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  • SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots

    Lightweight and waterproof, the Mountain Trainer Mid GTX from Salewa provides ultimate grip performance for technical hiking, light trekking, and Via Ferrata.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Stiff nylon/27% fiberglass shank for support with flex on challenging surfaces
    • Vibram Mulaz rubber outsole for durability and uphill/downhill grip on all terrain
    • PU shock absorber in midsole for maximum comfort over long distances
    • Gore-Tex membrane for waterproof protection and breathable comfort
    • Abrasion-resistant suede upper with sticky rubber rand for protection from rocky ledges as well as grip
    • 3F Fit System combines flexibility, anatomically positioned ankle support, and a precision fit—offers freedom of movement where needed while controlling movement of the heel
    • Technical lacing with metal hooks extends towards the front for a custom fit to provide precision and comfort
    • Double-density microporous rubber midsole for ultimate edging and performance on rocks
    • Multi-fit footbed for individual volume customization and adjustment of the fit

    Country of Origin: Imported

  • SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots

    Foot Volume Low
    Volume Measurement 710 ml
    Forefoot Width Narrow
    Forefoot Width Measurement 2.729 in.
    Heel Width Wide
    Heel Width Measurement 3.762 in.
    Outsole Vibram rubber
    Shank Nylon, fiberglass
    Upper Suede
    Midsole Double-density micporous, PU
    Waterproof Yes
    Avg. Weight (pair) 2 lb. 13.1 oz.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots
 
3.9

(based on 14 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Stable (11)
  • Comfortable (8)
  • Good cushioning (8)
  • Stylish (6)

Cons

  • Causes hotspots or blisters (3)
  • Uncomfortable (3)

Best Uses

  • Wet weather (3)
  • Work (3)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      93% 

      (13 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      93% 

      (13 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (5), Military/law enforcement (3)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!! RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX

By Joe

from Coronado island

About Me Comfort-oriented, Go Places Few Others Go, Military/Law Enforcement

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Breathes Well
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Cushioning
  • Great traction
  • No blisters
  • No break in time
  • No Foot Slip
  • Stable
  • Stylish
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any time
    • Any Where
    • Long Hikes
    • Military
    • Special Forces Operations
    • Travel
    • Work

    Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

    I purchased these for assignments over seas. They are amazing! Before I deployed, As soon as they arrived from EMS, I literally drove to Yosemite the next day. I normally wear a size 11, so that is what I purchased, they fit me perfectly, I only wear one pair of socks. I started at Tuolumne Meadows with a 55 pound pack and hiked to Half Dome, made it comfortably in 3 days. I did a total of 47 miles. I had no blisters, no hot spots. I was amazed. I have tried many boots, and this is my favorite. Not only are they the most comfortable boot I have ever warn, they are a good looking boot as well. I don't normally write reviews, however Salewa deserves this one! Going to Africa for 3 months, and you can guarantee these will be on my feet every day. Thanks Salewa for making an amazing boot, I hope you keep them around for years. I am ordering an extra pair now from EMS.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Boot - Amazing Quality

    By Cheffy

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Comfort-oriented, Performance Oriented

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Flexible Upper
    • Good Cushioning
    • Locks Heel
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backcountry trails

      Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

      I ordered these without knowing what they fit like (always risky) and was very impressed. Overall lower volume with a narrower heel and wider forefoot, but volume is adjustable through lacing and footbeds. Fits true to size but I did bought a half-size up to accomodate my wide toes, foot swelling, and thicker socks. If you have normal/narrow feet probably the measured size is fine unless you have a high instep and/or wide heels, or wide squared toes (like me).

      High quality materials all around. Lacing is phenomenol, and helps lock my skinny heel in tight. Only very mild arch support with stock footbeds, I needed to add some arhc support under the footbed. Tread looks toothy but unsure how it will work on a variety of terrain yet. Do not feel too hot on my feet despite goretex.

      Very light weight for this style of boot, but offers good stiffnes and support in sole for heavier loads and rough terrain. Yet still reasonably flexible at forefoot. Overall very impressed, can hardly wait till spring to hit the trail for some overnight trips.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      OUCH!

      By Shozo.

      from El Paso, Texas

      About Me High-end shopper, Stylish

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great TreadSole
      • Stable
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Causes Hotspots or Blisters
      • Poor Fit
      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • High Altitude Hiking

      Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

      I bought these from EMS due to numerous internet recommendations and backing by some very well respected climbers. I am VERY prone to blisters (regardless of sock combination) and was extremely happy to hear about Salewa's Blister-Free Guarantee. Based on those things and the overall styling of the boot, I was sold.

      I received the boots and was very impressed with the overall fit and "finish." Walking on flat surfaces was a joy and the boot felt rigid, sturdy, and almost over-built (which I love). I took the boots outdoors and started an ascent trail (roughly 1,800ft from start to finish), and within the first ten minutes, my feet were on fire. I began to develop heel blisters, was experiencing hot spots on the top of my little toe, and was in a significant amount of general discomfort.

      I brought the boots home and tried to figure out the issue. The width is little narrow and there is no discernable cushioning and/or cup in the heel wall. I tried placing heel cups in the boot to give me a little friction barrier and hike #2 and #3 were just as painful.

      I don't need a plush boot with ridiculous amounts of padding/lining but I don't expect to be chewed upon during a hike either. Very disappointed in the boot and would not recommend it unless you are able to try it on in the store and you're not prone to blistering.

