Consider it training for the next adventure.
Much like the greener grass scenario, neighboring peaks are always larger on the other side, and one day you'll ascend them in the Salewa Women's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boot, too. It boasts Gore-Tex's Extended Comfort insert for reliable waterproof protection and enhanced breathability properties, and its equipped with Vibram's Alpine Approach sole with large lugs for reliable traction over rough terrain. Unique to every Salewa trekking boot, the 3F System uses three stabilizing bars at the ankle to balance stability and mobility.
- Midheight boot with features for technical backpacking
- Gore-Tex insert offers waterproof, breathable protection
- 3F system uses three stabilizing bars for ankle stability
- Wear-resistant upper with suede and rubber reinforcements
- Adaptive Foam wraps the heel in memory foam for a customized fit
- Climbing Lacing ensures a snug, secure fit from heel to toe
- Mid stiff midsole ensures support for heavy backpacks
- Vibram Alpine Approach sole with rugged lugs for rough terrain
- Item #SFW0040
- Q & A
comfy enough; stiff laces; too heavy
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These shoes were wearable after just a single day of hiking to break them in. Tightening the laces can leave your fingers raw.
However they are NOT as light as they claim. My pair of size 9's weighs 3 lb 5 oz (1376 grams) (or 1 lb 8 oz per shoe; already heavier than claimed weight, let alone the fact that claimed weight should be for the pair, not one member of the pair).
It's tough to find a great fit on hiking boots. It should ideally involve trying on several pairs and comparing the fit and feel of each. This boot was chosen because it fit my fairly narrow feet. With the Scrapa approach shoes I just donated to Goodwill, I was constantly suffering from blisters on my heels and big and little toes. The fit was just bad. I got this pair because the heel cup on Salewa is great for reducing heel lift and helps prevent blisters. This boot is fairly stiff, especially compared to other Salewa models. There are hooks so you can adjust how tight the heel sits within the heel cup while simultaneously keeping the shank quite loose if desired.
These are rugged, yet fairly lightweight and will be a great investment as Selewa tends to be very high in quality. I'm excited to log some serious miles in these. What sold them for me was how rugged and grippy the sole was, the dialed in, tight heel cup, and their light weight.
Great feeling and much better fit than I expected. I have another pair that I thought fit and went a half size smaller than I normally do but after hiking realized they were too snug and blistered. That being said I would say they fit true to size. I returned this pair however because they were NOT made with quality. My specific pair had a small gap where the rubber toe protection meets the shoe..see image. the other boot jutted right up to the edge and you could not see any glue or gap. I fear the glue but that will deteriorate over time leaving the boot vulnerable to seeping in water. I plan to buy another pair though to replace these .