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Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boot

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.

  • Versatile hiking boot that doubles as an approach shoe
  • Suede and PU coated leather upper offers exceptional durability
  • Gore-Tex membrane seals out moisture and releases excess sweat
  • 3F support system locks your heel in place for peace of mind
  • Climbing-style laces offer an exceptional fit and durability
  • Vibram Hike Approach sole effortlessly grips rock and dirt
  • Item #SFW002L

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

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>Rating: 5

Angels Landing tested and approved

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10
Height
5` 11"
Weight
165 lbs

Got these in time for a trip out to Zion Nat'l Park. Went back and forth between two sizes, ended up going with larger size so I could wear thicker socks (thanks for the easy returns!). Tightening up the laces (using surgeon's knot) locked my heel in just fine. Did 10 miles of hiking the first day, 14 the next, including Angel's Landing. The Approach sole lived up to it's billing as a shoe that "effortlessly grips"--felt totally at ease climbing up to the top. I list the size as "true"--because even though they are narrow, the length is accurate. I buy a lot of Salewas just for that reason, since I have really narrow feet. Even with Salewas, I still usually have to do some tricks (like lacing, and insoles) to keep from getting heel rubs.

Got
>Rating: 3

Please no GTX!!!

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5

I gave 3 stars because the design of the boots is phenomenal, despite the downsides. I’ll get to the negatives in a bit. The alp trainer felt true to size. I always wear a 10.5 in everything and the Salewa 10.5 felt on point. The lacing to the toes is exactly what I was looking for as well. However....the loss of 2 stars comes only from the GoreTex. I bought these despite my reservations because a friend recommended them. I just couldn’t get past the suctiony, noisy, and obnoxiously loose GoreTex membrane. I have now realized that I just can’t do GoreTex in footwear. I prefer letting my feet get wet and dry out as quickly as possible after the puddles/crossings. If you love GTX, then these should be great for you. As for me, I’d just beg Salewa to make these without GoreTex. Thanks for reading!

>Rating: 5

Great hiking boots

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
13
Height
6` 2"
Weight
220 lbs

I bought these for hunting. I had never heard of them before so I was very apprehensive about buying them. Were they actually a true fit, would they hold up, were they going to be comfortable were some of my concerns. Right out of the box the most comfortable boot I have ever purchased. They seem to be very rugged and I believe will hold up. They are a true fit and also waterproof. These are my go to boots.

>Rating: 5

Great All-round hiker

Height
5` 9"
Weight
165 lbs

Great shoe, comfy in the heel, and sticky rubber on the toe!

>Rating: 5

Finally

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5 US
Height
6` 1"
Weight
162 lbs

Durable! So happy to have finally found boots that don't show wear after moderate use. All of the margins between different materials are in perfect shape after months of beating them up, no peeling/delaminating etc. They're light and breathable too; super comfy. I've used them to scramble for hours up 40 degree sloped scree fields in the sun, scramble up deep snow covered hills, full day hikes, and have never had any problems. The sole is sensitive enough that while scrambing I can feel what the rock under my foot is doing, yet after a full day hike my feet aren't any more fatigued than if I were wearing a super heavy boot. They did soak through after a few hours in above-the-boot snow, but that's mostly because snow got in over the ankle. Even then my feet never felt cold, with only a double-layer synthetic sock (temps just below freezing). Dried out quickly and no smell. Lacing makes getting the right fit no problem - I do find going downhill my toes get jammed but I think that's more an issue of getting the size and lacing pattern right than anything with the boot itself. I will definitely buy again if they ever wear out.

>Rating: 5

Brown County hiker

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9.5
Height
5` 11"
Weight
170 lbs

This is my 4th pair of Salewas. I love the way they fit. Very supportive and light weight. The lacing system makes them easy to adjust to your feet. These tend to run a little narrow which was good for me but may not fit right if you have a wider foot.

>Rating: 5

Solid Boot

Height
6` 2"
Weight
230 lbs

Bought these boots three days before my week long hike to the windrivers. After 40 miles, 6500 vertical feet and climbing over two passes over 11,500 feet with a 45 lb backpack I didn't get a single blister. These boots were solid and my feet felt great after every day. I highly recommend these boots.

>Rating: 5

Great Boot

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9.5
Height
5` 8"
Weight
160 lbs

These boots feel and fit great right out of the box. I'll be testing these out soon on a 50 mile loop in Yosemite. Possibly I can update my review later. The attention to detail and materials used with the boot is amazing. Second to none...and I am used to well made European boots. One major concern is the lack of cushion and support under the forefoot. Great for hiking and scrambling, but will likely not be enough support for backpacking larger loads. More to come.

>Rating: 4

Great boots for mid to warm climates

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
220 lbs

I've owned a pair for about a couple of years now. I put them on fresh out of the box, with no blistering and the most comfortable fit I've had with a boot. However, the Goretex membrane, once saturated, will not keep your feet dry. Even after the boots have dried, the water will permeate next time you step into a water source and you will have wet feet. This may be due to user error on my part, by not properly maintaining the goretex layer. I'm not sure. Another thing to note is that they can get cold, so if you live or recreate in a colder climate, they might not be the right boot for you. If you live in Arizona, however, or somewhere with a similar climate, I would say these are the perfect boots for the terrain and climate.

>Rating: 4

Shoe fit/sizing

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

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.

>Rating: 4

Strong All Around Boot

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

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!

>Rating: 4

Good Boot

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

Comfortable and flexible. Great fit.

>Rating: 5

Go-To All-Around Boot

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

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.

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating: 5

Great All Around

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

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 :-) "

>Rating: 1

1 star for blisters

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

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.

These
>Rating: 5

Killer Lightweight Support

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

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.

>Rating: 4

Like 'Em

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

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.

>Rating: 5

A great first impression

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

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

Thanks for the review Richard! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

>Rating: 5

Best ever!!

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

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!

>Rating:

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

>Rating:

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.

>Rating:

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. More questions? Just call or email me, directly. 801.746.7587 ---->ejenson@backcountry.com

I have used a pair for the past 2 years, and while they are excellent boots, and super comfortable. I wouldn't recommend them for hiking through snow or prolonged wet environments. They can get cold, especially if they have gotten wet at all.