Aim for the top.
Designed for intense forays into rugged high-mountain terrain, the Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid Leather Backpacking Boots provide the support, comfort, and aggressiveness you need when hiking above treeline. Their durable and wear-resistant suede upper is reinforced with a 360-degree rubber rand to protect against wear when hiking across rock-strewn trails, and they sport elements of approach shoes to ensure they're up to the task of near-vertical climbs and scrambles up scree fields.
Their laces extend down to the toe to guarantee the precise fit you'd find on a pair of approach shoes, and Salewa's signature 3F System connects to the lacing to wrap around your heel and mid-foot as you tighten the laces in order to lock your heel down and reduce fatigue and friction. Vibram's rugged Lynx C outsole provides the sure-footed traction you need when you're traversing razor-thin ridges. And for those long backpacking trips when your socks may see multiple days of use in a row, the boots are treated with Cleansport NXT, which naturally neutralizes odor-causing microbes while you sweat.
- Suede leather upper with full rubber rand
- 3F lacing system
- Cleansport NXT antimicrobial technology
- Mid-stiff nylon shank
- Vibram Lynx C sole
- Item #SFW002R
- Q & A
Poor build quality - Terrible warranty
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 155lbs
After average use the lacing system failed. When purchased, these boots they came with a life-time warranty. They're refusing to warranty or even repair. And I quote "I'm sure a good cobbler could fix these". Not the response I want after spending $250+ on these boots. Terrible warranty and customer service.
This is clearly a manufacturer defect that happened with their proprietary lacing system. It's a shame that they don't stand behind their product. I have multiple pairs of their shoes (low-top & mids), they fit great and up until now have been solid. But when things go south they're nowhere to be found. I had expected from them to at least offer to make the repair. Patagonia, Arctyrx, Lowa etc. would have at least offered that much or made the repair for a nominal fee. I'm wasn't asking for new boots, just that they honor their warranty and fix the boots.
I've bought my last pair of Salewa's. I'll be going back to Asolo and Lowa from now on.