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Bag summer summits left and right with the Raven in your arsenal.

Ascend menacing peaks via winding ridges with the lightweight support of the Salewa Footwear Raven Combi GTX Boot. This rock-oriented mountaineering boot is equipped with a waterproof breathable Gore-Tex liner to prevent moisture of any kind from grounding your summit attempt.
  • Vibram Mulaz rubber outsole grips rocky escarpments and edges footholds for more technical ascents
  • 3D Lacing system locks laces in place, creating three separate tension zones for a custom fit and precision footing
  • Salewa ‘Y’ steel wire integrated into the 3D Lacing system tightens the whole boot, locking the heel in place
  • 3F Power System provides you with a magic dose of flexibility and ankle support
  • Rubber midsole cushions your heavy, pack-loaded steps
  • TPU heel insert allows compatibility with semi-automatic crampons

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What kind of crampons work with these...

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What kind of crampons work with these boots?

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Comfortable Boots - Dry Feet

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

I have had a number of different hiking boots over the years and have always had foot problems where my heal tends to slip/rub and I get blisters on the back of my heals. I have tried various lacing techniques from knots in various places to get the right tightness in the right spot and in the end I rely on the ultimate fix: duck tape the heel of my foot before I go out.
I must confess that I have been a Gore-tex MountainTech product tester for several years which means I have tested a lot of gear. However, I tried to get my 5 year old Garmot Towers to work with new insoles and fancy lacing but I was going on a Mt Baker trip and fed-up fussing about with my old boots. I know that boots are a very personal thing and they can have great reviews but if they don't fit your feet then it doesn't matter. Two weeks before Mt Baker I broke-down and tried numerous boots and spent hours in stores clunking around. Then I tried the Raven Combi and the first thing that I noticed was how light they were and the second was comfort. My feet don't usually get cold so I thought that for summer snow hiking that I'd be okay in a non-insulated boot. Two week later I was on Mt Baker after only wearing the boots indoors working at the computer (home office). No problems on Mt Baker or Mt Adams (both Washington state). On Mt Baker the snow was still soft so I was typically in snow above my ankles (sometimes up to my knees). Yes I wore gaitors and crampons. We did creek crossings. My feet stayed dry, warm and comfortable. For Mt Adams I added a pair of superfeet insoles as the standard insoles are a little thin. I find that there was not a lot of volume to add a high-volume insole inside the boot but my feet felt a little more comfortable at the end of Mt Adams. Within a month I put 15,000 feet of elevation gain and approximately 30 miles on these boots. No tape, no blisters! I love the built-in lace adjusters so that you can have 3 different zones for lace tightness .

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Fits like a dream

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been hiking in the previous generation Scarpa Charmoz for a couple of years now. Really like those boots. Maybe a little narrow. They are looking pretty fuzzy in the woven material panels, so I started to shop for new boots. I tried the new (current) model Charmoz and was really disappointed that they totally made the ankle floppy and soft. Wider forefoot, yes, but ruined the ankle support. Lame. Tried the La Sportiva Trango S, but those also had super soft ankle uppers. Bleh. Fine for hiking the flats, but terrible on long, steep, grassy traverses here in coastal AK for alpine approaches. I tried the Salewa Repace GTX boots, but those are like light hikers. Too low and funky fit. I tried the new TNF S4K and those were too awful to even mention as they tried to chop my foot in half with their lame upper flex profile. Total fail. Somewhere in there I got a pair of the Salewa Ravens and WOW, in love again...

The Ravens have a reasonably wide forefoot so no pinching. A 3/4 shank and just enough flex ahead of the metatarsals for decent walking but still enough support for climbing steep stuff. I don't really care for the Vibram Mulaz soles, but all boots in this category seem to sport that tread. Oh well. Plenty of lacing hardware so you can cinch them down nice and even with no lace pressure and enough tongue padding for lots of happy miles. Durable uppers and great ankle support for odd and steep terrain where you can't always see your feet. I have about 100 miles on them now and they just fit better on every outing. I got my standard size (11.5) and they seem to be right on target size-wise. The performance is very similar to my old Charmoz boots but with a slighly wider toe box and mid-to-forefoot. Nice. A little heavier though, but not much. Overall a great off-trail trekking and light alpine boot. Stoked on the fit and finish so far.

Fits like a dream

Should I size up a 1/2 size? I wear a 10...

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Should I size up a 1/2 size? I wear a 10 1/2 in my everyday street shoes and 10 in my rock shoes. Should I go with an 11 for a mountaineering boot or stick with the 10 1/2?

