestly say that Salewa builds the best boot for my money, comfort and utility. I have 5 pairs of hiking boots and shoes that I will wear ahead of most of the othes in my collection. Perfectly sized, quality materials and construction, rugged and good looking - everything I need in a mid-weight hiker. Get some!

    Great fit and ankle support!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8.5 US men's

    The toe box felt narrow at first, but hasn't been a problem. I've still got wiggle-room, and didn't have to upsize from my usual 8.5 US men's. It might just be a visual thing, because at first glance, they look narrow, but at 4 months into ownership, I'm happy to report no blisters, and all toe nails still in-tact.

    3 sets of eyelets from the ankle up seemed a little bit like overkill at first, but the added support is a noticeable improvement over the many pair of Vasque boots I've owned over the years. The bottom yellow eyelet has a little built in cord-lock, which allows for different lace tension between feet and ankle which is a real plus!

    Warmth is very good for an non-insulated boot, and breathability is the best of any Gore-Tex or knock-off membrane boot I've owned.

    Traction is very good on every surface I've encountered; snow, ice, slush, water, and mud. They won't make you invincible, but so far the few minor slips I've had have been controllable, and recoverable. The Vibram Hike Approach sole, the boot's last, and the MFF foot bed all combine to make a very comfortable, and supportive package. They even provide a reasonable amount of cushion, without feeling too sneaker-ish.

    The climbing style laces are a nice touch; the weight is good, especially relative to the amount of traction and support, and I like the overall styling, although looking at the treetop green again convinces me I made the right decision ordering the carbon. A younger man might be able to pull off that green, but I would have just embarrassed myself. YMMV

    Perfect

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

    These are great boots, especially for those who prefer hiking shoes to boots. The fit on these is great - very secure for an agile, shoe-like feel. However, they come with the added bonus of ankle height for support and protection, which is great for long treks with a heavy pack and wet/muddy/snowy conditions.
    The tread and sole are provide nice grip for rocky terrain. They were even able to function as approach shoes on the Grand Teton climb I did a couple of summers ago.
    I would highly, highly, highly recommend these boots!

    HIGHLY AND WITHOUT RESERVATION recommend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    My customer wanted me to spread the Salewa cheer, on his behalf. Here is what he has to say:

    For anybody looking to buy Salewa boots, I have always had to go a size up because of the European cut, but they always fit perfect by doing so. I have the last generation Alp Trainer GTX that served me extremely well in Afghanistan through winter and summer, in some of the most unforgiving terrain imaginable.. I would HIGHLY AND WITHOUT RESERVATION recommend Salewa boots/shoes to anybody that is serious about a supportive, comfortable, and hard use boot. I just ordered a replacement pair, today. Thanks for the customer support and keeping great products in stock and fast delivery times.

    fantastic boots

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

    I'm not much of a boot guy. Always grabbing my trail shoes before boots, however these are quickly making me a believer. They are very comfortable and supportive. For me they also provide just enough insulation for summer/fall use on cold alpine routes in the Tetons and winter trails around the Wasatch. The sole is super grippy in all conditions, and the sole is just stiff enough that I wouldn't hesitate to throw on some light strap on crampons.

    I think these run true to size if not a touch on the small side. If you have wider feet I would probably size up.

    Awesome Quality, Awesome Comfort!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12

    Bought a pair of these years ago in Austria which I out grew, but I
    put them through the ringer and they held up perfectly. They are now in the hands of my brother who still uses them. But these are awesome boots! They fit really well and are the most comfortable pair of any type of shoe/boot that I own. Have yet to do any proper hiking in these. But I know they will exceed my expectations! Highly recommended. Only part I was sad about is that I got no Goat sticker. Being from Canada almost no items are allowed to ship here anymore, so that made me sad. And sticker requests internationally are not being worked on hahahaha I've shopped here for 3 years and its always said that.

    Arborist Recommended!

      Great boots, they run accurate on length but the toes are cramped, would order either 1/2 size larger, or go with the wider size to allow room for your toes. The proper size is extremely comfortable and the break in time, I would definitely recommend these boots for anyone that want comfort while hiking in rough terrain and in the trees, which is where I spend a large chunk of the day.

      Arborist Recommended!

      Great boots

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11

      Didnt have time for break in, climbed 2 days in Utah Wasatch, 7 hours each. The boots were comfortable, no blisters, very good support but flexible enough for large rock stability. Held up well in a lot of loose rocks and messy terrane.

      I agree with all of James' opinions. I have never been so pleased, and so confident, with new hiking boots. In the rocky terrain of Mt. Washington (New Hampshire) and nearby hikes, I felt like I had some magic in my feet wearing these boots -- the traction and control are that good, including in the wet. (I'm 5'10", 170, size 10). Steve R.

