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Salewa's lightest crampon-compatible boot.

Light mountaineering in technical terrain calls for the Salewa Men's Rapace GTX Mountaineering Boot. Gore-Tex Performance Comfort gives this boot waterproofing that remains highly breathable for active pursuits. Constructed with Salewa's innovative 3F System Evo, this boot provides a surprising amount of flexibility without ridding any much-needed ankle support.

Salewa built this boot out of a highly durable Cordura with nubuck reinforcements and a 360-degree rubber rand for long-lasting use. The climbing-style lace ensures a snug fit from toe to heel, and the Multi-Fit Footbed offers customized comfort. The Rapace also features a nylon midsole for mid-stiff stability, and Vibram's Mulaz sole has the rugged lugs you need to tackle any terrain.

  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
  • 3F System Evo
  • Cordura upper with nubuck reinforcements
  • 360-degree rubber rand
  • Climbing-style lace
  • Step-in crampon compatibility
  • Multi-Fit Footbed
  • Mid-stiff nylon midsole
  • Vibram Mulaz sole

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1 5

Metal Shoe Lace Brackets Will Break

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

After six months, the metal brackets that hold the laces around the ankle broke. They broke on both sides. They are very malleable, junk metal. North face uses steel on theirs. For a $200 boot, that is just unacceptable, especially since these are crampon compatible and a failure in a remote location could be catastrophic.

I contacted Salewa regarding the same and got no response.

Other than this major defect, the boots were comfortable and durable.

Unanswered Question

Are these boots re-sole able?

5 5

Car-to-Summit Champion

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Purchased: 9

This boot solved one of my biggest peeves: switching from approach shoes to mountain boots when you gain elevation and hit snow. I mostly climb Spring mountaineering routes in the Eastern Sierras, Tetons, and Wasatch. For those conditions this boot cannot be beat!

This boot hikes very well. Don't expect it to breathe like a mesh-sided approach shoe, but there is no insulation, just some padding around the heel. There is a great deal of for-aft flex, but lateral stability is superb. Excellent heel support when hauling large loads.

It climbs rock very well. Laces go clear down to the toe so you can really tighten it up if needed. I have no problem with class IV and low class V rock that you encounter on most mountaineering routes. It edges well, and the sole is soft enough to be sticky.

This boot paired nicely with my semi-auto Grivel G12 crampons for steep couloir snow/low angle ice climbing. Crampons stiffened it up perfectly for this kind of alpine work. The outer leather does wet-out, and I recently had water squishing between my toes after 12 hours on Mt. Owen in the Tetons. I'm going to put some waterproof treatment on ASAP to combat that.

I have the 2015 revamped version that is mostly red. I ordered this boot in my normal street shoe size and I pair it with the Smartwool Hike Light. I have a medium width foot, medium arches, and a rather pronounced heel spur. The fit is perfect. This is the first pair of mountain boots that has not given me heel blisters on big mountaineering routes.

I highly recommend this boot for Spring/Summer mountaineering routes in the lower 48 with the exception of Raineer. It's the perfect light weight climbing boot that honestly most people would be better off owning over a stiffer mountain boot.

Car-to-Summit Champion
Unanswered Question

There might be something wrong with sizing of these boots. I first bought a pair of older model of this boots (the ones with several red details). At size 10.5, they might be a bit too big for me, so I decided to try size 10. For that size, there was only the new model (in pewter/emerald color). When it arrived, it turned out that the two pair are of exactly the same size! The labels on the boots say 10.5 and 10 respectively, but both the sole size and feeling them on the feet is the same. The actual size of both pairs seems to be closer to 10.5.

5 5

Good boots for the Price and Versitile

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: 10.5

I'm on my second pair of these boots now. Bought the first set used at an REI gear sale because they accepted crampons and I was heading up to Rainier. Summited the mountain with them and hiked a bunch of sub-alpine stuff as well. Didn't try any steep ice and the mid cut might not be rigid enough for it. They have lasted 9 months out here in Hawaii which is actually a really good shelf life still rocking them but they are cooked because I am a back-country biologist out here and pretty much hike on volcanic scree exclusively. They outlasted my Asolo's by a few months already and this was a previously used pair. I support em! Also lighter weight than most of my previous hiking boots specifically the Asolo Tps 520's.

Good boots for the Price and Versitile

Is this primarily a stiff soled climbing boot that does well on approaches, or a burly backpacking boot that also climbs well?

Best Answer

Burly Backpacking boot that climbs well. In warmer climates you could get away with putting a crampon on this thing and approaching a climb or walking on a glacier.

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