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Whether you size up or not will depend on where you will be taking these boots and when. This is on the lighter end of the mountain boot spectrum. I also want to preface my answer by saying my experience is with La Sportiva, Koflach and Scarpa, so you may want to take this with a grain of salt.
If you'll be using these in warmer conditions and will not be slogging through wet snow, you MAY be fine with a 10.5.
If you have your sights set on Cascade Volcanoes or similar snowy glaciated objectives, size up to 11 to accomodate heavier socks, and possibly consider a heavier boot. Your feet may get cold during periods of low activity.

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I bought these, wear a 10.5, and sized up to an 11. I have used them for snow shoeing, some ice climbing, and winter mountaineering so the half size gives my toes some extra space for socks and kick. I have used them once in the summer (I got them last August) and they were a little warm with the neoprene cuff. I could have worn a lighter sock. They have been great in the winter. They have converted me to Salewa for sure. One caution; I bought a pair of superfeet for these. The foot bed is pretty hard and the insole that came with them was minimal. Otherwise, love these all around boots.

I have had these boots for a few months...

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I have had these boots for a few months and they have been very comfortable out of the box. However I am beginning to have some problems with the boot. Unfortunatly I am in Europe for a couple months and am stuck with this boot for a bit...I am considering getting the Salewa Condor (leather version of this boot only available in Europe), but first I wanted to see if anyone has had similar issues with this boot here are the problems:
1. The rubber on the "climbing zone" of the sole is wearing out incredibly quickly and is half the thickness it was when I bought the boot.
2. The rubber rand that wraps around the side of the boot is beginning to peal off in places.
3. The lower lace guides that pinch the laces have been bent and do not securely hold the laces. This made my last hike (a 24 mile day with 7,300 feet of gain to Moldoveanu, highpoint of Romania) quite uncomfortable.
4. A couple of the treads on the sole have come off and more appear to be tearing away.

Thanks in advance!

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Without seeing the boots, it sounds like it should be under warranty. If you are near Bolzano (north Italy), you could visit the Salewa HQ and they will take care of your concerns. The Condor will be available in the US next spring (2013).

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Here is a look at the bent lace guide (one of four).

Here is a look at the bent lace guide (one of four).
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Here is a look at a the rubber being torn off the sole (one of a few). I did not take pictures of the peeling rand because that may make it worse I think. I have done about 70 miles in these boots I think. I am in the Czech Republic...I just noticed that these boots are made in Romania, and I just left there this afternoon. What do you make of these images? My thought is that the toe wear may not be fixable. I have never had that problem with a boot, but I have been kicking miles of steps in deep snow in the Tatras...perhaps the Vibram Teton sole would be better for me since it is a deeper tread? Thanks.

Here is a look at a the rubber being torn off the sole (one of a few). I did not take pictures of the peeling rand because that may make it worse I think. I have done about 70 miles in these boots I think. I am in the Czech Republic...I just noticed that these boots are made in Romania, and I just left there this afternoon. What do you make of these images? My thought is that the toe wear may not be fixable. I have never had that problem with a boot, but I have been kicking miles of steps in deep snow in the Tatras...perhaps the Vibram Teton sole would be better for me since it is a deeper tread? Thanks.

Do these boots take a step-in crampon?...

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Do these boots take a step-in crampon? I've got BD Sabretooth- looks like this boot doesn't have a front ledge.

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No' this boots do not have a doesn't have a front ledge

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I had to get a new pair of crampons for this boot since they dont have the front wire.

I'm looking for a hybrid boot for a spring...

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I'm looking for a hybrid boot for a spring climb of Mt. Washington, summer Rainier and December Inca Trail excursion to Machu Picchu. I've looked at a number of models from La Sportiva, but the Raven seems to fit the bill a bit better - maybe with an overboot for Rainier.

Any help/thoughts would be appreciated.

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Check out the Scarpa Triolet Pro. It's a mountaineering boot that'll keep your feet warm enough on Washington and Rainier if you wear thick socks (I personally love the Lorpen Expedition socks), and it's flexible enough to be comfortable in Peru. No insulated boot you'll find will be comfortable enough to walk in for a long time on the Inca trail. Overboots would work well too with the Scarpa. Look for a boot with a 3/4 length shank, that way it'll flex with you foot when you walk, but still offer support for climbing.

My wife and i just started a glacier...

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My wife and i just started a glacier climbing course. This boot fit both her and I very well. Will this boot work well for spring/summer climbing of mt st helens, adams, baker, shasta and Rainier?

We both want something we can wear on the approach and whole climb. Another concern is if this will be warm enough for her, she's generally cold. Im thinking about pairing it with the First Ascent Super.Heavyweight Summit Socks for her.

What do you think?

Thanks!

