Lightweight, moderately stiff mountaineering boot for technical routes.

Boasting a lightweight design, a nimble suede and Cordura upper, and a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane, the Salewa Rapace GTX Boot can handle light mountaineering duties and travel over technical routes.

  • Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane keeps you dry through wet and brutal alpine conditions and allows foot sweat and moisture to escape from within
  • 3F power system blends plenty of lateral support with impressive fore-aft flexibility
  • The 3S System Combi employs a triple-density micro-porous rubber midsole for ultimate edging performance on rocks and technical terrain
  • TPU heel insert makes this boot compatible with step-in crampons
  • Mid-stiff nylon shank delivers enough stiffness for use with crampons but has some give to it, too, so your toes will thank you at the end of the day
  • Multi-fit footbed lets you dial in the perfect fit with individualized adjustment
  • Rugged Vibram Malaz outsole stands up to abuse and provides excellent traction over rough terrain and slippery surfaces

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Looking to get a pair for Colorado 14ers - spring and fall/winter looking at either these or the Mountain Trainer Mid. I got rid of the Trango cuz I felt they were too much boot. Im looking for something stiff that may be crampon compatible when i need them. Ideas? I wear a 44 in Sportiva.

Hi! I'm 9.5 on keen's boot and 10 on merrel's boots. Does anyone know which number I have to choose for this model? Thanks

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Hey Sergio,
In my experience, Salewa's fit closer to a Merrel then a Keen. However, keep in mind that the Salewa will have a more narrow fit. The break in period is usually longer for Salewa, but it will be worth it.

In your opinion/experience, would these...

In your opinion/experience, would these boots be able to handle a late April/early May ascent of Mount Shasta?
Also, these boots are compatible with hybrid crampons. Do you think using strap-on crampons would work as well?


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Hey Erunilmo,
These would be great boots for an early ascent of Mount Shasta. They have everything you need in a lightweight package. As for crampons you could use any you wish though I feel step in crampons will be the most effective. If you have further mountaineering questions feel free to hit us up at 1-800-409-4502

Are these boots good for many hours of...

Are these boots good for many hours of walking or I should go for the Trainer? I know that they overkill for trekking, but I need a pair of boots that is ideal for trekking and at the same time will not disappoint me when use them in snow conditions or with crampons
Many thanks in advance...

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I'd say that comes down to what kind of mountaineering/crampon use you plan to encounter, and what type of crampons you own. if you are just doing glacier walking and nothing that is very technical then the trainer should be fine with a pair crampons that have rubber bindings. If you think you'll be doing more technical climbing and have crampons that lock into place with metal bars then these are going to work much better as they have the proper rands and support to work better with that style of crampon binding. These are a tad overkill for general three season trekking I would say, but if the above points to using them I'm sure they could work, they aren't so heavy that I would say they are debilitating.

4 5

did the job

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

bought for the haute route, glacier route.
there is plenty of flex in these boots, like a hiking boot really.
never got a serious blister only a hot spot or two.
no problems, size was fine. nice grippy sole.
multi fit footbed is more advertising than practical.
think i had a size us 11.5 and they just fit grivel 10pt crampons.

2 5

Not Great Bits fell off & I got blisters

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

On receiving these boots I loved the look of them and the positive fit. I have a very narrow low volume foot and these boots could be closed up snug around my forefoot and toes without feeling like there was loads of material crushed around my feet. In fact these were the first pair of boots I've used where my toes haven't hit the boot fronts on steep descents.

Unfortunately that’s where the positive side ends. After using them for several 15 - 20k walks I used them on a longer trek in the Lake District. On this walk one of the lace hooks broke off at the ankle where the 'Y-fit system' wraps around your foot. This was only a week before I was to do the 3 peaks challenge so I didn't have time to send them back as I needed them for this.

On the climb up Ben Nevis the hook at the same point on the other boot went.

In addition some actual scrambling on that route lead to me developing large open friction blisters on both heels. approx 2cm across and down to the flesh.

