The Women'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 3S System Combi is a triple density microporous rubber midsole for ultimate edging performance on rocks and difficult terrain. Perfect compatibility with semiautomatic crampons due to aTPU insert at the heel. The lightweight, 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.
|Country Of Origin:||Asia|
|Footwear Type:||Hiking/Backpacking, Mountaineering Boots|
|Liner:||GORE-TEX® Performance comfort|
|Upper:||1.8mm Suede, Cordura, 360° Rubber Rand Protection|
|Weight:||19.4 oz / 550 g|
|Salewa WS Rapace GTX Boot||$278.95|
I love this shoe! Used it for the first time this weekend on a short hike (7.5 miles) over varied terrain (Class 1 dirt trails, Class 1/2 steepish but easy cross country, Class 2/3 ridge scrambling, and a stream crossing), and they remained comfortable and supportive for the entire time. I bought these to replace my 5.10 Camp Fours on longer dayhikes/approaches and hikes that involve a lot of snow, as I've rolled my ankle the last couple of times out and they aren't waterproof. Here's my synopsis:
SIZING / FIT:
True to size. My street shoe size is mainly 6.5, I tried these on in 6.5 and 7.0 and went with the 6.5, and they fit like a glove. No heel slippage and no toe bang. Very minor hot spots on the outside edge of my little toe, but I was only wearing one pair of socks and my feet trend on the wider side. Additionally, there is a variable footbed, so the shoe can be customized based on your sock system (same comfort level with light and medium hiking socks and heavy mountaineering socks with liner).
* Comfortable - they really fit like a glove.
* Light - not much heavier than my Camp Fours (subjectively, anyway)
* Very supportive - the sole is stiff and provided a different experience from the Camp Fours, not as flexible, but definitely more support. Also, I'll have to try to roll my ankle in these.
* Sticky sole not as sticky as the Camp Four, but definitely sticky enough and definitely confidence inspiring
* Great edging the boot is stiff, so the edging is definitely better than with the Camp Four
* Waterproof - I forewent a bridge and walked through a shallow stream to test how waterproof these shoes are, the stream was short (~15 feet), but my boots were submerged as far as possible before water would start entering over the top, and my feet stayed dry. And the outer part of the shoe must be treated as well, because they dried immediately.
* Durability, maybe I put a 2mm shallow divot into the leather on the left toe while scrambling. During my creek crossing, I could feel the temperature of the water in that area and that was the only part of the boot that did not repel water/dry immediately. Instead, the leather absorbed and held water. Not sure if it was due to the nick I put in the leather. This said, my feet stayed dry.
REMAINS TO BE SEEN:
* Snow travel with and without crampons
I just received my Rapace boots and gave them a whirl on a steep ridge loop in the Rockies. They are sooooooo light! And the lacing allows a snug fit throughout. I liked the ankle support and 3/4 shank. The ankle support allowed me to flex thoroughly at the ankle, while it protected my ankle. And the shank allowed some flex which I really need to avoid achilles problems. The shock absorption was good as well. The size 10 boot fit my size 10 feet perfectly. I love this boot and can't wait to get in them again!
I really wanted to love this boot. Salewa shoes fit my feet and I very much liked the idea behind this technical but lightweight shoe which would work for hiking and easy alpine tours. I think the design is great. But....I did two easy hikes with them and one 12m hike in the White Mountains, NH. During the latter, the soles of BOTH shoes started to peel off. I couldn't believe my eyes. If I had been on an alpine tour with overnight stays, I would have been screwed. I've heard rumors before that Salewa's quality is not always the best, but I did expect these shoes to last longer than 20 miles. Very sad to send them back, the concept behind this shoe is great.
These boots were lightweight, comfortable and fit quite well. After four climbs in them this summer I have found them to not be waterproof as the description claims, "Gore-Tex membrane is guaranteed waterproof and breathable for meeting all the demands of mountaineering, no matter the season" Joan covers it well in her review "the leather absorbed and held water" unfortunately my feet did not stay mostly dry.
Again, great fit just not the right boot for climbing in the PNW.