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Salewa Rapace GTX Boot - Women's

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    10 Reviews


    Let the Rapace set the pace.

    Hailing from a rich heritage of mountain-specific footwear, the Salewa Women's Rapace GTX Mountaineering Boot uses innovative design, a women-specific fit, and waterproof, breathable performance to give you everything you need to explore big alpine terrain. While trails are nice, oftentimes the most breathtaking sights aren't right off the trail, and will more than likely require some scrambling and off-trail travel—this is where the Rapace really shines. Its wear-resistant nubuck upper readily resists wear and tear and is reinforced with a full-wrap rubber rand to protect against abrasive granite slabs. A Gore-Tex membrane bucks moisture, while also providing a high level of breathability for those really hot days. The mid-stiff insole gives you the stable platform needed to work up exposed sections of trail safely, while the Vibram Mulaz sole is crampon compatible when you need to navigate a section of glacial ice.  

    • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane
    • Nubuck and cordura upper
    • 360-degree full rubber rand
    • 3F System EVO ankle support
    • Mid-stiff nylon, fiberglass insole
    • MFF+ multi-fit footbed
    • Cleansport NXT permanent odor control
    • Vibram Mulaz sole
    • Item #SFW001J

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    360-degree rubber rand, 1.6mm Nubuk leather
    Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
    Removable Liner
    MFF+ insole (Multi Fit Footbed)
    3S System Combi (triple density microporous rubber)
    Vibram Mulaz
    mountaineering boot
    Crampon Compatibility
    strap-on, hybrid
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 2.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, mountaineering, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    Finally found the boots I need!

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

    I am so happy to have found these boots! I've always needed 'hardcore' off-trail boots that can take a serious beating but feel comfortable and light. I've finally found them! Somehow these boots manage to have a very rigid sole suitable for snow/crampon use and edging into steep, slippery terrain while maintaining a comfortable and flexible upper. I love the feel of a "real bite" when I step into vegetation or loose dirt but also appreciate the ease of motion and comfort when walking over rock slabs or boulders. These boots are also comfortable enough for walking on hard surfaces such as roads and well-formed trails if needed although this isn't what they've been designed for.

    In summary - a GREAT all-around boot for the off-trail mountain enthusiast who works boots hard in challenging terrain. Fitting enough to the foot to provide stability and sure-stepping on narrow rock ledges with exposure while also being hefty enough to deal with long trips over demanding surfaces. Everything I need!

    More than I could ask for!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 7.5

    These boots were comfortable from day 1 (which concerned me slightly) but as they break in, they just keep getting better. Pretty stiff and excellent for stability and some technical applications, but also flexible enough to be comfortable on easy hikes.

    They are very waterproof up to the tongue -- but the upper laces will infiltrate water at the tongue seam if its fully submerged, so gaiters recommended if you'll have to cross water above low ankle depth.

    Very warm for what they are - I wouldn't necessarily do any serious winter mountaineering adventures in them but then again my feet get cold in all winter applications.

    Ok boot.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    Had these for about 3 years now. First trip, I had the worst blisters of my life, so have generally had to preventively tape them ever since whereas I haven't had that problem with other boots. My feet are cold with these unless during summer. Not waterproof anymore. But do like that they are lightweight. The fit seemed kind of tight, so perhaps I should have gotten a bigger size.


    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I think the review below sums this up. These boots are nice in theory, but they are really too light/flexible for mountaineering and a little too stiff for hiking. I haven't given them a good overall test, but that was my initial impression. I am still on the look out for something similar to this that would be more of a summer mountaineering boot.

    Nice but Niche

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I spend a lot of time between June and September backpacking and mountaineering in the Oregon Cascades so I wanted a boot that was more durable and technical than a standard hiking boot but lighter than a full-blown mountaineering boot. I settled on a pair of the Rapace and they get the job done, but they're not quite as versatile as I had hoped.

    They're too light to use in the mountains during winter or spring and won't keep your feet warm enough in low temperatures or while trudging through deep snow. At the same time they're a bit too stiff to be comfortable when you're backpacking on trail, particularly if you're doing big mileage for several days.

    They are perfect for summer mountaineering when you have a shorter approach and are traveling up rocky summits or through smaller snow-fields. Good mixture of lightness and support.