      Otherwise, stay clear.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Sweat

      By Adam

      from Poughkeepsie, NY

      About Me Comfort-oriented, Stylish, Trendy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Cushioning
      • Stable
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • My Feet Sweat Profusely

      Best Uses

      • Cold Weather
      • Wet Weather
      • Work

      Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

      Excellent Construction. Very durable. But I can not figure out with any sock combination to keep my feet from being soaked in sweat. It's very frustrating because I've never had such an issue. The only other brand I remember doing this was a cheap pair of Columbia's. I'm torn. If I can't figure out a comfortable solution I may have to go non waterproof to breath better.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Backpacker magazine recommended

      By Phoenix Hiker

      from Phoenix, AZ

      Pros

      • Breathes Well
      • Durable
      • Good Cushioning
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking
        • Hiking

        Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

        I have just used for a 5 mile day hike so far. I took advantage of Labor Day sale and will use boot when my other wears out. This boot was very hard on my heels. I'll have to use tape on them until the boot softens, if it does. Otherwise, it appears to be a good boot. It is well made, has sufficient toe room, is stable, provides good support and protection.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All around great boots!

        By Smithstar

        from Renton, WA

        About Me Military/Law Enforcement

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Breathes Well
        • Durable
        • Stable
        • Stylish
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cold Weather
          • Wet Weather

          Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

          These boots are awesome! I hike very technical terrain and these boots made it feel like I was gliding over sharp rocks. I had absolutely no issues of slipping and the boots really had a hold on any surface I challenged them with. I normally wear a size 14 shoe and the largest size these come in is 13 which was upsetting to me, but I purchased them anyways hoping that they might fit perfectly. They actually fit good and I could have used a size larger but they still feel like I can wear them with no problems. Unfortunately, I did develop a small blister on my right heel, but I do NOT attribute that to the construction of the boots, only that I'm really wearing a size too small. I'm hoping that after wearing them a few times they will "break in" a little and I won't have to worry about blisters. In any case, get these if you really want the best constructed boots to handle any type of technical terrain!

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too small
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best, bar none.

          By Padvinder

          from American living in Germany

          About Me High-end shopper, Military/Law Enforcement

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Cushioning
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Travel

            Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

            I'm a boot guy..have more pairs than one man should have ( according to my wife).. So believe me when I tell you these are first class. I have never had a pair of boots that I had no break in issues, no hot spots...comfort right out of the box.

            I have a very high arch, narrow heel; with every other boot there's always been a "honeymoon period" where my boots and I got to know each other. Not with these...plenty of room for my arch (didn't even have to remove the one layer of inner sole)...heel was snug with no rub, no hot spots at all.

            Bottom line, consider this boot. I bought the specifically for the Fjällraven Classic this summer, I have no doubts these are going to be just the ticket for this trek.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
             
            4.0

            AWESOME!

            By NH Hiker

            from NH

            About Me Comfort-oriented

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Good Cushioning
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

                Bought this boot a year ago, hiked in it all summer/fall in the White Mountains. Wore down the tread quite a bit, but nothing more than what is expected.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great boot - serious flaw

                By Cheffy

                from Ontario, Canada

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Cushioning
                • Light-Weight
                • Stable

                Cons

                • Causes Hotspots or Blisters
                • Too Stiff

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking
                • Off-trail

                Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

                I reviewed these boots shortly after buying them and without extensive use. I'd like to follow up.

                The boots have proven very durable, showing minimal wear after a year and several miles. Top marks for quality. The lower volume fit with a wider toe-box and forefoot are excellent. EMS is mistaken, this boot does not have a wide heel, though it isn't narrow either.

                The outsole traction is so-so - does well on rock, but is only ok in mud and terrible on wet wood and leaves. A toothier sole would be much better. The "climbing zone" in the front is almost useless.

                Completely waterproof. The goretex liner does the trick.

                Very light-weight and lower to the ground, keeps footing stable and reduces fatigue.

                Fairly stiff, more than needed for day-hikes and even for carrying loads. Better forefoot flex would help stabilize footing better.

                The main problem - as noted by others, is that the heel isn't padded at all, and the lacing "locks" the heel in tight. So tight, that it puts too much pressure on the heel causing blisters, especially if walking up-hill a lot. This is made worse by the stiffness of the boot. Not very noticeable on flatter walks. But since this is a "mountain" trainer, obviously designed with hills in mind, this flaw is nearly fatal to my feet, and I can't wear them for my intended use of backpacking through hilly areas.

                If the heel were padded and there was a bit more flex this would be a great boot. Unfortunately, I can't really wear it any longer and continue to search for a better fitting boot.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Salewa needs to rework the heel design

                By Avid adventurer

                from Boston, MA

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Stable

                Cons

                • Uncomfortable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about SALEWA Men's Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boots:

                  Having used Salewa's excellent Raven mountaineering boots pretty extensively I was excited to find these as a warmer weather alternative. I took them on a couple of long hikes in Scotland and Wales and encountered the same problem that a number of reviewers have had, namely the heel design. The section of the boot that cradles the heel is very hard and doesn't provide any cushioning. I didn't get any blistering from the boots, but I could easily feel all the force being directed against my heel bone on uphill segments (even with double socks), and by the end of the day I was hobbling. In terms of materials and construction this boot is everything I would expect from Salewa and I'm sure many hikers will find that it fits great, but the heel design is a dealbreaker for me.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width

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