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    Crow GTX Boot

    Designed and built with versatility in mind, Salewa's Crow GTX Men's Boot has the chops to handle everything from mixed mountain terrain below treeline to technical rock and scree, or even the occasional alpine snow and ice. The Crow's versatile and well-rounded design lends itself well to just about any objective that takes you to the high mountains, making it an ideal companion for everything from mid-summer traverses and ascents to week-long backpacking trips

    The Crow's suede and wear-resistant fabric upper has been optimized to withstand abuse from rock, ice, and mud, and it's backed by a Gore-Tex membrane for waterproof and breathable protection. A full-wrap rubber rand provides additional protection when you're toeing in on sections of snow, while the 3S Combi system makes the boots semi-automatic crampon compatible when that snow turns to ice. For the majority of the time when crampons aren't necessary, you'll remain secure thanks to the stiff, supportive, and aggressive Vibram Mulaz sole. Cinch the climbing-style laces down tight for a secure fit and dial in the perfect width thanks to the Multi Fit Footbed system. A flex collar allows your ankle to flex naturally during long descents, so your legs, ankles, and feet remain fresh and ready for back-to-back days of bagging peaks.

    • Technical trekking boot built for rock, scree, snow, and ice
    • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort is waterproof and breathable
    • Wear-resistant upper with suede reinforcements rubber rand
    • 3F ankle support system enhances stability and mobility
    • 3S Combi system is compatible with semi-automatic crampons
    • Vibram Mulaz sole has large rubber lugs for extreme traction
    • Item #SFW002P

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    1.6mm suede leather, fabric
    Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
    climbing-style lace
    MFF+ insole (Multi Fit Footbed)
    Vibram Mulaz
    Shaft Height
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 5 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    The Alpine Boot I've Been Looking For

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: EUR 43
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    For those interested in watching my initial 3 Minute Review of this boot, please check out the link in this review. I will be doing a follow up review in the fall. NOTE: My reviews are independent and I purchase all of my gear.

    I have been trying to find a solid alpine boot that functions the way a climber needs it to. There is absolutely no reason why a company shouldn't produce something much lighter than most boots out there with all of the features that one would need in order to make the summit. I have climbed in Scarpa, Asolo, Five Ten, La Sportiva, Salewa, and a few other miscellaneous brands. Of them all, the Crow GTX from Salewa is hands down the best I have ever purchased for the specific purpose of alpine climbing.

    THE GREAT! 1. The sole is stiff enough to support any crampon that I want to use. I currently rotate between three different models for various climbs. 2. The boot is incredibly lightweight, adaptive, and supportive for all of its climbing ability. It is not a dedicated ice-climbing boot but I would use it for a few pitches of alpine ice. 3. The heel brake is smaller than other boots but it is functional and the heel to toe drop is minimal. I am a flatfooted hiker and this boot is a godsend for me. 4. I have effortlessly climbed 5.8 in them and would happily push into harder climbs. They edged and smeared well for a boot. 5. So far, they are very durable and the fit is fantastic. I kicked steps into hard packed snow for my son during our recent climb. The toe on this boot is super hard and very well protected.

    I do want to say that there is very little I don't like about the Crow GTX. As a word of caution, my pair did not require very much break-in but I took my time and made sure they were ready before I committed to any major climbs. Some people need more time to adjust so please don't go out and think you won't get a hot spot or two. As for the sizing, I went with EUR 43 (USA 10). I wear the same size in my La Sportiva Nepal Cube, which is my dedicated ice climbing boot. The Salewa feels like there is at least the same amount of room, if not a touch more, in the toe. Unfortunately the next size down was absolutely too small.

    THE NOT AS GREAT... 1. Gore-Tex can cause more sweat to build up, although it wasn't as bad as some other boots I've had. On the filpside, they are waterproof. 2. The sole feels hard underfoot and I can see how the other reviewer felt they were tough on the feet while hiking well worn trails. With that in mind, some people may need better insoles with more cushion. I didn't mind it and liked how much better I connected with the rock I was climbing. 3. Colors!!! I am sure Salewa is keeping the cost down by only offering one color scheme for men and one for women, but I love me some color! But if I really had to chose, less money for a boot of this quality means more gas in the tank and the farther I can go for new adventures!

    That's it for now! I will update this review and post my follow-up YouTube video in a few months. I hope this helps! Happy trails from Armchair Outdoors!


    My street size and what I typically reach for is a 9.5 US. This is what I wear in my Merrell Trail Glove 4's, what I wore in my Army combat boots, as well as most of my other shoes. If I need some extra room or if the shoe sizing is a bit off then I end up in a 10 US. I didn't purposely try to size up in the Salewa Crow as it so happened that the 10 gave me plenty of toe room and the ability to wear both a hiking sock and a heavier winter sock. I honestly think the Crow is a bit small in their 9.5 and a touch big in their 10. Their sizing was just a bit odd but it worked out well for me.

    The two socks that I wear depending on the season are both merino wool in the medium size and made by Darn Tough. For up to 3 season use I go with the Hiker Micro Crew Cushion or if you like them a bit taller then I would go with the Hiker Boot Sock Cushion. For the extra warmth during the winter I tried on the Salewa Crow with my Mountaineering Over-The-Calf Extra Cushion sock that I use when ice climbing and I was able to get a great fit and still have wiggle room in the toebox. I have since ordered these from Darn Tough in their shorter version called the Mountaineering Micro Crew Extra Cushion.