    A different animal!

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

    This boot is so different from my old mountaineering boots! They are so light, you can't believe they are on your feet. The fit is perfect for my more narrow-medium type foot; and I love the flex in the toe box. Without that, my achilles act up. I need that flex and the Rapace provides it. In addition, the boots snug up nicely around my midfoot with a superior lacing system. And somehow, those ankle support cables, they really work well! They support the ankle without making the foot feel like it is trapped in a cage: i.e. the ankle is free to flex where it wants. I love this boot! I've been using it for mountaineering and hiking.

    Great Boot.

      I just received my Rapace boots and gave them a whirl on a steep ridge loop in the Rockies. They are sooooooo light! And the lacing allows a snug fit throughout. I liked the ankle support and 3/4 shank. The ankle support allowed me to flex thoroughly at the ankle, while it protected my ankle. And the shank allowed some flex which I really need to avoid achilles problems. The shock absorption was good as well. The size 10 boot fit my size 10 feet perfectly. I love this boot and can't wait to get in them again!

      Sad to send them back

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

      These boots were lightweight, comfortable and fit quite well. After four climbs in them this summer I have found them to not be waterproof as the description claims, "Gore-Tex membrane is guaranteed waterproof and breathable for meeting all the demands of mountaineering, no matter the season" Joan covers it well in her review "the leather absorbed and held water" unfortunately my feet did not stay mostly dry.

      Again, great fit just not the right boot for climbing in the PNW.

      worst quality ever

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

      I really wanted to love this boot. Salewa shoes fit my feet and I very much liked the idea behind this technical but lightweight shoe which would work for hiking and easy alpine tours. I think the design is great. But....I did two easy hikes with them and one 12m hike in the White Mountains, NH. During the latter, the soles of BOTH shoes started to peel off. I couldn't believe my eyes. If I had been on an alpine tour with overnight stays, I would have been screwed. I've heard rumors before that Salewa's quality is not always the best, but I did expect these shoes to last longer than 20 miles. Very sad to send them back, the concept behind this shoe is great.

      worst quality ever

      Versatile Shoe for Alpine Objectives

        I love this shoe! Used it for the first time this weekend on a short hike (7.5 miles) over varied terrain (Class 1 dirt trails, Class 1/2 steepish but easy cross country, Class 2/3 ridge scrambling, and a stream crossing), and they remained comfortable and supportive for the entire time. I bought these to replace my 5.10 Camp Fours on longer dayhikes/approaches and hikes that involve a lot of snow, as I've rolled my ankle the last couple of times out and they aren't waterproof. Here's my synopsis:

        SIZING / FIT:
        True to size. My street shoe size is mainly 6.5, I tried these on in 6.5 and 7.0 and went with the 6.5, and they fit like a glove. No heel slippage and no toe bang. Very minor hot spots on the outside edge of my little toe, but I was only wearing one pair of socks and my feet trend on the wider side. Additionally, there is a variable footbed, so the shoe can be customized based on your sock system (same comfort level with light and medium hiking socks and heavy mountaineering socks with liner).

        * Comfortable - they really fit like a glove.
        * Light - not much heavier than my Camp Fours (subjectively, anyway)
        * Very supportive - the sole is stiff and provided a different experience from the Camp Fours, not as flexible, but definitely more support. Also, I'll have to try to roll my ankle in these.
        * Sticky sole – not as sticky as the Camp Four, but definitely sticky enough and definitely confidence inspiring
        * Great edging – the boot is stiff, so the edging is definitely better than with the Camp Four
        * Waterproof - I forewent a bridge and walked through a shallow stream to test how waterproof these shoes are, the stream was short (~15 feet), but my boots were submerged as far as possible before water would start entering over the top, and my feet stayed dry. And the outer part of the shoe must be treated as well, because they dried immediately.

        * Durability, maybe – I put a 2mm shallow divot into the leather on the left toe while scrambling. During my creek crossing, I could feel the temperature of the water in that area and that was the only part of the boot that did not repel water/dry immediately. Instead, the leather absorbed and held water. Not sure if it was due to the nick I put in the leather. This said, my feet stayed dry.

        * Insulation
        * Snow travel with and without crampons

        Versatile Shoe for Alpine Objectives