Disappointingly the Salewa blister free guarantee only applies to the first two weeks you own them. So if you go for any of their shoes or boots either ignore this marketing gimmick or make sure you test them to the limit of their use very quickly (something most users would be hesitant to do with new kit)

All in all disappointed in the build quality and even more so in the marketing gimmick that is the blister free guarantee, particularly as they gave me weeping wounds on both feet!

Not Great Bits fell off & I got blisters

If I wear a size 45.5 in La Sportiva...

If I wear a size 45.5 in La Sportiva Trangos. What size should I opt for in these?

- I have normal volume feet.

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I spent a lot of time in this boot and the Trangos. I found the sizing to be very similar. The Rapace is ever so slightly lower volume than the Trangos. I also found that the toe box on the Trangos is a little bit narrower than the Rapace. I ended up getting these boots and am very happy so far. They don't have quite as much ankle support but seem way more breathable (the Trangos have a lot of padding in them).

5 5

Comfortable, warm boots

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

I find these boots to be very comfortable and plenty warm for the 3-season use I have given them. I have pretty narrow feet and the Rapace accommodates my "low volume" foot well.

I also have lousy circulation in my extremities and too-frequently get cold toes (and fingers). The sole is rigid enough for crampons, but still allows my foot to flex a bit and move around some blood. They are also plenty warm in cold conditions. I've worn them to work on a couple 10°F days this winter; they were plenty warm while I scraped off the car, then too warm when I got to the office.

One feature I think is pretty cool is the "lace lock" (my term). The bottom of the three metal lace hooks comes to a V and pinches the lace so you can have the laces around your foot loose (or tight) and have a different tension around your ankle. Great feature!

About the only bad thing I can say about them is that the soles wear kind of fast. When they do wear out though, I'll get them resoled or buy another pair.

I love these boots!

Comfortable, warm boots
5 5

light as a feather

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

first impression of this boot is how light it is. feels like a day hiker, yet burly enough for crampons.

so far have only taken it on shorter hikes (less than 5 miles) in new england snow. i have been in these boots with little break in, pretty much laced them up and out the door for some shorter hikes. heel cup felt a little weird at first, a little tight, but got use to it quick and best of all no blisters.

they are definitely stiff enough for crampon work, but wouldn't necessary try any vertical ice with them. however they are light enough that i will use them a daily hiker in the summer when my pack loads are up and trail runners wont cut it.

size was right on, and they have a multi layered footbed, which allows for expedition style socks as well as thinner socks for summer use.

update 8-27-13
took these boots on a 5 day sierra bender and will no longer be wearing them. the heel design has made for a very uncomfortable pressure point on the back of the achilles, to the point of thinking I had strained it. wanted to love them, but unfortunately too much pain. blister free yes, pain free no.

Unanswered Question

I hope to climb Margherita Peak in Uganda...

I hope to climb Margherita Peak in Uganda later this year at 5109m with crampon use across the glaciers and at higher altitude. Would this boot be perfect for this altitude or should i opt for a higher end model in Salewa's mountaineering boots?
Hope to hear your thoughts

5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love my new Salewa boots!
Great fit, comfort, and style....
Only problem is I want other Model Salewa's now!

5 5

Excellent boots

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've beat the living snot out of these boots. Hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, SAR. They are great! Check out my in-depth review at Seattle Backpackers Magazine

width-wise and size, are these closer to...

width-wise and size, are these closer to scarpa (wide) or la sportiva (narrow)? I'm a 48 in scarpa mt blanc's and am thinking the 13 will be too small.

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Closer to the Sportiva fit for sure. Might need to size up a tad from Scarpa which is generous.

Am planning a trip to Killimanjaro. Are...

Am planning a trip to Killimanjaro. Are these boots recommended for the entire trek?

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Thay can be good for the need to know that is good for semi-auto crmpons.....

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If you are used to lighter or lower boots, these may be too much boot until you get farther up the mountain.

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I climbed Kilimanjaro with regular hiking boots with no problems. Heck, your porters will probably be in sandals until the summit day. I think these would be overkill, too heavy and too hot.

