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Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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    All-mountain boots.

    The Salewa Men's Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots combine the lightweight comfort of hikers with the technical features of approach shoes. Their split leather upper maintains a flexible and comfortable feel when you're putting miles of rolling trails beneath them, while their 3F support system locks your heel in place when some extra rigidity is needed in exposed terrain. Climbing-style laces allow the fit of the boot to be customized, and with a Vibram approach sole between your foot and the ground, you can step with confidence when the trail turns slick.

    • Gore-Tex membrane
    • Suede and PU coated leather upper
    • 3F support system
    • Climbing-style laces
    • Multi fit footbed
    • Vibram Hike Approach sole
    • Item #SFW002L

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    PU coated leather, suede
    Waterproofing
    Gore-Tex
    Closure
    climbing-style lace
    Footbed
    MFF+ insole (Multi Fit Footbed)
    Sole
    Vibram Hike Approach
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 3 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    Shoe fit/sizing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9.5
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I have narrow feet and these boots fit me well with the exception that I should have ordered a larger size. I have worn the boots off and on for three years on short hikes with out a single blister or hot spot. I doubt I ever put more than 15 miles on them on any single day. The boots grip rock extremely well as I learned on a hunting safari in South Africa. Because the boots are still in such great condition I am passing them on to my teenage son and buying another pair one full size up for use with heavier hiking socks.

    Strong All Around Boot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I’ve put over 200 miles on these boots in the rocky terrain of the Sierras and some trails in UT. They’ve taken me to the top of Mt. Whitney and a few other 14’ers and have performed great every time. Wet weather and snowy trails are no problem in the Alp Trainer thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane. It allows your feet to breathe when it gets sunny and hot, but also keeps moisture from infiltrating the boot.
    My favorite design aspect is lacing the goes all the way to the toe box. Reminiscent of a climbing/approach shoe, the lace design allows for a custom fit and keeps the toe area taught and supportive. The sole has a specially designed area at the toe for extra grip while climbing and the Vibram sole grips rock extremely well. The sole is super supportive and stiff, even after many miles of hiking.
    My first hike in the boots gave me some heel blisters but once I slipped in the extra foot bed the blister problem ended. I have really put these through the ringer, but I have to say that both boots have tears on the outside right above the sole at the widest part of my foot. It hasn’t yet torn through the Gore-Tex membrane, but I’m sure it’s coming. I think it was hiking through large talus fields in the Sierras that did it.
    I’ve been very happy with the Alp Trainers and I recommend them to anyone who wants to trek in high alpine terrain, or even take a nice walk through the woods. Versatility is key!

    Go-To All-Around Boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 220lbs

    These boots have been a great choice for mixed terrain and weather. The laces run all the way to the toe, allowing for an extremely custom fit. While this does leave room for user error, if you take the time to adjust and test different lacing strategies you will find a fit for every situation. This boot is positioned between Salewa's Firetail and Mountain Trainer boots as a nice happy medium for someone looking to bag a peak every once in a while and take casual hikes in between; I've found them to be exactly that. So far I've put over 50 miles on these and have no complaints...taking them up to Olympic NP for 25 more here in a few weeks and have no doubt they'll perform.

    Like slippers with Vibram

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 13

    Gave it as a gift, and this is what he said: These are a great fit for my narrow feet. They are like slippers with Vibram. A bit too soft for steep, rocky country but I usually wear heavy, stiff boots so they may work for you. Overall, a nice boot.

    Great All Around

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    I bought these as a gift, and here's what he had to say , " Initially I bought this boot because of the rave reviews , and I thought it looked rad, turns out both of those were true! Great all around burly hiking boot, surprisingly lightweight, and looks great to "boot". pun intended :-) "

    1 star for blisters

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    These are cool looking boots with great support and sticky rubber for scrambling. Unfortunately, I can't seem to break these in. A dozen hikes has earned me 8 blisters. Usually they were small and only on my left foot so I pressed on, but today my whole heal was done in a 2000ft climb. Huge blister... I never got blisters before.

