Description

Set the pace with the Rapace.

To get above and beyond, you need a boot that does the same. Hailing from a rich heritage of mountain-specific footwear, the Salewa Women's Rapace GTX uses innovative design, a women-specific fit, and waterproof, breathable technology to give you everything you need to reach to peak.

  • 3F triple support system utilizes an encased steel cable to look heel-lift dead in the eye and snuff it out without limiting flex and fit
  • Crampon-compatible design fits strap-on and hybrid-style crampons
  • Gore-Tex membrane is guaranteed waterproof and breathable for meeting all the demands of mountaineering, no matter the season
  • 360 degree rubber rand protection provides support to the foot and prolomgs the life of the boot

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3 5

Light....

  • 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.

4 5

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.

5 5

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.

Responded on

Hi. Mary Ann here again. I'm in my second season of using the Rapace, and just love the lightness of it. However, on one trip I did this summer, a week of glacier travel, the boot was not as waterproof as needed; and also my feet were cold. Of course, this is a summer boot and I will continue to love it and use it in dry weather. But for real wet conditions, I need to find something else that will repel water better. Meanwhile, I am loving the boot for technical mountaineering and I use nothing else but this.

5 5

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!

2 5

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.

1 5

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
5 5

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).

PROS:
* 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.

CONS:
* 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.

REMAINS TO BE SEEN:
* Insulation
* Snow travel with and without crampons

Versatile Shoe for Alpine Objectives