2 5

Tight in the toes

I could not keep these boots. The toe box was not comfortable. My toes could not move much. I like to have some movement, a little curl and the chance to lift them. I was bummed because I have the Salewa Mountain Trainer shoe and I was able to make the toe box function by tinkering with the lace system.

Awesome looking boots. I wish they fit me! Not recommended for me. Bummer.

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What did you end up getting to replace them? I have this same issue.

my new Salewa Rapace boots getting some snow & ice use

my new Salewa Rapace boots getting some snow & ice use

2012-06-03 from the Snake Couloir, Mt. Sneffels, Colorado

5 5

Awesome winter boots!

I spent a good 5 months searching for and trying on different winter boots. I found that for peak ascents and more serious hiking and backpacking in the northeast, that a double plastic was way overkill, yet a boot with support and proper stiffness is important. Most insulated boots cause feet to sweat way too much. The danger is then that the boots may freeze overnight, or just be uncomfortable during the day. Nothing worse than sweating through your boots, even if they are "breathable." After much research and ordering and returning of different boots, this was the absolute best choice. These boots are really well made, and are definitely waterproof (had them covered in snow for hours, the outer layer eventually got wet, but no moisture made it through to my feet.) They are also the most breathable winter boots I've ever used. They are rather sturdy, allow just enough flex for comfortable winter hiking, and take crampons and snowshoes quite well. They are also a good deal lighter than many similar boots I tried, and you notice it on the trail. Nothing like really feeling your footing rather than feeling like you are walking on a plastic platform. I went up a whole size, and use them with mountaineering socks and wool liners. My feet were almost too warm when the temps approached 30. In the 20's my feet were warm the whole time. These boots have enough room in the toe box for me, and are cut on the same footbed as the salewa mtn trainer gtx, so you can go to your local ems and try them on to see how they fit before ordering these. The last point is that these boots have an amazing little feature - a two layer footbed which can have one layer removed. This is awesome both because it allows for more volume if you are in-between sizes, but also allows for adjusting your level of sockage based on the weather. Want one thick pair? Leave in both parts of the footbed. Want layered socks? Take one piece out. Definitely recommended for winter use on the trail. Also recommend for general mountaineering on lower peaks and where a double boot is overkill. There is a great little approach section on the shoe, and without the crampons these make great scrambling shoes, and will do really well on exposed rock. I'd say they are too heavy for summer use, but if you really wanted to make it happen I think it would be fine.

Awesome winter boots!

I am considering these boots to replace...

I am considering these boots to replace some 10 year old Salomon’s with superfeet insoles and I am wondering if anyone could tell me if it would be appropriate to continue to use my existing insoles in these boots. Any feedback would be welcome.

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If your Superfeets are also 10 years old, they are probably dead. I would try the boots without new insoles first. They have good arch support built in. If you feel you still need Superfeets, grab a new pair.

Does anyone know how these compare for...

Does anyone know how these compare for size between Asolo and Keen shoes? I wear a 12 in Asolo and an 11 in Keen, and am trying to figure out what size I should try in these! Thanks!

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That doesn't sound right - keen boots usually fit a half size small, while asolos usually fit pretty true. Sounds like you are sizing up in the Asolos because of the narrow toes, which means they're probably not a good fit.

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Yes, quite strange. I call myself a 10.5 normally. Wore a size 9 combat boot in the Army, never a blister. Size 11 when we got our desert boots. Once again, never a blister. Asolos...same story, but as a size 12...comfortable boot as far as I'm concerned, but I wasn't happy enough with them to go for a second it's nice to know now that they were probably a bad fit, and I can look for that in the future. I've always been narrow footed though, so I'm a bit baffled myself. Any info on the Salewa sizing...?

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I don't have the rapace but do own the similar Mountain Trainer Mid. The fit is true to length - but I tend to size up a half size to accomodate my wide toes. In most boots this makes them too roomy, but the Mtn Trainers are lower volume, so they still fit well. If you have a narrow foot then I'd go with your measured size for sure.

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I want to ask what size i must take... i wear 42.5 europe size in my Salomon cosmic 4D