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Navigate talus fields like a pro and devour the mileage of your next adventure with the Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX Mid Boot. Designed for support, this rugged distance boot utilizes stiff nylon, a fiberglass shank, and proprietary 3F Fit System for a precision fit and efficient power transfer. This helps reduce fatigue and minimize risk of injury, while a Gore-Tex membrane ensures waterproof protection and breathability.

  • Durable Vibram Mulaz sole gains traction on a wide variety of surfaces
  • Abrasion-resistant suede upper enhances comfort and fit while adding longevity
  • Salewa 'Y' distributes lacing force across entire foot for more even support
  • Multiple Fit Footbed technology offers volume customization per individual foot size and width
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Thought they would last longer

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

I bought a pair of these boots to serve as my main, go-to workhorse for hiking, backpacking, scrambling, and single-day alpine assaults in the Cascades. After several blisters, my feet have come to love them. I am a little disappointed with the sole's wear though, I seem to be nearly at the end of their usable life for snow ascents after ~450 miles this past year. Most of the terrain I cover is rocky, slippery roots, and steep. The longest day I have put in is ~20 miles w/ 9500' vert (up, 8700 down) - I wished for a bit more breathability, but nothing an extra pair of socks and a half hour in the sun can't handle. They're also pretty great for snowshoeing (granted, my feet run really warm).

I will likely replace with a pair of Rapace for a bit more stiffness, but Salewa has proven themselves.

Update 7/7/15 -
I have put an additional 300mi on these without any incident, my original appraisal of the treadwear seems to be incorrect.

Great boot for NE

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

Ive had these boots for a couple years now and theyre still holding up great. Granted i mostly use them in winter, but that can be very hard on some rubbers. I've only had two problems with these, one being that a couple of the lace hooks bent out, the other being a couple small blisters after walking 12 miles up and down switch backs with wet feet from falling in a stream while sight fishing lake trout. For real though, i didn't even feel these blisters because the boot fits so well.

Excellent boots for climbing CO 14ers

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

I've been using these boots for ticking off the 58 14000+ ft peaks in Colorado. They are comfortable, yet light for some of the longer approach hikes, but still have great traction on 4th class terrain. Pair them with Microspikes for great traction when hard snow is present. I have narrow, low volume feet, and these fit very well with Superfeet insoles. No blisters so far and I have hiked about 100 miles in them.

Solid boots

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

I got these boots to use for rock scrambles when I don't really need full mountaineering boots since using those on 15+ mile days was doing a number on my feet. I wear a 10.5 in Scarpas and got a 10.5 in these and they fit just fine. The tread pattern is essentially the same and they gripped rock just fine. They were comfortable, for me, for all day use. If I were going to be kicking steps in hard snow I would probably stick with a fully stiff mountaineering boot.



4 stars because I wish they made a model without goretex. I originally tried the goretex-less low-top version of this but my foot wasn't secure in it. Surface waterproofing of leather and the rubber rand are adequate for my intended uses.

Solid boot in varied conditions.

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

Great boot overall. I am really picky when it comes to boots and always afraid to try something I haven't logged a lot of miles on comfortably. These boots Impressed. Solid performance. Got them into talus fields and snow at altitude and lived up to performance. Where they shine for me is on the decent. No foot movement in the boot. No sore toes or heal movement. Nice fit overall. Even with the great fit and solid performance, they still are hard on your feet. no blisters but your feet FEEL like they have been a boot all day.

Great multipurpose boot!

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

I have primarily used this boot for winter hiking on the Wasatch, but I will use it for much more. I love the foot bed on this boot, it leaves the foot comfortable and is set so that your foot is not jammed into the boot. The micro adjustment in the laces makes the boot conform to your individual foot well. I will use this for my summer hiking, rock scrambling, and on longer backpacking trips.

Great multipurpose boot!

Rad boots

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

i worn these daily ( sadly, only in the valley ) for about a month. they're really cool.



the design, materials and construction appear super solid. not too many features, not too few. grippy, rugged sole. easy to manipulate the lacing to suit the need, i.e. casual or performance. not insulated, so not warm in cold conditions, unless i'm active. lightweight, but sturdy.



i'm expecting these to perform well across a variety of conditions for a long time.

great stiff boot

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

it seems like they run about 1 size than the Fire Vents, but they fit well. I had some blisters on the sides of my heels, but the rubbing seemed to be due to lacing errors (ie, too tight and pulling the heel towards the back of the boot). If you take the time to get the lacing right, they area great boot.



The waterproofing works well. Breathability is fair.

Great so far!

    I recently purchased the Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX for a trip I am taking with our Boy Scouts to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. I had read the reviews and was looking for a very durable all around boot for Backpacking. We will be carrying approximately 50lbs for ten days as we hike through the mountains. I wore these right out of the box on a 10 mile training hike and had very little issues at all. I only have approximately 30 miles on them so far but they seem to get better each time I put them on. I will be sure to give an update after we return from our trek in early July.

