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Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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    8 Reviews


    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
    climbing-style lace
    MFF+ insole (Multi Fit Footbed)
    Vibram Hike Approach
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 3 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    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


    • 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!


    • 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.

    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.

    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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