The right footwear for a professional approach to your favorite alpine project.
- Lightweight Schoeller Super Fabric upper resists abrasion and moisture while maintaining breathability
- Included Allen wrench lets you easily tighten or loosen the clearly labeled sole tension system depending on whether you're walking or climbing
- Waterproof breathable membrane keeps your feet dry and comfortable
- Thinsulate 400 insulation traps heat so you don't have to drop out of a multi-pitch ordeal to hold your toes over a fire
- Salewa 3F system locks down your heel for a blister-free fit
- Standard lacing with speed hooks and glove-friendly waterproof zipper pull makes for easy operation and the custom fit you're used to
- Top seals off with elastic, anatomic collar and secure lock
- Full rubber rand adds durability and protection
- Durable, grippy Vibram Salewa Pro outsole features aggressive lugs that offer a high level of grip on mud and snow when you're not stepping into a crampon Climbing toe profile offers edging performance
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Initial review/thoughts: Me: 6-1, 198, purchased size 11. I'm a 10 1/2 and the 11 fits great in the Performance.
Now keep in mind my first climb in these was in relatively hot weather. I live in So Cal and close to Mt. Baldy and we've had some good snow thus far. But, I picked a day where it was in the high 60's at the trail head, around 5,700 ft. I need to break them in, so instead of wearing trial runners at the start, I wore the boots. I got hot. I also want to say my sock choice was stupid as they were thin but old and kind of worn on the inside. My bad. But I got a blister x2. Witholding judgment for now as to the "Blister Free Guarantee" but the seam was noticeable.
Ok, now for the climb part. In the walk mode, I dug this boot. It flexed just enough to put some miles in on the approach. The heel underfoot was very stable. Not too wide, not too narrow compared to my Mammut GTX. So getting going was....thoughtless. Meaning, I was motoring along and never thought about traction, roll or anything. Once on the route, the snow was super firm and I didn't put my crampons on right away, switched to climb mode and edged up a 35-40 degree angle. I cut a couple of steps with my ice ax, but mostly just edged and used the toe to climb a short section. Kinda dumb as it was super icy and sketchy, but dang there's nothing like a new Vibram sole! The sole on the Salewa is quite different than the ones on my Mammuts. It's better. Better uphill and downhill, as breaking was awesome. Once the crampons were on, I made short work of the route section I was on. Is there still some flex? Yes, a bit. But not much. Is this a completely rigid boot like my Millet Radikals? Nope. But for me, who is more of an Alpine / Mountaineer climber, they are bomber. I just wish it was colder and I was not moving so fast in order to see how warm they were, but I'll never get a good feel for that until I get into the Eastern Sierra next month.
Can someone explain is the gaiter version simply the addition of the schoeller fabric to the boot?
The 'gaiter' version does include a waterproof-breathable membrane made of Schoeller and Salewa's proprietary SuperFabric, whereas the 'Guide' version does not include this supergaiter. Both boots are insulated and include climb/walk modes.
Tried on the Guide version yesterday in a US 13 / EU 47 (Gaiter version not available in my size). The boot fit my foot really well - great start. Walking around in 'WALK' mode is an eye opener, and I could def see how the flexibility would make approaches measurably easier/faster. In 'CLIMB' mode, however, there was still some flex to the boot (way more than my old Baturas).
So, a question to those of you who have this boot and have climbed steep ice/mixed in it: how does the flex in 'CLIMB' mode affect your climbing on steep terrain? (I realize this flex might only be an issue with the largest size.)
I haven't noticed a difference between the older Baturas and the Salewas (while in CLIMB mode, though I attempted to climb steep terrain in WALK mode and it was very wonky) and I'm a size 44. I use the BD Stinger with the standard centerbar (not the flex) for most steep ice/mixed, so my crampons keep the boot fairly stiff. However, the newer Batura 2.0 with a carbonfiber honeycomb sole makes the boot stiffer and does make a noticeable difference. You may find yourself working slightly more to fight calf-pump when standing on the frontpoints as compared to the Batura 2.0, though when able to engage the secondary points this difference was nearly eliminated. These newer Batura 2.0s are much stiffer but the lower profile keeps me from walking like Frankenstein on the approach. Though the convenience of WALK mode makes this minute sacrifice worth it for any routes with a substantial approach.
i was wondering about the key hole. would it lead to moisture getting into the boot. or is it plugged?
It is plugged.
i just got these boots and i was wondering if there was any guidance on how far the walk climb screw should turn and how easy it should turn. the pair i have the dot turns from walk 90' up and no further. i don't want to break them.
Hi, Salewa rep here. 90 degrees is the correct amount. It should feel fairly stiff to turn.
just to clarify it doesn't matter that the dot does not line up to the climb arrow. as long as it turns as far as it can thats the correct position.
Could you please explain the difference between Insulated Plus and Performance fit between these boots.
Hey Brad. I've researched the Mammut Nordwand, Scarpa Phantom Guide and the Salewa's. The difference between the Salewa Insulated Plus and the Performance is simply how the boot fits. Both have equal amounts of Thinsulate insulation and lacing system, however the Insulated Plus has a wider toe box. I just returned the Insulated Plus in favor of the Performance. I am 6-1, 195 with a 10-5 to 11 mid volume foot. I ordered the Insulated in 11 and with a normal sock (not mountaineering) the boot was too wide in the toe box and heel was not locked down. So I ordered the performance that has a more streamlined fit, also in 11. The size of the 11 was spot on, with just enough length. Just too wide for my foot. I can't comment on the boot yet until I get enough trips to pen a review. Hope this helps.
Hi Brad, Salewa rep here. Spencer has it right. The Insulated Plus is 4mm wider (approx. an "E" fit) than the Performance. Good for wide feet, thicker socks & when you want to come home from Denali with all your toes!