    I haven't worn mine for Philmont, but I've been wearing mine for daily use in the office / hospital (I'm wearing them now) and hiking / service projects with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for the past 3 months.

    By far the most comfortable-out-of-the-box boots I've worn, and the second most comfortable pair of boots that I own--second only to my 15-year old Red Wing work boots that took 3 months to fully break in.

    Blister-free my a?#<

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    After 10 miles my two heels make a lie of Salewa's 'Blister-free' guarantee. Professional fitting, quality socks - the fact is the guarantee is a crock. Salewa used to be a quality brand.

    Dude, I have over 300 miles on mine, no a single issue, I put 110 on em in a week. Truth is , poor fit = blisters. its not the boot, sorry. I had to buy a few different brands of socks, I finally settled on Smartwool Phd hikers, no liner, change them everyday, wash only with water, Great sock, oops that's a different review. these are great boots, NOW they are not vasques from Italy made in the late 80's either but, good boot none the less

    Disappointed in the long run

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've had these for a good while now (1.5 years) and overall I am disappointed. They wear out fast. In fact they wear out very fast. The toes are shot despite several attempts to fix them. Now my feet get wet and the soles are ripping apart. You'd think $200+ boots would last a while. I had my Asolo Fugative GTX's for close to 5 years before they were worn this bad. I will not buy these again.

    Disappointed in the long run

    The Sticky Icky On These Boots!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    After 30+ miles on the Appalachian Trail these are my favorite boots of all time. I was worried about the blister situation and packed extra insoles just in case and found that the supplied peel away split insole that these come with either made the boots fit snug or too loose. So in the end I just used my old stillflex insoles (from an old Dolomite boot) and had no issues with blisters. I also use liner socks and pre-applied my own homemade anti-blister balm just to be safe and had no issues with blisters. The break in time for these boots took just the morning on the first day.

    My favorite feature is that the rand and under-soles stick to everything. We were hiking late December and there were wet leaves, wet rocks and ice everywhere and I had no issues climbing over anything.

    My one gripe is these are not the most cushioned boots I ever worn and downhills you tend to feel it more especially on worn down trails. But this can easily be fixed by inserting beefier cushioned insoles.

    In closing I will sum up the awesomeness of these boots: In the last 10 years of hiking the first thing I always want to do when getting back to the car is throwing off my boots and getting into some dry cotton socks and sneakers or flip flops for the drive home. Last night was the first time in 10 years that I kept my boots on during the two plus hour drive back home. That is how comfortable these Salewa are!

    The Sticky Icky On These Boots!

    blister fee

    I'm not a fan of the original two sole system that Salewa ships these boots with. It either makes the boots fit snug for the size if you use both insoles or loose for the size if you use the one thin insole. So I substituted an old Stillflex insole and it worked out perfectly.

    blister fee

    You're absolutely right about the insoles in these boots. You'll need to find another insole to get any use out of these boots; the Salewa insole is horrible. Also, I'd add that the foot bed is VERY rigid and hard; it's still flexible, but the foot bed without a good insole will leave your entire body aching. GET A GOOD INSOLE!

    sizing info

    size 10.5 is a EU 44 and for me the fit was on the small size for a normal 10.5 and felt more like a 10

    sizing info
    Unanswered Question

    How to the Rapace stack up against these? I've tried these and they fit like a glove (45 with thick hiking socks). Although, I was wondering if it's worth the extra few bucks for crampon compatability? Are the two pairs much different from each other, otherwise? My main concern is the fit.



    Also, I should mention I will be using them for general 3 season hiking and an upcoming trek in Nepal (potentially up to 23 days long)



    Cheers!

    how good are these for narrow feet? how would compare these to the asolo fugitive, and would either be suitable for crampon use, yet not too stiff to have a more general use?

    I have narrow feet and have had these for a year now and love the way they fit. I use them for light hiking all year and on job sites, I am a Landscape Architect. I had a pair of Asolo TPS520 before purchasing these. The MTN Trainers are a more snug fit. The soles stay stiff, but not too stiff to be uncomfortable in them for 12+ hrs.

    I want to get a boot for approximately 12 mile days in the winters of Montana on a Prairie Reserve... Has this boot kept your foot warm in cold temperatures (if so how cold)?

    IS THIS BOOT GOOD FOR WALKING ON HARD...

    IS THIS BOOT GOOD FOR WALKING ON HARD SURFACE AT WORK .ie, concrete?

    I tried a pair of Alp Trainers, but they...

    I tried a pair of Alp Trainers, but they were too narrow.. Really wanted to like them, but it just wouldn't work.. Are there any wider?