      Ate my heels

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

      I really wanted to love these boots, but every single time I used them I developed massive blisters on the backs of my heels. I put close to 200 miles on them before I decided to give up on them and try something different. I can see these being fantastic boots if your foot fits well in the heel cup. They are light, the sole has a nice low heel drop, and it has good grip on all sorts of surfaces. For me, however, no lacing/insole/sock configuration was able to keep my heels getting chewed to pieces by these boots. The only thing I found that worked was to duct tape a thick piece of gauze onto my heel before putting on my socks and boots, but I don't feel like that is something I should need to do to have my gear work the way I want it to. I now wear a pair of Asolo boots that work much better for my feet.

      Good boots! But dumb location for velcro

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9

      Updated - I like these boots a lot after more use: They're comfortable on slow and fast hikes; provide great traction and stability on loose, rocky hills; the locking full foot lacing system is good, enabling one to loosen the foot and still maintain tightness around the ankle, or vice versa, depending on terrain. Yup, likely one of the best pair of boots I've owned for a long time. However, a star is removed for whoever thought of placing Velcro between the footbeds, right beneath the heel, causing heels to get hot after only a few hours, making for some wonderful blisters. Why wouldn't it? Velcro? Seriously? Never once have I had blisters beneath my heel in 40 years of hiking; using Whites for firefighting, Danners in the military, and Merrells for running/hiking in the hills. Other than that, though, the boots are great. So do yourself a favor; buy them. But either carefully remove the Velcro or replace the footbeds.

      Now trying to get the missus to buy a pair. And believe me, I wouldn't do that if I thought they weren't any good. My nuts would be toasted.

      The Beginning.

        I just received my new boots today, I must say, they are extremely comfortable and a perfect fit. Most of the reviews say that they run a little bit small, I found that they fit perfectly! The 1st time I laced them they felt overwhelmingly HOT, for approximately 15 minutes, then they were almost like having a pair of very comfortable slippers on. We'll give periodical reviews as I trek through the future journeys.

        The Beginning.

        Break in to break out

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 10.5

        One year down. Figure it's review time. I took these out of the box and went hiking in big cottonwood canyon up to desolation lake. I felt the inisde of my heels getting hot half way there and re laced, they heated up again so I kept going. I had some baby feet after winter so I dealt with it. I got to the lake. Unlaced and discovered I was the latest stigmata victim. Blood was flowing and they were destroyed. Good times. I switched the insoles to super feet and have had a few hot spots since but these boots have grown on me...maybe literally but they're some of my favorites now, maybe it's Stockholm syndrome but I'm a fan.

        Super light, rough on heels

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: Runs small

        I wanted so much to love these boots. They're so light. They look bomber. I hiked about 20 mi. in them in attempt to break them in. Tried multiple socks/insoles. Walked away with heel blisters every time. Climbed a tough 14er in them. The traction on smooth rock, dirt, and scree was amazing. The weight was greatly appreciated. Saved my heels by covering them with athletic tape. However, after 20-25 mi and 2 climbs the seam on the kevlar protection on the left boot is ripped. Not going to buy another pair. Great concept though. I would say they fit a bit small and are better suited to a more narrow foot. Mine's a bit wide (could have lead to the ripped seam).

        Super light, rough on heels

        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.

        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.

        These Rock!!!

        • 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.

        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.

        Unanswered Question

        I am considering either these boots, or the Sportiva Boulder X Mid's, or other Salewa boots with the approach sole. I am not sure I understand the differences between the many Salewa boots with the approach rubber. I am looking for a boot for backpacking (30 lb pack), hiking and as an approach shoe/boot for climbing in Colorado. I have a low volume foot, currently wearing Lowa Focus GTX, and Keen's in the past. I am looking for a sticky sole, maximum comfort (the Lowa Focus boots fit perfectly, have a nice stiff sole, but are still uncomfortable after 2 years on a 12 mile day) and need them to be waterproof. I have read on the comments of the Boulder X Mid that they leak. That would not be acceptable, as I often find myself in snow and creek crossings. How is the GTX membrane on these? The Lowa's don't leak unless they are soaked for days on end. With hiking comfort as primary, and sticky rubber as a secondary requirement, what do you guys/gals think? I am open to suggestions for other boots as well, other than the Keen Targhee's which run a 1/2 size small, and the don't make a 13 1/2.

        Are these shoes good for winter hiking? Is there any insulation?

        These will work for winter, for some active people. However, they are not insulated, specifically for the winter cold. Something like Merrell's Polarand boot, would be better, as it is very insulated, for winter use. So, if you really need a lot of warmth, go that route.



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