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Salewa Rapace GTX Boot - Men's

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Rapace GTX Boot

Your backpacking destination could be up a casual trail near a nice lake or it could be up a massive ice wall near the summit. Wherever you're backpacking, the Salewa Men's Rapace GTX Boot will help you get there. Its waterproof Gore-Tex Performance Comfort boasts enhanced breathability ratings to keep your foot comfy in warmer, drier conditions as well as wet, cold weather. The Vibram Mulaz sole features semi-automatic crampon compatibility so you can step on slippery stones or climb up ice walls confidently.

  • Burly backpacking boot with a mountaineering mindset
  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort for waterproof, breathable protection
  • 3F System balances flexibility and support
  • Abrasion-resistant aramid upper with leather reinforcements
  • Adaptive Foam wraps your heel in memory foam for a customized feel
  • Climbing lacing assures a snug, secure fit
  • MFF+ footbed attenuates shock, ensures cush, and provides support
  • Vibram Mulaz rubber sole with semi-automatic crampon compatibility
  • Item #SFW003Y

Upper Material
aramid, nubuck, rubber, Adaptive Foam
Waterproofing
Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
Lining
Cleansport NXT
Closure
climbing lacing
Footbed
3FF+
Midsole
nylon, fiberglass, rubber
Sole
Vibram Mulaz
Crampon Compatibility
semi-automatic
Claimed Weight
1lb 8oz
Recommended Use
backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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>Rating: 5

Rugged

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
True to size

These boots were loved and fit perfectly.

>Rating: 4

Well built boot

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 10"
Weight
165 lbs

Purchased for elk hunt in CO. Logged approx 35 miles on the boots, about half with heavy pack. I tried many brands before purchasing. Generally always been a Meindl fan but local store quit selling them. I'm a standard 10.5 normal ly, needed 11 in this boot. Perfect from length standpoint. The boots are a little narrow as the toe box starts to curve in too soon.... therefore my pinky toe area seemed to crunch and honestly hurt pretty good. My feet are not wide and I don't wear wide in any shoe. If ordered again, I'd definitely get a wide. I did loosens all laces through the toe box area to accommodate the narrow shape but still too narrow. Otherwise, nice boot. Hard sole and little flex (which I wanted) so a new insole is a must. The insole that comes in the boot is a gimmick with no purpose (sorry, but honest). It has zero cushion, zero support and the two piece Velcro gimmicky thing....really? They do need a little time to wear in. Not a 'broke in out of the box' boot. Not bad, but I could tell a big difference in comfort after my initial 4 mile hike in (with heavy pack). Anyway, solid packing boot. Just order 1/2 size up and a wide version....also a set of insoles. Had I know before my trip, I'd have returned for a wide size.

>Rating: 5

Most comfortable mountain boots!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

The Rapace is probably the most comfortable 3 season mountaineering boot I have ever worn. Fits like a hiking boot, but performs like a mountaineering boot. Also works well for hiking in really rugged terrain where you need added protection. Fit is wider than most Italian mountain boots. Will probably fit most people.

>Rating: 5

Mountain Beast, Put Through the Wringer

Size Bought
10.5
Height
5` 8"
Weight
175 lbs

I've summited over 30 13,000ft+ peaks in the Rockies and hiked hundreds of miles of trails throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana in these beasts. It's the best of all worlds for adventuring the mountains. It's a lightweight mountaineering boot (no insulation) that you can stay dry in, throw a toe into snow/ice with a it's stiff rugged sole, and yet nimble enough to jam a toe in a crack or hang on a knife edge for more serious scrambling. I'm finally retiring mine after 5 years and buying the exact same Salewa Rapace GTX. For a do it all boot in the Rockies that can handle everything, you can't go wrong with this boot.

