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    12 Reviews


    Hiking without blisters just won't be the same.

    Taking aggressive elements from approach shoes and blending them with the support of a pair of boots, the Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX 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 scree, and they are fitted with a Gore-Tex membrane, making the boots waterproof.

    Their laces extend down to the toe to guarantee the precise fit you'd find on a pair of approach shoes. Fitted with Vibram's Alpine Approach sole, these boots are designed for really rugged terrain, making them ideal when you're on a multi-day traverse in the alpine. And for those long backpacking trips when your socks may see multiple days of use, the boots are treated with Cleansport NXT, which naturally neutralizes odor-causing microbes while you sweat.

    • Gore-Tex performance comfort membrane
    • Suede leather upper with full rubber rand
    • Cleansport NXT odor control
    • Ortholite insole
    • Mid stiff nylon midsole
    • Vibram Alpine Approach sole
    • Item #SFW001L

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years
    Recommended Use
    hiking & camping, backpacking
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 7 oz
    Vibram Alpine Approach
    climbing lace
    Cleansport NXT
    Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
    Upper Material
    [main] 1.6mm suede leather, [rand] rubber

    Tech Specs

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    Pretty dissapointed

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    I purchased a pair of these boots after reading reviews on how supportive and tough they are. I was impressed at first, but then I was sorely disappointed after having these boots for only a few months. After 3-4 months of use the soles are near gone. The outsoles are wore to the nub and almost all the support is gone. I will say they are comfortable and broke in easily, which was great. However I didn't even get a full season of use out of them before they turned to crap. In just a couple months the outsoles are nearly worn flat and I can roll this boot up in one hand. I brought up my concerns with Salewa and all they did was recommend I purchase a new pair since mine were "well loved". I know boots wear out, but these wore out FAR too quickly. If Salewa used better soles that were more durable they could be great, but I wont consider buying another pair until then.

    Pretty dissapointed

    Extremely durable!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 8.5

    I am a tree climbing arborist which means I'm extremely hard on boots. These boots have held up in some of the hardest conditions possible. I've also found them to be very comfortable despite the soles being a little stiff. Great boots and very reasonable price for the quality.

    Burly hiker.. maybe too burly?

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I picked up these boots for a winter trip to Zion National Park, expecting I would need them for keeping my feet relatively warm and, more importantly, dry. Fortunately I didn't have to kick through as much snow as I had expected, but my feet were always dry and warm anytime I encountered any H2O in my path. The waterproofing on these is fantastic; every beads up and rolls right off. They're also very stiff and supportive, and would be great for hiking with a heavy pack on semi-technical terrain. The tread is deep and aggressive, and performs well in loose rock, snow, mud, and just about everything else you could put them through.
    Unfortunately, as fast and light hiker, these boots will not do the trick. The sole is very stiff and doesn't offer much rocker or flex, making it difficult to maintain a smooth, speedy gait. The ankle is fairly stiff as well, and I found that after a weekend of hiking the rubbery 3F flex thing was digging into my ankle bones, and became quite uncomfortable to wear.
    I have since returned them as they don't really work for me; but if you need a solid, supportive boot for heavy duty hiking, give this one a shot.

    Back in black

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5 US

    To be honest I was initially attracted to this boot by the black and indigo design. It's a great looking boot. Understated. I also wanted a boot that would perform particularly well over rocky mountainous areas.

    The boot is a great fit. Other boots I have tend to run a little small. 9.5 is a hard size for me to find. This is just right with thin or thick socks. Out of the box it was easy to put on, instantly comfortable and required little effort to lace up quickly. It felt very taught and purposelful with a nice rock from heel to toe. It made me want to go and jump around over rock ledges.

    I have used this boot for a number of purposes:
    1 - high country hiking. Snow in winter, hot dry in summer, lots of granite cliffs and tors, dense scratchy Australian shrubs, snakes. This boot excels on rocky ascents, is warm and has good waterproofing. It's excellent on hard dry granite. Footing is very accurate and encourages rock climbing. On longer trail walks the boot is fine but generally I prefer to use a lighter smaller boot with a cushier heel.
    2 - 4WD and camping. Rough terrain, constantly adapting to different conditions including mountains, rainforests, coastal areas, mud, spiders. They are a great all purpose boot that is comfortable to wear. The boots materials have held up very well. The Australian bush is dry and full of sharp unforgiving textures. It shreds poor quality equipment. These shoes are really well made... as you'd expect for the price.
    3 - lowland hiking. Flatter trail walks, woodland, wetter areas and tussock grass. The boots are fun to walk in but the rocking motion that makes them so good on mountain ascents means the heel is a little hard over longer distances. They are best when springing about on the front foot and toes. These shoes are however admirable over tussocks of grass, unstable ground and areas of bush with dense under-storeys. It doesn't want to hike, it wants to hop, climb and lope between canyons. On slippery rocks or logs I don't trust them as much.
    4 - Going out. The boots are cool. Black and indigo. Sparks of silver and ochre.

    Dont buy the brown ones.

    Back in black

    Great Backpacking boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 48.5/14

    These boots can take you to the mountain, and then drive on for the summit bid. Backcountry never had my size in these, 48.5/14. I had to actually go to Germany to buy these. Ok, maybe I was in Germany already, and bought them, but anyway it's good to see Backcountry have the a full range of sizes in these, though maybe not mine. I wear 13s in normal shoes, but I had these fitted at an outfitter in Germany, and add in a good hiking sock and I need that extra room. . So far I haven't put these through the wringer or anything, but the few hikes I've been on they inspire confidence in tackling terrain, while being a comfortable boot.