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The Raven is a great boot for your spring/summer goals. It will be plenty warm enough, especially if paired with a gaiter. Be careful of extra-thick socks. They may compromise the fit and end up making her feet colder or promote hot spots. Only drawback to summer glacier travel would be truly wet sloppy conditions. Nothing beats a plastic boot for that.

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BEST BOOTS I'VE EVER OWNED

PURCHASED THESE BOOTS IN MARCH 2011 AND WENT STRAIT TO TRAINING. GREAT SUPPORT NOT EVEN A HINT OF A HOT SPOT. I RUN WARM AND USE THESE AS MY ALL AROUND BOOTS. NO ISSUES SNOWSHOEING AT -20. A DOZEN PEAKS AND CLOSE TO 500,000 OUT DOOR STADIUM STAIRS STILL LOOK AND FEEL LIKE NEW.

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Very nice boot, not for everyone...

This is a beautifully made, very lightweight boot. It has a nice rocker feel in the step, great stiffness, and fits that rare in-between category for those who don't ice climb or go vertical on ice, but need a good winter mountaineering/backpacking boot. I loved the toe box fit, the overall feeling, and the construction. However, there was one MAJOR problem for me and that's why I am writing this review - if you have wide calf area, or your calf extends down farther than the average person on your leg, these boots will hurt you. Look at the stitching in the photo, on top of the neoprene skirt at the top rear of the boot. That stitching does not stretch. It bites into a large calf with every step, causing serious pain. I imagine this will not happen to most people who have thinner lower leg/calf area, I haven't heard of most people having issues. Unfortunately this kills the boot for me, and I had to return it. I'll be ordering the rapace GTX boot instead, since it has no stitched neoprene to bite into my leg.

Do these have a full shank? Also would...

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Do these have a full shank? Also would these boots be any good for ice climbing?

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aweome for ice climbing

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I haven't seen anywhere on-line that is recommending them for ice-climbing, but that could be because they aren't an insulated boot. So to confirm, these boots ARE stiff enough for ice-climbing? Do they have a full shank, or a 3/4 shank? Have you actually ice climbed in theses boots?

I am looking for a mountaineering boot...

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I am looking for a mountaineering boot that can serve as my only boot essentially. I live in Colorado and climb year round. I want something that will be decent on rock, but also warm enough for winter. Some people I have talked to recommend this boot as able to get through anything in the lower 48, others say not enough insulation for winter mountaineering.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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If you have reasonably warm feet, this is great for winter day climbing in CO, but may be too cold for expedition or multi-day use.

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Yes, it will be fine. What you want to do is just get some quality overboots or boot covers. 40 Below has a great selection of lightweights. Try Whittaker Mountaineering.

I've also used Pearl Izumi cycling shoe covers because they are cheaper. But if you do that, make sure you get a couple sizes too large and TRY THEM ON because cycling shoe cover sizes are uber-tight. You won't be able to get them on and off in the cold unless you can get them on and off easily in the store. I like cycling shoe covers though because they are only ankle-high, and sometimes that's what I want. I also don't feel so bad about wrecking a pair.

does anyone know where you can buy the...

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does anyone know where you can buy the wider width

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Your best bet will be a euro website or a trip over the pond. The wides are not coming into North America at this point.

Some descriptions say this boot is insulated....

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Some descriptions say this boot is insulated. Is that true? If so, anyone know what it is? Trying to see if this would suffice for winter camping in the Adirondacks (+20 to -10 degrees).

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John, Probably not insulated enough for your use. Fine for winter day use where you are moving/climbing, but not warm enough for winter camping in those temps.

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Awesome

This is a awesome boot . It has the best heel that i have ever had in a boot. I have been a avid user of Lasportiva boots and will still use but this boot has them beat. I have used for the Past 7 months with some long hikes always packing any where from 25 to 75 lbs. No blisters to speak of. I love the room in the toe box it has ample room to wear a heavy sock when needed and not feel tight and lose circulation.
All my hikes have been at high elavation between 9000 and 12000 ft and steep. The only thing were my sportivas excell is the support in the ankle. But this boot is not to bad that i couldn't pack a full load weighing 75 lbs and my ankles not hurt.

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Have you done any cold weather trips in these boots?

Going to be walking over 2,000 miles across...

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Going to be walking over 2,000 miles across the appalachian trail what is the best shoe to get for the extensive walk and weather changes that will last the whole trail

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The Raven is an awesome boot, but it is probably not the right tool for the job. You should check out the Salewa Mtn Trainer Mid or Alp Trainer Mid. Also, the low versions of these shoes would work if you are traveling with a lighter pack and/or have solid ankles. In either mid or low, I would lean toward the Alp Trainer-lighter weight, but still burly enough.
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