Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX
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.
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.
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Backpacker Magazine 2011 Editor's Choice Award winner. The new generation of hiking boots. Lighter, more technical, and with a superior design.The Men's Alpine Trainer Mid GTX from Salewa combines the comfort and support of hiking boots with the technical features of approach footwear, such as lightness, rugged sticky Vibram soles, climbing lacing, full Kevlar protected rands, and elastic collar construction. A Mid cut version for more support and safety around the ankles.
The Salewa mountaineering heritage is evident in their new hiking boots. Salewa blends features mountaineering inspired features with a hiker's sensibilities. The result? A perfect balance of stiffness, flexibility, and remarkable comfort. Supple 1.8mm full suede upper offers the breathability and durability of leather construction with little break-in GORE-TEX(R) liner provides waterproof, breathable comfort Sticky Vibram(R) Hike Approach offer high performance traction typically reserved for approach shoes Full Vibram(R) toe rand in case you find yourself in class 5 scramble scenario Kevlar(R) fiber rands protect leather from abrasions Elastic collar construction offers ankle support with freedom of movement 3F system power: Unbeatable combination of flexibility, ankle support and precise fit Steel wire system provides addition heel containment, keeping heel from moving Climbing lacing delivers variable fit and customizable lacing Kevlar laces won't fray
A great choice for trail adventures, the Salewa Alp Trainer Mid Gore-Tex hiking shoes offer the support of hiking boots and the lightness and technical features of approach shoes. Suede leather uppers with Cordura(R) nylon accents feature full Kevlar(R) rands for superior protection on approach hikes. Salewa Y support system runs steel wire along the ankles and heels for lightweight support and heel containment; supportive design makes them great for carrying a pack. Extended lacing towards the toes offers a more precise fit. Gore-Tex(R) waterproof membranes let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping you dry and comfortable. Nylon linings wick moisture away from the feet for comfort during intense activities. EVA midsoles absorb shock, cushion feet and provide gentle support. Vibram sticky rubber soles provide good grip when you're on the trail and scrambling on rock.
You don't like limits, and you don't want to sit down to change your shoes every time the terrain changes. The Salewa Men's Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots combine the lightweight comfort of hikers with the technical features of aggressive approach shoes. Burn through the miles on the flats or scramble to the base of a vertical face. Either, way your Alp Trainers are ready to move.