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By daniel arthur
From Auburn,Al
Aug 29, 2012
NW Couloir of Mt.Helen in August 2012
I am looking for an all around boot for backpacking and easy alpine climbs. A couple of concerns I have with these boots are:
1. The material used on the uppers looks like it might get saturated and have trouble drying out in an alpine environment.
2. Maybe a little too flexible for strap on crampons, obviously not intended for vertical ice, but would be nice to be able to use them when crossing glaciers or low to mid angle snow.

Does anyone have any experience with these boots? Or any suggestions to a good all around pair? Any help would be appreciated.

By chris7
From San Diego, CA
Sep 2, 2012
I had the Rapace's for one climb in the Sierra's (Mt. Humphrey's). They were great. Very comfortable and set up to easily take a crampon. I only had them for the trip and sold them after because I wasn't using them and wanted the money. I wore them around camp for maybe an hour and then they went straight up the mountain. I had a slight hot spot on my heal but considering the non-existant break-in I was pleased.

I'm not sure if the Rapace's would be the best option if your mostly backpacking. The GTX might be better then.

By patto
Sep 15, 2012
The Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX Mid is the most comfortable boot I've ever worn. It hugs my foot firmly with no pressure sports. I work occasionally at a retail store and I bought these not because I needed a new pair of boots but because when I tried them on they were just so comfortable!

Of course everybody's foot is different so comfort can be subjective. These are perfect for backpacking and surprisingly good as climbing approach shoe as they fit snugly so you get a bit more control than a bigger boot. I haven't used them on ice or snow yet.

The flexibility is similar to a regular hiking boot. Stiff enough that crampons will probably go on but likely not the best choice for regular crampon use. I wouldn't expect that these need breaking in, they were comfortable from day one. They even have a slightly absurd 'blister free guarantee'!

I just reread my post and it sounds like a fricken spam marketing speil! :-o Seriously, though I love these boots but I strongly believe the only way to choose a pair of boots is to try them on and let your feet tell you!

By Isaac T.
From Yokosuka, Japan
Nov 21, 2012
What an amazing place.
Here's a review I did on these boots a while back: seattlebackpackersmagazine.com...

By Sean H
From San Francisco, CA
Feb 7, 2013
Da Bugs
The Rapace's rock (if they fit your feet. fit first, always.)

Awesome in the Sierras, and awesome in the Bugaboos.

Why more boots don't come with a heel welt for semi-auto crampon use is beyond me.

Light, and the goretex worked well too.

Two thumbs up from this owner. Note that - when it comes to more serious boots, I own Scarpa Mont Blancs. I am NOT a LaSportiva foot, if that tells you anything about how you may or may not like the Salewas.

By Sthomps30
Feb 11, 2013
Haven't tried the Rapace but the Mountain Trainers have been the most comfortable pair of boots I've ever owned & held up well for the past 2 years. The Mountain Trainers don't have a heel welt but travel couloirs just fine in wrap around s in the spring. They've also handled "easy" roped climbing with ease.


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