>Rating: 5

Arborist approved!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
6` 0"
Weight
145 lbs

I wear between 10.5 and 11. I bought 11 and it gives me just enough space to wear thicker wool socks (a little tight). However they are perfect for summer wool blends. -- I bought these for tree work after reading several Arborists favor another style of this brand. That brand didn't have my size, so I went with these. -- I wore these to work for three days after I opened the box, the first two days were with darn tough hiking wool blends, with polyester sock liners underneath (the best way to break in boots). I did a lot of driving and maybe had them laced slightly too tight, had some cramping in my shin. Aside from that, very little break in time needed. -- The vibram sole is solid, there isn't a lot of give or flexibility at this point, but not so much to say they're stiff, or lower the rating. -- I've worn them for probably about 60 hours at this point. 3 of which were spent in a tree, on spurs (Edelrid Talon's). They felt great!! The heel is not huge, but there is a slight indent in the arch area, which helps nuzzle the gaff. The stiffness of the vibram acts as a shank and there was zero discomfort. -- I would highly recommend these for Spur climbing, though might be A Little Stiff for spurless, however they could just need a little more braking in. --- Two biggest cons: The laces look and feel nice, but without a square not, they untie within an hour or two. -- The (3) hooks that hold the laces rub against the inside of the gaffs while walking (didn't notice while aerial) I'd bet money they will break off, which I've heard about the other style boot too. If this happens I'll just drill holes to replace them. -- All in all, a quality boot, rugged, comfy, and they look sharp as hell.

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>Rating: 5

Arborist approved!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
6` 0"
Weight
145 lbs

I wear between 10.5 and 11. I bought 11 and it gives me just enough space to wear thicker wool socks (a little tight). However they are perfect for summer wool blends. -- I bought these for tree work after reading several Arborists favor another style of this brand. That brand didn't have my size, so I went with these. -- I wore these to work for three days after I opened the box, the first two days were with darn tough hiking wool blends, with polyester sock liners underneath (the best way to break in boots). I did a lot of driving and maybe had them laced slightly too tight, had some cramping in my shin. Aside from that, very little break in time needed. -- The vibram sole is solid, there isn't a lot of give or flexibility at this point, but not so much to say they're stiff, or lower the rating. -- I've worn them for probably about 60 hours at this point. 3 of which were spent in a tree, on spurs (Edelrid Talon's). They felt great!! The heel is not huge, but there is a slight indent in the arch area, which helps nuzzle the gaff. The stiffness of the vibram acts as a shank and there was zero discomfort. -- I would highly recommend these for Spur climbing, though might be A Little Stiff for spurless, however they could just need a little more braking in. --- Two biggest cons: The laces look and feel nice, but without a square not, they untie within an hour or two. -- The (3) hooks that hold the laces rub against the inside of the gaffs while walking (didn't notice while aerial) I'd bet money they will break off, which I've heard about the other style boot too. If this happens I'll just drill holes to replace them. -- All in all, a quality boot, rugged, comfy, and they look sharp as hell.

I
>Rating: 5

Burly but Narrow/Small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
13

I got these delivered a few days ago and was so stoked. They look KILLER and feel like they will last a lifetime. I wear a size 13 in everything...but this boot. I can get them on but could feel the front of the boot. Not ideal, but i was curious to see how it would feel. I wore them around the house for a bit and started to lose feeling in my feet. Once I took them off they tingled as blood returned to them. They are just too small for me and don't have any bigger sizes available. Their size 13 is a 47 EU while Zamberlan is a 48 EU and some other brands vary as well. If they were a smidgen wider and longer they would work and I would have kept them. They felt comfortable (before the tingling), but if the right size they certainly would be. I can't get over how good they look and how solid they feel and implore you to give them a shot if you have a narrower foot and are under a size 12. Bummed I will have to return these and go a different route, but oh well. Hopefully you have smaller feet than I do!

