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    360-degrees of breathability.

    Featuring Gore-Tex Surround technology, the Salewa Men's Alp Flow Mid GTX Hiking Boots provide your feet with 360-degrees of breathability for total comfort on the trail. Without compromising waterproof protection, Gore-Tex Surround technology places a laminated Gore-Tex membrane at the sole of your feet. Vented through ballistic mesh air ports at either side of the boot, your feet will be able to breathe out there on the trail. This results in drier and more comfortable feet.

    The uppers of the boots are composed of nubuck leather with ballistic mesh at the tongue and sides. A protective rubber rand at the toe and heel protect the boots against rocks and stumps you'll inevitably run up against while on the trail. Their climbing-style lace closure runs to the tips of the toes, ensuring a precise fit. The boots are built on durable Vibram soles, which have an aggressive tread pattern designed for on and off trail hiking.

    • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane
    • Nubuck leather upper with ballistic mesh
    • Protective rand at toe and heel
    • Climbing-style lace closure
    • 3F support system
    • Gore-Tex surround midsole
    • Vibram Hike Approach sole
    • Item #SFW001S

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    ballistic mesh, 1.6mm nubuck
    Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
    climbing-style lace
    Gore-Tex Surround
    Vibram Hike Approach
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 5 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Not sturdy or dry

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    Reviewer info for reference - avid hiker and backpacker with fairly dry feet that tolerate Gore-tex footwear well

    I have returned 2 pairs because both let water in. The first pair seemed to have a Gore-tex liner fail in the heel while section hiking the AT. The boots had 50+ "dry" miles on them before the AT. The second pair ripped on the inside of both shoes near the bottom in the "mesh" where the forefoot constantly bends. These vertical rips allowed water to flow between the outside fabric of the shoe and the Gore-tex liner, keeping the shoe damp and not letting my feet breath as designed. This pair had 100+ miles on them.

    My other impressions are that they are very comfortable, but not with a 40+ lb pack over rough terrain. These are are light hikers with great ankle support and lacing that don't dry quickly even when they don't fail.

    Backcountry has a 2 year warranty with Salewa on these boots, so I have been fortunate that both pairs failed within that window. However, I didn't expect to have to use that feature on a boot at this price point.

    To Small

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 12 R

    I wear size 12 R and that is what I ordered. They run small. There's not enough room in the toe box. I should have ordered size 13. My feet are sore after hiking. I will not buy another pair.

    Keep them dry

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12

    After spending 9 days in a very wet Idaho backcountry camp, I can tell you absolutely, these boots will NOT keep your feet dry!After wearing for 3 days they starting leaking and became about as waterproof as canvas sneekers,the last 6 days of our trip was spent with soaked cold feet. Do not purchase this boot for extended wet condictions, you have been warned.

    A Boot That Actually Breathes

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43

    I have stayed away from boots for the last few years as they are pretty heavy, and cannot breathe enough for use in really warm climates like a desert. The ALP Flow defies previous assumptions/thoughts about boots.

    I used them for a few days in the desert, temps were in the 70's. Not really hot but, not cool either, we were sweating walking. You can actually feel the extra breathability you get with the Gore-Tex Surround feature, its not just a marketing gimmick. Using them in those temps my feet were a comfortable temp all day.

    Ive had the opportunity to demo a lot of boots and these would fall into the lighter end of the spectrum. I didnt feel like they were clunky at all. They are not stiff but, they are not meant to be. Not a great boot for backpacking with a lot of weight but, if you need the ankle support/guard from the mid to use on hikes without a lot of weight they are perfect. I cannot really speak to the durability of these, only got to use them a few times but, I cant imagine they would fall apart. With footwear I have found they either fall apart the first few times of use or last for years.

    If you have read some of my other Salewa reviews, I will say I always thought they were for narrow feet. Some of their footwear is but, not the Alp Flow. These are not narrow by any means but, not wide, they fit me perfect out of the box. I am almost always a 43 and got the same size in these.

    If you need a boot for hiking or light backpacking this one fits the bill! Its breathes really well, so avoids moisture build up from the inside and the Gore-Tex blocks it from the outside as well. Really pleased with Salewa's new line up this Spring. They have a lot of SKU's all with little differences so if you have questions about Salewa or other brands please reach out.