    These are a tiny bit wider, but not much at all. Salewa has a very "euro" fit to them. I consider my feet to be quite narrow and the alps are one of the best fitting boots I have ever tried on while the Mtn Trainer is a little loose, especially in the forefoot.

    is this boot designed for crampon use

    is this boot designed for crampon use

    why choose this (mtn trainer) vs the Alp...

    why choose this (mtn trainer) vs the Alp Trainer? What are the differences, benefits, drawbacks? thanks in advance

    Best Answer

    I have used both. My original experience was with the Mtn Trainer. I really liked how they felt on my feet, but after wearing them for several hours, I started getting excruciating heel pain. Not sure what it was related to. Several weeks later I wore them again and had the same problem. I moved over to the Alp Trainer and haven't had any problems.



    That aside, here are the differences between each. In my opinion, the MTN trainer felt a little more like a traditional hiking boot. It had good support and a good sole. In addition, it appeared to be a little wider than the Alp Trainer. I would classify the Alp Trainer as more of an ascent shoe. While it can certainly be used for hiking, the sole and narrowness of the shoe make it suitable for rock hoping and bouldering a little better. The Alp Trainer does tend to be a little narrower so if your feet are wide this might not be the best fit.



    One other major difference right now is that last year's color of the Alp Trainer are $100 cheaper than the MTN trainer on Backcountry

    Thanks for the response. I have the Alp Trainers for a trip to the Rockies and they are way too narrow. I usually wear a 44, or 10.5, but got the size 11 (44.5) in the Alp Trainers, and they are still too narrow. Will try out the Mountain Trainers, if you are correct about foot volume being greater in these, then they will be perfect.

    Are these compatible with crampons?

    Are these compatible with crampons?

    does this boot run small? Thank you ,...

    does this boot run small? Thank you , Kenny

    Hi, My actual boots are Lowa Tibet but...

    Hi,

    My actual boots are Lowa Tibet but I want to buy lighter boots for lighter hike. Salewa boots seems to be the right choice. I was wandering if they fit as same as Lowa or are made smaller. In Lowa I am comfortable with 13 us and my merell shoes are 12 us ... Also do you think these boots will suits with light crampons ? I kwow that the rapace is the best boot for light crampons but It's probably a little bit stiff for hiking mountains in the northeast states ? Thank you !

    Best Answer

    Hi, I love these boots and are quite light and have a small enough toe for a little climbing on little holds but yet a roomy toe box.I think a 13 would fit you fine.These are not good with crampons, you can get them to work but because of the stable wide base of the heal, the boot and crampon tend to slide and snow gets between them. I recommend Kahtoola micro spikes with these, or if your doing something a little serious then mountaineering boots are best. The rapace is more stiff but only has 3/4 shank, so a little give on the toe area. Hope this helps. Cory

    Hi, I love these boots and are quite light and have a small enough toe for a little climbing on little holds but yet a roomy toe box.I think a 13 would fit you fine.These are not good with crampons, you can get them to work but because of the stable wide base of the heal, the boot and crampon tend to slide and snow gets between them. I recommend Kahtoola micro spikes with these, or if your doing something a little serious then mountaineering boots are best. The rapace is more stiff but only has 3/4 shank, so a little give on the toe area. Hope this helps.  Cory

    How does this boot compare to the Asolo...

    How does this boot compare to the Asolo Fugitive? I own the Fugitives and I can't seem to keep the blisters off my heels. The Salewa Mountain boots look similar, just wondering if anyone has worn both and can compare. I was also considering the Zamberlan Steeps if anyone can help!!

    Best Answer

    I haven't had they Fugitives but I think that this Salewa Mtn trainer is a better boot from the vibram to lacing to the ankle support and it is comfy and light. Now I do own the steeps by Zam. and they are great but more heavy and less ankle support for me and also I like the tread more on the Salewa ,when I first thought I'd like the Zams more. Both are great boots I don't think you can go wrong with either. The Zams are way better in snow. Salewa way better on rock. Cory

    I haven't had they Fugitives but I think that this Salewa Mtn trainer is a better boot from the vibram to lacing to the ankle support and it is comfy and light. Now I do own the steeps by Zam. and they are great but more heavy and less ankle support for me and also I like the tread more on the Salewa ,when I first thought I'd like the Zams more. Both are great boots I don't think you can go wrong with either. The Zams are way better in snow. Salewa way better on rock. Cory

    how do these boot fit? do they run true...

    how do these boot fit? do they run true to size - I wear a 11.5 in a brooks running shoe and the fitting boots I own are a pair of cowboy boots in a size 11B. also do they tend to be more narrow or wide.

    I have the Ravens in size 11 also wear La...

    I have the Ravens in size 11 also wear La Sportiva baruntse size 44.5 and have had very good fit with extra heavy socks. I was planing on getting these the Salewa Mountain trainer GTX for 3 season backpacking but wanted to use mid weight wool socks would you suggest size 10.5? Is the fit similar to the Ravens?

    I have the Ravens in size 11 also wear La...