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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

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    aramid, nubuck, rubber, Adaptive Foam
    Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
    Cleansport NXT
    climbing lacing
    nylon, fiberglass, rubber
    Vibram Mulaz
    Crampon Compatibility
    Claimed Weight
    1lb 8oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    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!

    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: 145lbs

    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.

    Most comfortable mountain boots ever!

    Rock Solid Mountaineering Boot

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

    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 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.

    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: 195lbs

    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!

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

    Nice light boots

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

    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.