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Ok so I wrote a review before, but I ended up picking up a smaller size to thought I would chime in again. Before I mentioned being between sizes. I definitely prefer the smaller size which is 1/2 size smaller than my normal street shoe size. So I would say that these run slightly big and I'd advise sizing down if you're on the fence. Also, as I said before, these are slippery! It actually sucks quite a bit. I am toted to get them resoled with some 5.10 rubber but I'm not sure it will be worth the hassle. Don't eat it on slabs or footlogs.

    I'm surprised you had this experience, with the size. I normally where size 13 shoes. I have always gone up a half size larger, for backpacking boots for the extra room when putting on a liner, and a good hiking sock, which has served me well doing 15-16miles a day.
    These boots though I had fitted at an outfitter in Germany, and the guy recommended 48.5/size 14s, so it made me think they ran small. Anyway the boots in that size fit me well.

    Solid low profile boot!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    This boot has a good balance of support and supple. Doesn't feel like a clunky backpacking boot, but feels more burly than a Solomon Quest or similar boot. I think this is mostly because of the sole. The uppers are thin and supple, but the sole is fairly thick with hard Vibram rubber. I wouldn't consider this a squishy-comfy boot, because it doesn't have a lot of padding or EVA foam, but it is plenty flexible and with a good insole they're comfortable. Overall a very low profile boot.

    I got a 10.5, which is my "normal" size in most brands. It fits very well, but if I was planning to use this for scrambles where I wanted it to perform more like an approach shoe, I would have sized down to size 10. The 10.5 is nice for downhill hiking where a 10 would probably put a bit of pressure on my toes downhill.

    A couple less positive things: 1) The suede leather sucks up water. I wish they were a smoother leather that would bead-off water. Oh well. 2) The rubber is fairly slick - at least until broken in. The hard rubber will be long-lasting and eventually gets grippier with wear, but be careful with these babies on foot logs when they're new!

    First Impressions

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    First outing. Out of the box the boots looked awesome. Stylish and functional looking. The weight was a little noticeable but understandable given the rand, vibram sole, support system etc. The weight was acceptable, actually light for what you're getting in toughness.

    Owning a pair of Alp trainers mid previously I expected blister city, especially in the classic heel area. At first appearance the boots"looked stiff". Buying them without trying then on also made me a little apprehensive. I put them on. The fit at least was perfect. A lot of room, comfy and solid feeling. Hummm. A Salewa boot that was comfy. Wow. Now for the real trial. A 3 hour ~ 7 mile roundtrip, 2000' gain conditioning hike to my favorite local peak. I decided to go at a slow to medium pace so as NOT to develop blisters. A trip was coming up in a few days so no blisters. A first couple of miles and all seemed well. Hey, they are still "new boots".
    I noticed the heel area was redesigned since I could immediately tell there was no chaffing at all, the clearance was good. They listened to the heel problem and worked the area real good.
    I also noticed that the lining construction was a memory type. This did kick in near the top of my jaunt. The boots came alive. I started saying to myself I could easily use these on my next real trip in few days. NO FURTHER BREAKING WAS REALLY REQUIRED. IMPRESSIVE.

    These boots are going to be a big hit and will make Editor's Choice for sure.

    Stylish, comfortable and very functional.

    The only ad lib is the mutiple layer insole. Didn't realize the long box contained an extra set of insoles made for layering. I did install them after my hike. They did take up the extra volume to make the fit even better. Don't throw out this box thinking it is for packaging only. THIS BOX CONTAINS INSOLE INSERTS, DON'T THROW OUT ACCIDENTALLY.

    My overall first outing impression is that these boots are going to be a great workhorse climbing Sierra Peaks this summer.

    Good But

      These boots are very well constructed, however they do need a break-in period. My only gripe is that the tongue has slots in it down to the black notch. This is a bummer because water just rolls right in if your stepping through a creek. They are waterproof everywhere else, so they would be ok in rain and snow, but full water past the ankle you might get wet.

      Good all around boot

        I got these boots about a month ago and they seem to be pretty solid. They are not blister free though. Well if you give them a break in period on some moderate hikes they probably would be. I took them on a day hike with 4000' elevation gain in 5 miles and they definitely weren't blister free in those circumstances. The boot is very comfortable though.They worked well for moderate rock climbing as well (5.8 or so). I like the rubber around the toes and heel they helped grip and kept the boot from getting cut in some spots.They held up ok in the snow. We were out in wet sloppy snow for 6+ hours and they did get wet inside but not much. It was hard to tell if the snow came in through top due to the bad gaiters I had on at the time or if it actually came through the walls of the boots. In snow that was a little more powdery the weekend before they held up just fine and repelled everything.Overall the boot seems pretty solid. They are very comfortable and seem to fit pretty true. I wear a 13 and it gives me just enough room to put on some good socks for cold weather yet isn't too loose when I wear a lighter sock for warmer day hikes. I've put probably close to 40 miles on the boots so far and they are one of the more comfortable boots I have owned and they have a good warranty (2 years) against defects.

        This last paragraph is after I took them to Mt St Helens during almost whiteout conditions. It was 30 degrees most the day and my feet stayed warm and dry the entire time. On the way down as it warmed we were trodding through slushy, wet snow and they stayed dry.

        Why are only a couple of sizes on sale ? Probobly why I still buy from REI.