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    15 Reviews


    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
    • Item #SFW001I

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Cordura, 360-degree rubber rand, Nubuck leather
    Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
    climbing-style lace
    Multi Fit
    mid-stiff nylon
    Vibram Mulaz
    mountaineering boot
    Crampon Compatibility
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 6.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    mountaineering, trekking, travel, via ferrata, alpine & expedition
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Check size!!!!

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size

    Polite notice that REI specifies UK sizing, as does Selewa themselves... but Backcountry (logically) ships your requested US size. Fine, just needs a return as I was expecting something bigger.

    This is a brilliant boot, I've had it before and they are perfect for technical trekking, mixed climbing, scrambling. A perfect boot for the Pacific NW.

    great for off trail work

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    I'm a sedimentary geologist who spends a lot of time off trail mapping field areas. I picked up a pair of these boots before heading out to the mountains around Death Valley to map in primarily Dolomites and quartzite (I.e. very sharp rocks). These boots have a pretty sturdy construction. The full rand border provides excellent coverage against sharp rocks and desert brush. Their weight is excellent for how tough the boot is. The ankle support felt a bit more flexible laterally than my old pair of Asolo powermatics but still present. I did not break in these boots before the trip and while the first day or two the boot's soles were pretty stiff, the excellent heel hold and snug fit prevented the usual blisters from forming. That same snug fit provided a feeling of security while scrambling up steep slopes and bare rock. The bases are heavily lugged with a great nose and climbing zone for edging. These features in combination with the somewhat tacky Vibram sole would make these boots an excellent choice for mountaineering with mild 5th class exposures. These soles did see some abuse over the week long trip. A bit more than I would have liked to have seen, but they can be resoled. The laces are hard to slide through the leather loops but provide an ability for customization in fit. With some more wear in the leather this should become a non-issue. The laces are a bit exposed in the toe to sharp rocks, etc. and I did notice some wear after little use. This likely occurred while kicking in steps in loose rocky soil which may not be a concern for all purchasers. The fit is overall pretty wide, but their unique insole provides different fits to take up volume both vertically and laterally. I use super feet so I can't speak much about how well the insoles work. These boots tend to run a bit big I would say, compared to Asolo and La Sportiva. I bought a size true to my foot size and felt there was enough toe room left for a comfortable fit(something that is not true with the other two brands). Using these boots in combination with crampons should only be limited to summer adventures. These boots are not very insulated, actually not insulated at all. The sub-zero temps in the desert often lead to cold toes. I imagine numb toes would be inevitable once these boots get wet using crampons. While the sole is concerning, I look forward to wearing these boots for many more trips into the mountains.

    Holy S***

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Larrrge

    I bought these boots a week ago and i'm extremely impressed.
    I took them out for a spin, and decided to really test them out. I ran up and down a mountain. Everything from mud, wet roots, jagged rocks, minor scrambling and climbing, aswell as very steep scree. I ran as fast as i could, slowly giving more and more trust to these lightweight, ultra grippy, waterproof/breatheable everything boots.
    When i got to the bottom it was dark amd i realised that id been putting too much focus on having fun, instead of remembering what paths i took. I ended up jogging for about 5 km along the road back to my car. (In the boots)
    No blisters, no sore feet, no sweaty feet.

    They are the best boots ive ever had.
    Dont whine about the price, just buy them and you will thank me.

    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.

    Car-to-Summit Champion

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

    Great review. My intended purpose would be exactly the same - shoulder season mountaineering in the Sierra. Something that approaches well, climbs rock well, but can also work with my semi-auto crampons for couloir climbing.

    What is the longest you have approached in these and were they comfortable? Have you used them for summer class 3/4 in the Sierra? Something like East Ridge of Russle? Or would they sweat too much?

    Good boots for the Price and Versitile

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

    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.

    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

    Comfortable, warm boots

    • 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

    light as a feather

    • 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.

    Excellent boots

    • 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

    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.

      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!
        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.

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