Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX



Maximum support in a lightweight but sturdy package!

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $198 (online, no shipping or tax)


Maximum support in a lightweight but sturdy package!


  • Lightweight
  • Unmatched ankle support
  • Variable insole

The Ozarks are a rocky place.  An up and down place.  A hot and humid place.

The Alp Trainer Mid GTX by Salewa handles all this well. Despite the "no break in" guarantee, I did wear them around the house for several days to make sure fit was good before putting a pack on the trail.

The most surprising thing about Salewa is that their shoes and boots have an insole that is adjustable. This is accomplished by having a 2-piece insole that uses a thin velcro piece to attach the pieces together. Remove the yellow piece of the insert from the main insole and the shoe allows for wider feet (or thicker socks). After using them all summer, I still do not feel the velcro under the main insole.

Using them in the heat and humidity was not an issue. The uppers breathe well. I have not run into much wet weather while wearing them, but stepping through shallow streams did not leave my feet wet. I guess that means the Goretex works so far for that; sustained wet weather may be different.

These were used for a week on the Current River section of the Ozark Trail and several smaller trips. The section is quite rocky — some loose, almost gravel like while most is just plain rocky. The Vibram soles held up well, as did the kevlar wraps on the uppers. The steel cable that anchors the heel helps tremendously when stabilizing foot roll. They are billed as hiking + 45 lbs, and seems to me to be perfect for lightweight backpacking.

So far, I would purchase these again. I expect that they will last quite a while, though, so I don't see a need for that: the build quality is excellent. Though I've only used them for one summer, I have no doubt they will last for quite a while longer.


Welcome to Trailspace, Eric! Thanks for sharing your first gear reviews with us. I hope you'll keep us posted on how the boots continue to hold up.

8 months ago

It is quite easy to get wet if it rains hard.  I…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $179

It is quite easy to get wet if it rains hard.  I don't know from where rain get inside shoes. But I find the Gore-tex material inside the shoe does not cover the inner bottom of the shoe. That means if there is a crack in the sole, the water may get inside through the crack.

Maybe it is because my socks are wet so my toe gets one blister after the 50-km trek. It will be good shoe if you don't wear them in  a rainy day.


Despite some early reservations about the fit of this…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $179

Despite some early reservations about the fit of this boot (found toe space fine, midfoot quite narrow), I took it on a rugged Catskills hike yesterday despite minimal break-in. I wanted to test the "Blister Free" promise, and must say i found them to be generally comfortable.  

Once the grips were scruffed up and not as slippery, I found the running watery trails, slippery leaves,  deep mud and loose rocks were no match for the Alp Trainer. The reinforced heel area stopped many an ankle roll, that i had experienced from other, lesser boots. 

Let's see how they hold up over the next few months! More to follow.