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Mountain Trainer 2 Mid GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

4.473684210526316 out of 5 stars
19 Reviews
Color:Bungee Cord/Black


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Why We Like The Mountain Trainer 2 Mid GTX Backpacking Boot

The Mountain Trainer 2 Mid GTX Backpacking Boot brings all of the features we loved from the first generation boot, in a 15% lighter package to solidify this boot in the ultralight backpacking category. The GORE-TEX waterproof lining gives us confidence that our socks will remain dry despite unforecasted rain, creek crossings, and muddy trail conditions, while the suede leather cuts down on weight for lightness underfoot over endless miles.


  • Fully-featured backpacking boots suited for extended backcountry routes
  • Vibram sole maintains traction on wet rocks or roots
  • Regular and wide fitting footbeds included for customization
  • Dual density PU midsole provides rigid support and rock protection
  • GORE-TEX waterproofing keeps water out yet remains breathable
  • Suede leather upper is abrasion-resistant and lightweight
  • Item #SFWZ04B
Upper Material
suede leather
regular and wide footbeds included
dual density polyurethane
Vibram rubber
Claimed Weight
1lb 5.2oz
hiking, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 19 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 3 reviews
4 Stars - 1 reviews
5 Stars - 14 reviews

Fits True To Size

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5 out of 5 stars

May 10, 2024

These are worn almost everyday and are my husband’s go-to shoe for work and play!

Annette B

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

April 30, 2024

Phenomenal Hiking Boots

Just bought my third pair! (I ignore reviews when someone says I just got this, used it once, think it's great, and look forward to the future.) But since I literally have three pairs of this exact same boot purchased over 6 years I decided to review em. These are fabulous boots. I live in Colorado and am lucky enough to hike at least once a week on a local trail and every Sunday morning on a mountain trail. This is the minimum, as I get to go backpacking and hunting a half dozen times a year and train harder for those trips - year round. I've done this for ten years. I have no idea the miles I've put on my 1st two pair of Salewa boots, but the first were bought a few months before July of 2018 when I hiked from the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park at Wild Basin over the Continental Divide at the Boulder Grand Pass and to the west side, exiting at the East Inlet Trailhead. Epic hike and epic test of a pair of boots! The 1st pair were pretty new then and they were exceptional. No blisters, only one hot spot that moleskin dealt with, but that was after 14 hours on the trail, a half dozen bouts of rain, and 3,900 feet of elevation change. Since then I've hike all over CO and the west in my first two pairs. The sole on my 1st pair is nearly smooth, but I was keeping them as spares until today. The second pair are on my feet right now while I'm at work and they are also pretty slick on the heals. (I wear them every day.) And the new pair is in my closet sporting their huge new tread that I will break in starting tomorrow and before the snow melts up high in early July. These are beautiful boots. They are comfortable and tough and I will buy another pair in another three years if they are still making them. So yeah, as you can probably tell by now, I think they warrant this long history of documented use so you will know I'm serious and these boots warrant a five-star review! Thanks Salewa, I don't know who you guys are, but you make a great pair of boots!

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Originally reviewed on Salewa

5 out of 5 stars

April 16, 2024

Salewa Mtn Trainer 2

I’ve used several types of boots and decided to this try this pair. I will be using these for backpacking and early season hunting. They’re light weight and comfortable while still providing support for steep and rough terrain.

Cody T

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

April 15, 2024

Too stiff and heavy

Hi, I got this boot but it happens to be much more stiff than I expected. I want something lighter for a one day hikes, would you recommend me Mountain trainer lite, Alp trainer or Alp mate mid? Thanks

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Originally reviewed on Salewa

5 out of 5 stars

March 15, 2024

Ordering my 4rth pair in many years

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:

Ordering these boots again! I have worn them for many miles over the years. These are the boots you want if you are putting in miles under heavy pack load outs and they really excel in rough, rocky, terrain and mountains. They keep you dry and comfortable. I’ve been comfortable in these boots everywhere from the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and Western NC to the mountains out west, in Canada and the SW USA deserts.

randy R
5 out of 5 stars

March 4, 2024

Very comfortable

Jerimiah E

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 17, 2024

Great boots!

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:
5' 4"

I wanted a pair of hiking the mountains that offered good ankle support. These fit the bill. They are si comfortable out of the box. I did go up a 1/2 and they fit perfectly. They are light weight and the color is great. Perfect traction!! Would buy again!

Susan M
5 out of 5 stars

February 12, 2024

Good so far

I like them. Haven’t done any decent hikes yet so we shall see.

Brett P

Originally reviewed on

2 out of 5 stars

February 5, 2024

Horrible design flaws. Otherwise this boot is absolutely great.

I bought them less than a year back, and i've used them less than 20 times. First off, they've got very evident design flaws, i dont know why i bought them in the first place tbh, I guess it's because they felt great. The thing is you should NEVER run textile fabric onto other textile fabric because friction wears it off, and this boot plainly ignores that. The shoe laces will run through all the strings that hold them in place in no time, especially that one lace that sits on the interior side of the ankle. That being said, i haven't used them enough yet for this to become an issue, which i expected to occur in 2-3 years of usage. So what happened? Those orange strings which laces go through are glued in between layers of other fabric so nothing other than GLUE holds them tight in place. Guess what happens... yup, they come lose and there's no way to tighten them up. This is what happened to me, that tiny orange string came off. Briliant design, guys, it surely came out pretty (if that's all what you were going for). I'm sending them back. Other than that the boot feels great, it's agile and solid, fits very well and can adapt perfectly, and it's very comfortable and safe to hike with. Such a pity these stupid flaws ruin this great product so badly, they make it useless and they dishonor the brand. It's intolerable to find these low IQ problems at this price ranges. Just so you know, i'm not buying salewa boots ever again, god knows what you'll miss the next time.

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Originally reviewed on Salewa

5 out of 5 stars

December 23, 2023

Best boots I’ve owned!

I ordered 1/2 size up and they fit perfect! Instantly comfortable with no break in! Love Salewa!

Eric B

Originally reviewed on