    1 star for blisters

    Killer Lightweight Support

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I bought this boot for a backpacking trip in Wyoming last summer, and even though I was only able to wear them around my house for an hour or so before hitting the trail I didn’t suffer from any break-in related discomfort. After 6 days and about 35 miles my feet were still happy and dry, and my ankles were in no worse shape than when I left.

    The sole performed well on rocky, muddy, snowy and wet surfaces. I feel like comfort was not sacrificed in the name of support. They fit true to size, but the toe box seemed a bit narrow.

    I’d definitely recommend these boots for anyone looking for a comfortable hiking/backpacking boot.

    Like 'Em

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    As many other have mentioned, they feel like a sneaker in the forefoot with extra ankle support. Break-in time was minimal. They're pretty narrow and low volume, which works well for me. Pleased thus far.

    A great first impression

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I just started to use these on short to medium hikes and so far I am extremely impressed . I did a lot of research and was looking for adding a more supportive but relatively lightweight hiking boot to my gear closet . I initially looked and tried on the Salewa Evo Firetail. I liked the weight and design of that boot, unfortunately it doesn't work well with a wide foot . The Alp trainers are a little bit heavier but so glad I went with these . They are definitively wider and have great padding around the ankle area . No hotspots so far. I sized up a half size to accommodate a slightly thicker insole and wool hiking socks

    Best ever!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    These boots are without a doubt the very best boots that I have ever owned. I loved these so much that I bought a second pair. They fit perfect right out of the box. Fit was true to size. I have put these boots through the wringer for a week through some very rugged terrain and amazed at just how great they performed. I've never owned a Salewa brand prior to this pair but I plan on being a repeat customer for sure. Great boots. Highly recommend!

    Great right out of the box

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

    I have always been a fan of Salewa footwear. The Alp Trainer Mid GTX just re-enforces that opinion. Extremely comfortable straight out of the box and almost no break in time means you'll be hiking smoothly from step one. I do have fairly narrow feet and the toe box fits me perfectly.

    My Go to Mid Hikers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9
    • Height: 9'10"
    • Weight: 177lbs

    Of all the brands of hiking boots I've owned, Asolo, Lowa, Merrell, Zamberlan and Adidas, among others, I can honestly say that Salewa builds the best boot for my money, comfort and utility. I have 5 pairs of hiking boots and shoes that I will wear ahead of most of the othes in my collection. Perfectly sized, quality materials and construction, rugged and good looking - everything I need in a mid-weight hiker. Get some!

    Great fit and ankle support!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8.5 US men's
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    The toe box felt narrow at first, but hasn't been a problem. I've still got wiggle-room, and didn't have to upsize from my usual 8.5 US men's. It might just be a visual thing, because at first glance, they look narrow, but at 4 months into ownership, I'm happy to report no blisters, and all toe nails still in-tact.

    3 sets of eyelets from the ankle up seemed a little bit like overkill at first, but the added support is a noticeable improvement over the many pair of Vasque boots I've owned over the years. The bottom yellow eyelet has a little built in cord-lock, which allows for different lace tension between feet and ankle which is a real plus!

    Warmth is very good for an non-insulated boot, and breathability is the best of any Gore-Tex or knock-off membrane boot I've owned.

    Traction is very good on every surface I've encountered; snow, ice, slush, water, and mud. They won't make you invincible, but so far the few minor slips I've had have been controllable, and recoverable. The Vibram Hike Approach sole, the boot's last, and the MFF foot bed all combine to make a very comfortable, and supportive package. They even provide a reasonable amount of cushion, without feeling too sneaker-ish.

    The climbing style laces are a nice touch; the weight is good, especially relative to the amount of traction and support, and I like the overall styling, although looking at the treetop green again convinces me I made the right decision ordering the carbon. A younger man might be able to pull off that green, but I would have just embarrassed myself. YMMV

    Perfect

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

    These are great boots, especially for those who prefer hiking shoes to boots. The fit on these is great - very secure for an agile, shoe-like feel. However, they come with the added bonus of ankle height for support and protection, which is great for long treks with a heavy pack and wet/muddy/snowy conditions.
    The tread and sole are provide nice grip for rocky terrain. They were even able to function as approach shoes on the Grand Teton climb I did a couple of summers ago.
    I would highly, highly, highly recommend these boots!