>Rating: 5

Most comfortable mountain boots ever!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
7.5
Height
5` 6"
Weight
145 lbs

As a full time mountain guide, I spend a lot of time in Mountain boots. I need them to be comfortable hiking in on trails, be sticky while climbing rock, be stiff enough when climbing snow and all the while keep my feet warm, dry and happy. Never have I had such a comfortable boot, right out of the box, all the way until they were ready for retirement. I primarily use these boots for alpine climbing in the North Cascades. Approaches are long and sometimes off trail. I love the way these boots can hike like a stout pair of approach shoes, yet still retain enough stiffness to kick steps up a frozen glacier. They work great for cramponing, especially french technique, with the flexible cuff of the boot. While you can climb moderate ice in them, they aren't tall or stiff enough to be considered an ice climbing boot. They also climb rock really well for a mountain boot. Being softer than many other boots allows you to move confidently over rock while still being stiff enough to edge on small holds. If there is a down side to this boot, I would say that it is not particularly warm. Though they are ideal for summer alpine climbing and mountaineering, the lack of insulation will make itself felt if you are spending multiples days climbing snow in cold temps. If you are looking for a single do it all summer alpine climbing boot, you will not be disappointed by the Rapace. I am on my second pair now after wearing out my first ones, and this pair is just as comfy as my first.

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>Rating: 5

Super comfy

Took these on a trip to Ouray Colorado last weekend for an ice climbing trip and they were awesome. They work with BD cyborg clip crampons as well.

Took
>Rating: 5

Rock Solid Mountaineering Boot

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5
Height
5` 9"
Weight
170 lbs

I've had these boots for almost 2 years now, and they are still going strong! I originally bought this boot as solely a spring/summer mountaineering boot for Crampons and more technical ascents, but they've proven to be way more versatile! These boots are rock solid for more technical mountaineering because of the approach style smaller toebox and easy use with semi-automatic crampons. They perform moderately well in snow and ice, but are best on dry rock. I've never once had a blister in these and have yet to show anywhere that may have blowouts even 2 years in with heavy use. These are a suprisingly good boot for backpacking/trail work as well. They have great toe and ankle protection that gives you an extra boost of confidence even after a tiring day in the backcountry. These boots instill confidence when you are hiking and mountaineering, enough said. Thank you Salewa for providing quality products like these. A word of advice to those purchasing. These boots will fit like an approach shoe. If you don't know what that means...it means the toebox will feel cramped. If you are a climber, you will love this; if you are a hiker/backbacker, you may hate this. Keep in mind the toebox is designed for control, which performs very well. I would recommend Salewa shoes/boots to anyone, but this boot in particular, I would recommend only to those who enjoy a good mountaineering trip, for solely hiking/backbacking it would be a bit overkill and defeat the purpose of its design. Also, these boots are not insulated, please keep this in mind when winter travelling. While the Gore-tex will keep you dry, if it's 0 degrees outside, your feet won't stay warm for long.

>Rating: 5

Does a bear **** in the woods??

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
11.5
Height
6` 0"
Weight
195 lbs

Should you buy these?? The answer to both questions is yes! I like these boots a lot. They are very lightweight, comfortable, and giving great support. I have put them to the test on some long days with heavy packs. Out of the box, I took them on a 6 mile, one way, backpacking trip and had no issues with blisters or discomfort. On the second or third trip with them, I had only one issue, and that was the ball of my feet starting to hurt after long hours hiking in them. I think this was a my problem and not an issue with the boot though. I have since put some new soles in them and I have not had any issues since. I have taken them on some serious rock scrambles and screes without any issues at all as well. I also love that they semi-auto crampon compatible too! I had no issues fitting them with my crampons. I would certainly recommend these boots. I did have to go up a half size from my normal boot size, though my foot is wider than average. Feel free to reach out directly with any questions at all!

Should
>Rating: 4

Nice light boots

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 5"
Weight
150 lbs

I did return these because of fit. They are more narrow in the footbed/toes than the Scarpa boots. This could be good or bad for you, it's bad for me. They also seem to have a slightly raised heel which I notice-- I run in altra's though so again, you may not notice this.