    Two things to keep in mind: 1. I tend to deal with cold feet and it doesn't bother me as much. (Years of ice fishing and ice climbing has probably messed me up. lol) Some people might think my selection of socks is a bit lean. 2. I use the stock insole with the Salewa Crow which is already pretty thin. If you use a custom orthotic or superfeet insoles then you may end up with less room for the heavier sock.

    Sorry if this got a bit wordy! I hope it helps. Feel free to get in touch with me at my website if you need any more info with a faster response. Cheers and Happy Trails!


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I've been searching for the "perfect" light / crampon compatible boot (that was under $300) for a long time. I'm absolutely thrilled with these boots.

    I just returned from a 2.5 day traverse in the Sierra and these boots were fantastic. They were comfortable to handle very long approaches, steep snow climbing and mixed climbing. Having a boot that could handle a fast / light approach and still have the stiffness for all day crampon use was exactly what I was looking for. Outsole was bomber on dry and wet granite, snow, scree, trail etc. GTX liner performed flawlessly in snow / rain / hail / creek crossings.

    I wouldn't grab these if I wasn't moving over so much mixed terrain, ie: if you're just on trail, look elsewhere. But if you you need a "quiver of one" this is a great spring/summer alpine boot.

    Great very light mountaineering boots

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    My use so far: I've used these boots over about 2 months ago for winter hiking in snow and when I would be wearing microspikes/crampons. On the less intense of these hikes, I'm often carrying a ~35lb pack of gear/toddlers. They have mostly taken place in forested New England hills with little exposed rock, but lots of off camber deer trails, deadfall, etc.. I've worn microspikes with them multiple times, but this winter has not yet merited crampons.

    Sizing: I generally wear an 11.5, I bought a 12 in these to allow for thick socks and potential foot swelling. I didn't try the 11.5, so I'm not sure I could have gone down half a size. I have Salewa's Mountain Trainer lows in 11.5 (albeit on a different last) and they fit well, but I wouldn't want to kick too many steps in them as my toes are a little close, so a 12 was probably the right choice.

    The Good: The boots are very light for what they are and are not at all clunky. There sole is much stiffer than your average hiking boot, but it isn't rigid and there is a rocker to it that makes walking easy, though a slight adjustment if you're used to really flexible shoes. They're rigid enough to kick steps and to jam the long edge of the boot into to loose snow/ground when climbing descending.

    I find them very comfortable. I have fairly normal feet with a slightly high arch and instep and they fit really well. I like the position of the lace lock and if I wanted, I could lace the ankle very loosely and still have my foot stay in place. When laced up, they are legitimately supportive of your ankle (unlike many mid-boots), but not as brace feeling as even higher boots.

    My feet haven't yet gotten wet despite walking in the snow. They haven't gotten cold despite wearing them mostly in temps from 10-30 (with this morning's hike done at 0). I wear thick merino socks or smartwool mountaineering socks, depending on the temps. They aren't insulated so I wouldn't want to stand around in them, but for constantly moving they've proved plenty warm.

    Neutral: They aren't very cushioned. I don't feel this when I'm walking on snow, but when on hard surfaces and very hard frozen ground I do. If i was going to take them on an extended trek where the trail was largely rock, I might put in a slightly more shock absorbing insole, but the one in now does lend to the precise feel.

    The Not So Good: The lacing hooks could be a little deeper/wider mouthed. I've missed them (particularly the lock loop) a lot more often than other boot's lace hooks, particularly when my fingers are cold and the laces are wet/frozen. It's a very minor annoyance, but it would be easy to rectify.

    My biggest gripe is the sole that came on the boots isn't the one listed on Backcountry's website or shown on Salewa's page. It's supposed to have a Vibram Mulaz sole and it has a different vibram sole (maybe a Mulaz Evo, which is actually an older pattern). I posted a picture below. I have different shoes with a Mulaz sole and like it somewhat better. I've tested them out size by side and the sole on my Crows is just not quite as grippy and seemingly a little harder. It might wear a little better, but I'd trade it for the softer Mulaz sole. I talked to Salewa and they said that the Crow has only ever had the Mulaz, so I don't know how mine ended up with the sole it did and future buyers will probably have the Mulaz. It's just one of the few things I don't love about this boot.

    Overall: I love the boot. I wouldn't buy it as a general use hiking boot. Unless you like a really stiff boot, it's just too stiff for general purpose scrambling. For hiking in winter where crampons/microspikes/kicking steps might be necessary, alpine trekking with a decent pack, light mountaineering where you aren't front point (I presume), they're great.

    One additional thing that I have noticed is that I get more condensation in the toes of these boots than some other footwear I have. Sweat seems to condense on the cold spot behind the rubber toe cap and drip down a bit. I'm not sure if this is due to the design/lining somehow or it's just due to the fact that I sized these boots a bit bigger than some other shoes and so my foot isn't directly warming the front of the boot as much allowing a cold spot.