The Men's Rapace GTX from Salewa is one of the lightest and most agile crampon-compatible mountaineering boots available. The light weight, agile upper, and high-tech materials make it the perfect boot for light mountaineering on technical routes. The perfect choice for mountain guides and rescue groups.
The lightest and most agile crampon-compatible mountaineering boot available. The light weight, agile upper, and high-tech materials make it the perfect boot for light mountaineering on technical routes. The perfect choice for mountain guides and rescue groups.
While we are happy to extend Salewa's No Blister guarantee to our in-store customers, due to the requirement for a proper fit at the beginning of the wear period, we are unable to extend the Blister Free Guarantee to our online customers. To quote Salewa:
With the right choice of socks, proper fit and lacing, and appropriate use of the footwear, SALEWA guarantees our footwear to be 100% Blister Free.
Our normal return policy applies.
|Awards:||2011 Award Winners|
|Country Of Origin:||Italy|
|Footwear Type:||Hiking/Backpacking, Mountaineering Boots|
|Liner:||GORE-TEX® Performance comfort|
|Mid Sole:||MID-STIFF. Nylon|
|Upper:||1.8mm Suede, Cordura, 360° Rubber Rand Protection|
|Weight:||1 lb 9 oz / 660 g|
|Salewa MS Rapace GTX Boot||$278.95|
|Salewa Rapace Gore-Tex Mountaineering Boots||$279.00|
|Salewa Rapace GTX Trekking Boot||$278.99|
I spent a good 5 months searching for and trying on different winter boots. I found that for peak ascents and more serious hiking and backpacking in the northeast, that a double plastic was way overkill, yet a boot with support and proper stiffness is important. Most insulated boots cause feet to sweat way too much. The danger is then that the boots may freeze overnight, or just be uncomfortable during the day. Nothing worse than sweating through your boots, even if they are "breathable." After much research and ordering and returning of different boots, this was the absolute best choice. These boots are really well made, and are definitely waterproof (had them covered in snow for hours, the outer layer eventually got wet, but no moisture made it through to my feet.) They are also the most breathable winter boots I've ever used. They are rather sturdy, allow just enough flex for comfortable winter hiking, and take crampons and snowshoes quite well. They are also a good deal lighter than many similar boots I tried, and you notice it on the trail. Nothing like really feeling your footing rather than feeling like you are walking on a plastic platform. I went up a whole size, and use them with mountaineering socks and wool liners. My feet were almost too warm when the temps approached 30. In the 20's my feet were warm the whole time. These boots have enough room in the toe box for me, and are cut on the same footbed as the salewa mtn trainer gtx, so you can go to your local ems and try them on to see how they fit before ordering these. The last point is that these boots have an amazing little feature - a two layer footbed which can have one layer removed. This is awesome both because it allows for more volume if you are in-between sizes, but also allows for adjusting your level of sockage based on the weather. Want one thick pair? Leave in both parts of the footbed. Want layered socks? Take one piece out. Definitely recommended for winter use on the trail. Also recommend for general mountaineering on lower peaks and where a double boot is overkill. There is a great little approach section on the shoe, and without the crampons these make great scrambling shoes, and will do really well on exposed rock. I'd say they are too heavy for summer use, but if you really wanted to make it happen I think it would be fine.
first impression of this boot is how light it is. feels like a day hiker, yet burly enough for crampons.
so far have only taken it on shorter hikes (less than 5 miles) in new england snow. i have been in these boots with little break in, pretty much laced them up and out the door for some shorter hikes. heel cup felt a little weird at first, a little tight, but got use to it quick and best of all no blisters.
they are definitely stiff enough for crampon work, but wouldn't necessary try any vertical ice with them. however they are light enough that i will use them a daily hiker in the summer when my pack loads are up and trail runners wont cut it.
size was right on, and they have a multi layered footbed, which allows for expedition style socks as well as thinner socks for summer use.
took these boots on a 5 day sierra bender and will no longer be wearing them. the heel design has made for a very uncomfortable pressure point on the back of the achilles, to the point of thinking I had strained it. wanted to love them, but unfortunately too much pain. blister free yes, pain free no.
I find these boots to be very comfortable and plenty warm for the 3-season use I have given them. I have pretty narrow feet and the Rapace accommodates my "low volume" foot well.
I also have lousy circulation in my extremities and too-frequently get cold toes (and fingers). The sole is rigid enough for crampons, but still allows my foot to flex a bit and move around some blood. They are also plenty warm in cold conditions. I've worn them to work on a couple 10°F days this winter; they were plenty warm while I scraped off the car, then too warm when I got to the office.
One feature I think is pretty cool is the "lace lock" (my term). The bottom of the three metal lace hooks comes to a V and pinches the lace so you can have the laces around your foot loose (or tight) and have a different tension around your ankle. Great feature!
About the only bad thing I can say about them is that the soles wear kind of fast. When they do wear out though, I'll get them resoled or buy another pair.
I love these boots!
I've beat the living snot out of these boots. Hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, SAR. They are great! Check out my in-depth review at Seattle Backpackers Magazine
Love my new Salewa boots!
Great fit, comfort, and style....
Only problem is I want other Model Salewa's now!
On receiving these boots I loved the look of them and the positive fit. I have a very narrow low volume foot and these boots could be closed up snug around my forefoot and toes without feeling like there was loads of material crushed around my feet. In fact these were the first pair of boots I've used where my toes haven't hit the boot fronts on steep descents.
Unfortunately that’s where the positive side ends. After using them for several 15 - 20k walks I used them on a longer trek in the Lake District. On this walk one of the lace hooks broke off at the ankle where the 'Y-fit system' wraps around your foot. This was only a week before I was to do the 3 peaks challenge so I didn't have time to send them back as I needed them for this.
On the climb up Ben Nevis the hook at the same point on the other boot went.
In addition some actual scrambling on that route lead to me developing large open friction blisters on both heels. approx 2cm across and down to the flesh.
Disappointingly the Salewa blister free guarantee only applies to the first two weeks you own them. So if you go for any of their shoes or boots either ignore this marketing gimmick or make sure you test them to the limit of their use very quickly (something most users would be hesitant to do with new kit)
All in all disappointed in the build quality and even more so in the marketing gimmick that is the blister free guarantee, particularly as they gave me weeping wounds on both feet!
I could not keep these boots. The toe box was not comfortable. My toes could not move much. I like to have some movement, a little curl and the chance to lift them. I was bummed because I have the Salewa Mountain Trainer shoe and I was able to make the toe box function by tinkering with the lace system.
Awesome looking boots. I wish they fit me! Not recommended for me. Bummer.