    Bill Porreca


    A Boot That Actually Breathes

    Size 13

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 12

    I got a chance to try these on at a brick and mortar store and wanted to give feedback on size 13. I normally wear a 13. For reference, I have Lowa Focus GTX mids, and Lowa Rengade lows in 13 that fit excellent, and a 13 in the Sportiva Boulder X is snug. When I tried on the Alp Flow's in 13 they were too long and too wide, just too big overall. I tried on the size 12 and found them to be perfect in length and width. That's it, hope it helps someone out. I tried these out on a fake rock formation in the store, and I was surprised how flexible the sole is for a boot with Alp in the name, for comparison, the Boulder X is much stiffer in the front half of the shoe. I couldn't edge or toe in very well compared to stiffer soled boots. I would guess that it would make them more comfortable hiking, and less likely to rub your heel. Does anyone know if the Alpine Trainer has a stiffer sole, or is it the same?

    Great light/mid hikers and daily wear...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    I wear some type of hiking boots daily at work as my job as Paramedic in the Rocky Mountains. These have become my go to warm weather boots. My feet sweat, and these breath so, so well in the dry mountain air. They are not nearly as stiff and supportive as my boots (Asolo Fugitives) that I wear for work, but as long as I'm not out with a heavy pack, they do great.

    They move air so well, when I have lighter wool socks on, I can feel the cool air moving in... seriously. Well worth looking at for a new set of boots.

    Ankles Aren't So Happy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    This are very attractive boots at a nice price point. But, they are really more like sneakers than they appear in the pictures. The construction is such that it is really impossible to obtain the kind of ankle support needed for general hiking in the Adirondacks or the AT in the mid-Atlantic region. The second problem is that the rand . . . especially on the instep is too insubstantial to protect the foot from rock. These are comfortable, good looking and nice for posing. In a pinch, they could be used for light hiking on easy terrain.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    Bought these boots based upon the Backpacker gear review and some experience with Salewa boots while living in Europe. Out of the box the sizing was right for my feet. They feel more like hiking in tennis shoes than alpine boots. Took them on a 12 mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park with no break -in. They are the best hiking boots I have worn in 10 years. Three weeks later I did 120km in 6 days hiking the Camino in Spain. Not one blister and the kept me dry in the driving rain and through streams. Feet were always dry and never hot. If you don't like the boots you have now buy these!

    Great for dryer weather, Light!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8.5

    Very lightweight and they keep your foot temperatures well regulated. They grip great on rock, trail, tundra, and loose terrain, BUT they lack grip once the soles get wet. Slippery in the mud(which they don't shed well), very slippery on wet rock and extra slippery on roots.

    The Gore-tex Surround performs well at keeping the water out. Once the uppers(not the sole) get wet, they take an extremely long time to dry, which causes the Gore-tex to eventually(after 8 or so hours, which is impressive) wet through into the boots.

    Took them out on a 3 day backpacking trip, with constant low clouds and mist, making for wet travel. Once in the hut, the other campers set their boots to dry and by morning their leather boots were damp-to-dry, while these were still sopping wet. Actually, it's been a full 24 hours inside my house and they are STILL sopping wet.

    The Alp Flows fit snug like a climbing shoe and don't allow for any extra movement inside the boot. Very comfortable and flexible and have plenty of protection for scree and other higher alpine sharp rocks. I only got one hot spot on my heel during break in after 4 hours of steep trail.

    This may sound like a bad review, but in reality, these are fantastic boots for everything except very wet conditions. Comfortable, light, and they look great too. Just don't get them if you're not sure footed enough to overcome the only downfall, wet weather grip.

    Rich K

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    Ok, I took a chance after reading the reviews here and bought a pair as they were said to have wider fit and bigger toes box. I took a chance as I was desperate for new boots. I am so far impressed with these boots as I needed them to fit true and not cause hammer toes. I think I found what I was looking for in these boots. <br ></article><br />I literly through them on the day of 15 mile hike as I had no other options. (Old boots died a week before). After hiking hiking the great range of the Adirondaks my feet had no blister or Hammer toes. So far I am impressed with these boots. The terrain was muddy and rocky the vibrum sole handle the conditions outstandingly. <br /><br />My initial review is they are great set of boots as it fit right out of the box. I am always worried about buying shoes on line as there is no way to prefit them time it worked for me! I am so far happy with them. I try write another review with few more mile on them if thing change.<br /><br />A quick add on to the review: I exhibit none of the problem of other reviewers above.

    High Hopes, Low Delivery

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    Loved the looks of the boots, was all into the venting tech so I grabbed a pair. Fit was alright out of the box not great, but hey I'd give em a shot.

