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Professional guides and recreational alpinists alike tend to relentlessly pursue quality gear, but the hunt may be over with the Salewa Pro Guide Performance Fit Mountaineering Boot. Built with a Gore-Tex membrane, this tech-backed boot stays waterproof and breathable in even the nastiest environment. Salewa equipped the Pro Guide with an easy-to-use, integrated aluminum stay that quickly converts between walk and climb modes. Top-to-toe lacing helps you dial in the optimal, blister-free fit you need for comfort as well as power transfer through a crampon.

  • Salewa 'Y' distributes lace pressure and support evenly throughout the boot
  • Vibram Salewa Pro sole grips even the trickiest terrain and features when this boot is used on approach
  • Duratherm insulation traps heat to keep your toes comfortable and in communication with the rest of your body through critical footwork sequences
  • Abrasion-resistant Perwanger suede leather upper adds longevity and takes season after season of at-altitude beatings
  • 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, while climbing toe profile offers edging performance

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Just purchased my 3rd pair of the Salewa Pro Guide. I would love to get my two older pair resoled. Do you guys carry that specific Vibram sole? If not do you know where I can purchase?

I spoke with Salewa. They said this boot is being discontinued. Also said there would be no replacement boot made and that they do not have the soles to resole them.

Do you sell the wide version

Hey Earnest,

We do not have the wide version of the Salewa Pro Guide Mountaineering Boots. Another good option would be the Scarpa Mont Blancs since they have a wider last. Feel free to shoot me any more questions on these boots or if you are interested in setting up an order.

I see one of the reviewers of the Salewa Vertical Pro GTX notes that that boot has had the plastic climb/walk function adjustment changed to metal to overcome the stripping problem. Is that also the case with this boot?

Just checked with customer service and they tell me it is indeed metal on this boot now.

Unanswered Question

Would these boots be warm enough for a winter ascent of Mount Washington in NH? We experience sub zero temperatures often. My winter hikers with 400 grams of insulation keep me warm enough for "hikes" but I'm not sure how the Goretex insulation compares.

Wouldn't choose any different boot!

Wouldn't choose any different boot!

These boots are great! I have iced climbed in these a ton. Keep my feet warm, haven't had an issue of my feet being cold. Very comfortable and have been using them just as winter boots as well. They are very stylish and look durable as hell. I already know I will be keeping these for as long as I can resole these bad boys. Would definitely recommend! Just make sure you get the right size.

So for the walk/climb mode on my boots, I can only turn the hex insert half a turn. The arrow never makes it all the way to climb mode but half way. Has any other owners had this problem or is it just normal?

I am pretty sure its okay but, I will double check for you. I will send you an email so you have my contact info. Ill need a picture so I can send it over to our brand rep.


Not completely thought though...

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

The mode change on certain models of this boot is a hex key. The hole in the boot gets packed easily with snow and ice. Then when you go to switch the modes it is VERY easy to ruin the hex key slot. I have done it, and I know a couple people who have done it. I ended up buying an properly sized hex key and marked on it how deep it should be to know that I had inserted it enough. I also am trying to figure out some modification or other tool to throw in my kit that lets me clean out the hex insert to make it easier. I have no idea what this is made of plastic when it is so clear that this part should be made or at least reinforced with metal.

I have a borderline D/E width foot. Will...

I have a borderline D/E width foot. Will this boot work for me in terms of width. I just bought a pair of Mammut Mamook's and they are just too narrow for me.

Best Answer

Salewa performance fit boots are rated for a D-width foot. You might want to check out their "Insulated fit" boots which are rated for E-EE foot widths. My right foot is tight at a EE width. I have these exact boots in an Insulated fit and while they're a bit snug, they fit better than any other boot on the market for my wide-"er" feet.


I like em

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

I've used these for alpine climbing as well as ice climbing. Function and fit were excellent. My feet stayed warm and dry while providing the expected performance on ice, snow, and rock one would expect from a high end boot. Sizing will differ as this is euro sized. Go up one half size for best fit.

My understanding is that there are three...

My understanding is that there are three lace locks on these boots and are designated by a yellow dot adjacent to the lace hook. However, on my boots the uppermost lace hook does not lock ... but it is designated by a yellow dot. Anybody else notice this? Not a major deal and I will not return them because of this, just curious.

However, I have noticed that the adjustment screw in both boots is very easy to turn, maybe too easy. Hiking for a few miles in walk mode the screw in the right boot somehow went over to the climb mode. Anyone else have a similar experience?

RE Top lace hook - Mine were the same way when I got them. I took a pair of pliers and bent it down a bit to get the desired locking effect.

RE mode switch looseness - I haven't experienced this problem. I have the opposite actually. It takes an act of herculean might to switch from walk to climb mode. I'm not sure who over at Salewa is putting these soles together, but they really need to get a lesson in consistency and manufacturing.


Needs plenty break in time

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I have used them on few gut bust'n hikes and so far the left boot performs as advertised in walk mode but the right boot is still really stiff. I continue to work with them on the trail and in the garage to get it lose but the right boot is very stubborn. The 9 performance is a good fit me so I hope they will come around soon. I did one hike in snow and was warm and dry. I had to insert a cushy footbed because these are stiff hard boots. I hope to get them in shape for next season ice.

they look like they would be more suited for high altitude mixed hiking...what about for mostly low altitude 5,000-10,000ish ft? overkill?

@frederich - Use green superfeet and toggle them from walk/climb a LOT. Should loosen up the coil spring in the sole action a little. If all else fails and they're still beating up your feet, contact Salewa about it.

@Crash - They're great for just about anything you throw at them. Elevation wise, it doesn't really matter. I've climbed 6k ft mountains in the Olympics that had snow and ice in May with these boots. Just depends on where you're taking them and what the conditions are. For extended (3+ days) trips in temps below 15deg F, I would choose a double boot like the Scarpa Phantom 6k