    HIGHLY AND WITHOUT RESERVATION recommend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    My customer wanted me to spread the Salewa cheer, on his behalf. Here is what he has to say:

    For anybody looking to buy Salewa boots, I have always had to go a size up because of the European cut, but they always fit perfect by doing so. I have the last generation Alp Trainer GTX that served me extremely well in Afghanistan through winter and summer, in some of the most unforgiving terrain imaginable.. I would HIGHLY AND WITHOUT RESERVATION recommend Salewa boots/shoes to anybody that is serious about a supportive, comfortable, and hard use boot. I just ordered a replacement pair, today. Thanks for the customer support and keeping great products in stock and fast delivery times.

    fantastic boots

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I'm not much of a boot guy. Always grabbing my trail shoes before boots, however these are quickly making me a believer. They are very comfortable and supportive. For me they also provide just enough insulation for summer/fall use on cold alpine routes in the Tetons and winter trails around the Wasatch. The sole is super grippy in all conditions, and the sole is just stiff enough that I wouldn't hesitate to throw on some light strap on crampons.

    I think these run true to size if not a touch on the small side. If you have wider feet I would probably size up.

    Awesome Quality, Awesome Comfort!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12
    • Height: 6'6"
    • Weight: 205lbs

    Bought a pair of these years ago in Austria which I out grew, but I
    put them through the ringer and they held up perfectly. They are now in the hands of my brother who still uses them. But these are awesome boots! They fit really well and are the most comfortable pair of any type of shoe/boot that I own. Have yet to do any proper hiking in these. But I know they will exceed my expectations! Highly recommended. Only part I was sad about is that I got no Goat sticker. Being from Canada almost no items are allowed to ship here anymore, so that made me sad. And sticker requests internationally are not being worked on hahahaha I've shopped here for 3 years and its always said that.

    Arborist Recommended!

      Great boots, they run accurate on length but the toes are cramped, would order either 1/2 size larger, or go with the wider size to allow room for your toes. The proper size is extremely comfortable and the break in time, I would definitely recommend these boots for anyone that want comfort while hiking in rough terrain and in the trees, which is where I spend a large chunk of the day.

      Arborist Recommended!

      Great boots

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      Didnt have time for break in, climbed 2 days in Utah Wasatch, 7 hours each. The boots were comfortable, no blisters, very good support but flexible enough for large rock stability. Held up well in a lot of loose rocks and messy terrane.

      I agree with all of James' opinions. I have never been so pleased, and so confident, with new hiking boots. In the rocky terrain of Mt. Washington (New Hampshire) and nearby hikes, I felt like I had some magic in my feet wearing these boots -- the traction and control are that good, including in the wet. (I'm 5'10", 170, size 10). Steve R.

      Unanswered Question

      How do the size of these run in relation to the Salomon Quest 4D GTX?

      Unanswered Question

      I am considering either these boots, or the Sportiva Boulder X Mid's, or other Salewa boots with the approach sole. I am not sure I understand the differences between the many Salewa boots with the approach rubber. I am looking for a boot for backpacking (30 lb pack), hiking and as an approach shoe/boot for climbing in Colorado. I have a low volume foot, currently wearing Lowa Focus GTX, and Keen's in the past. I am looking for a sticky sole, maximum comfort (the Lowa Focus boots fit perfectly, have a nice stiff sole, but are still uncomfortable after 2 years on a 12 mile day) and need them to be waterproof. I have read on the comments of the Boulder X Mid that they leak. That would not be acceptable, as I often find myself in snow and creek crossings. How is the GTX membrane on these? The Lowa's don't leak unless they are soaked for days on end. With hiking comfort as primary, and sticky rubber as a secondary requirement, what do you guys/gals think? I am open to suggestions for other boots as well, other than the Keen Targhee's which run a 1/2 size small, and the don't make a 13 1/2.

      Are these shoes good for winter hiking? Is there any insulation?

      These will work for winter, for some active people. However, they are not insulated, specifically for the winter cold. Something like Merrell's Polarand boot, would be better, as it is very insulated, for winter use. So, if you really need a lot of warmth, go that route.



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