    Took them out for a 6 mile stroll through the woods after wearing them around the house for a few day. After 3 miles I had to take them off and wrap my feet in tape for about 6 hot spots that began to form.

    Heel feels like its square in shape with zero support for the Achilles, huge blisters on the tops of both sets of toes from the crease in the boot, and to top it all off my feet were just as sweaty as my North Face Hedgehog GTX. Washed them the next day to return them, took over 48 hours for the leather uppers to dry.

    If they fit your feet then they seem like a solid boot, but it was torture for mine.

    Not Blister free

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11

    So I heard great things about Salewa boots. A few people I worked with had a set and said they were awesome. Talked to a few store reps and heard the same thing and they kept going on and on about them being 100% blister free. I am training and getting ready to hit the JMT in early July so I purchased these boots with super high expectations and excitement. The day they came in I showed them off like a proud new father. That night I decided to walk 6-7 miles around in my neighborhood golf course in them and I immediately noticed a pinching on my right pinky toe. About mile 5 I felt my left heal rubbing against the boot at mile 5 and half I took the boots home and walked a mile back in my socks.

    I thought maybe my socks were the problem so I went out again with a performance sock. Same issue, then switched to a thick wool sock and could still feel the discomfort of the boot. It didn't give me a blister but I know I would have one on the trail doing 16 miles a day. So here I am shipping these back with a sadden heart and now in need of a new pair of boots.

    My friend did find a review on these boots that said 1 in 7 people experience a blister on the heel. So I guess I am the 1 in 7.

    I think the fit of these boots is a bit strange. I had a pair size 9.0 (I am 5'5" generally a size 41.5 EU) and they felt slightly too large on my right foot, but perfect on my left. I had these boots for about a week (walked to and from work ~1mi each way for 5 days) before returning them to REI (used my annual on them with the 20% off code too)

    The weirdness in the right foot consisted of a pinching of the upper material to where the bend is between the big toe and the foot where the most flex in the boot is. This material kept constantly pushing against my foot as it flexed inwards rather than smoothly like most shoes do, but this may have been due to a half size too large for my right foot.

    So Andrew, you are not alone in feeling that these boots are not the most comfortable out of the box. I look forward to hearing your impressions after more extensive use, and maybe if the price was right, this could be a more optimal purchase.


    I sent mine back and got the Solomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boot and Im in love with it. Super comfy. Ive put in 20 miles in them if not more and no blisters, comfy, light feel durable. They do get a bit hot but Ill put up with that over a blistered heel and a pinched toe.

    Approach shoe comfortModerate Support

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    I purchased these boots due to the new "gore-tex extended comfort" technology with intentions of 50+ pound packs on multi day backpacking trips. I wear a 12 shoe size and I tried a 11.5 and 12 on in the store and there was quite a bit of size difference between the 11.5 and 12. The 12 was too long (thumb AND finger past big toe) and the 11.5 was just right (running shoe fit). Out of the box the width was snug on the 11.5 and plenty of room on the 12. I purchased the 11.5. I wore them on a day hike and they were comfortable for the task but in the end were not up to the task for what I had intended to use them for. They didn't have the ankle stiffness I was looking for and the sole was soft (I could feel the rocks/trail through the sole more than I wanted for a backpacking boot). I have hot feet and I was hoping this boot would be the new technology I was looking for to help with the sweating; but I might not be the best candidate for that part of the review. For me it seemed that around the foot, where the mechanical venting is, my foot was dryer than normal but the toe and heel were both very wet (toe/heel are plastic). So for me, ultimately its back to finding the correct boot for the job and under the mentality that I WON"T find a breathable backpacking boot and will resort back to multiple socks and hand warmer packs to dry the boots out at night. I don't want to down play this boot, it is a good boot for the scrambling/lightly loaded trail user with approach shoe comfort/custom lacing and light/midweight ankle support. The Sole is super grippy Vibram and the construction was top notch. If I was going to buy these for the task they were probably designed for I would buy the 12 for the extra width and just lace accordingly as I wouldn't need the firm backpacking fit. One negative I noticed is that there isn't any padding in the heel, only a fabric covering the plastic heel cup and my heels were warm and starting to wear a blister at the end of my hike (other reviews for different models reported this as well). So a liner sock would be needed with your regular sock to combat that. I ended up returning them. Hope this helps others.

    from your initial impressions, do you think it would work well for long distance/low adventure usage? and do you think these would work well enough in light snowy / moderately consistent wet conditions to keep you warm and dry (aside from the heel/toe moisture build you mentioned)?