Salewa Rapace GTX
A proper hiking boot can do wonders in regards to performance and protection. This is because they are specially designed to both offer safety and protection features like rock plates and special supports meant to help hikers specifically.
The higher collar helps protect the ankle from rolls and sprains. In addition to this, the traction is typically a little stickier than running shoes, helping the hiker avoid slips and falls when on trails. The overlays across the upper of the boot are usually a little stiffer as well to help create a more supportive and stable system for the foot.
And hiking boot usually also offers a larger toe bumper to protect the toes and the shoe from bumps along the path, as well as some sort of rock plate in order to protect the underside of the foot from sharp rocks encountered. When considering a hike it is very important to consider the type of footwear needed before venturing out.
This article is a product review on the Salewa Rapace GTX, a hiking boot offered by Salewa. We looked at what buyers thought of this product in all aspects including quality, protection, and durability. We also looked at whether this product is worth the cost associated with it. We hope this article serves you in your next hiking footwear purchase.
High levels of arch and ankle support
High comfort and no break-in period
Decent level of traction
Questions on boots actual waterproofing abilities
Some durability concerns across outsole
These boots are also Crampon compatible. Crampon is a traction device meant for walking on ice. They offer blade-like cleats that grip ice extremely well in order to walk on ice without slipping.
Those who bought these found them to quite supportive right out of the box. They understood before buying the boot that their support was a little on the stiffer side and had no issues with this. In fact, many were surprised by how comfortable they are despite the stiff support.
Those who bought these found that their traction was impressive right out of the box. In addition to this, they really appreciated the clip-on addition. That said, there were some issues in regards to the durability of the outsole even with the Vibram integration. This is discussed later in the quality section.
Unfortunately, those who wore these shoes were very disappointed with their waterproofing abilities. In fact, reviewers went through areas of light frost and found their feet wet which is a problem. Though this is the case, those who bought these were very impressed with the lightweight nature of them even with Nubuck leather (which can be slightly heavier) and with how durably the uppers of these boots are which is positive.
SIZE & WEIGHT
They fit a little wider making them ideal for wider set feet. The different components of these shoes were specially designed not to weigh the boot down which helps avoid foot and leg fatigue over time. In addition to this, it helps with the weight that crampons can cause.
Those who bought these were really impressed with their weight and regularly noted how great they felt on their feet. Not only are they quite supportive but they are also very comfortable right out of the box which is really positive.
AIRFLOW & WATERPROOFING
As far as waterproofing goes, those who bought these found that this model was a big disappointment when anywhere near water. It could be as simple as the dew that caused wet socks and this is a serious issue for those in wetter climates. It should also be seriously considered before buying these.
COMFORT & CUSHIONING
The flex collar is also something worth noting. Those who bought these found the collar to be quite comfortable both due to the material used as well as how flexible the collar and heel of this boot are. They found that they were able to move around easily but also felt supported, two areas that can sometimes conflict with one another. Luckily, not with the Rapace GTX.
They come in a couple of different color options depending on the wearer and they look like they are made of quality materials (Nubuck leather). Those who bought these appreciated their appearance and liked wearing them with jeans.
LONGEVITY & OVERALL QUALITY
It also provides a higher collar with a flexible design. This protects the ankle from rolls and injuries, especially when in stickier situations.
Reviewers really appreciated its fiberglass insole as well as its solid foundation. They felt safe and protected with these on their feet.
In addition to this, the collar (as mentioned earlier) is also quite flexible in order for a little more free movement without actually giving up the safety required when hiking. Flexibility is important because this helps with the responsiveness of the boot. When hiking and mountaineering, different surfaces are encountered including icy, wet and muddy. This means sliding and slipping which can lead to injury.
The benefit of a flexible boot is that the foot has enough responsiveness to react faster and stabilize the hiker. This means a safer trip and a better experience.
SUPPORT & BALANCE
Reviewers really appreciated both their traction and their high collar stating that they felt very secure in these and that they were able to tackle more advanced climbs as a result of their stabilizing features.
Reviewers appreciated the lacing system, noting that their ankles felt supported in them. Even those with injuries felt that their ankle didn't hurt as much when wearing these.
COST & VALUE
On one side, they offer really great and reliable features including the crampon attachment. On the other side, there are serious concerns about the durability of their outsole as well as pretty low satisfaction with the waterproofing system.
They are made of quality materials and are (for the most part) constructed well. They aren't as versatile as alternatives on the market, though, that are a little more fashionable and thus offer more versatility.
- Climbing lacing system for protection of the ankle
- Vibram outsole for better traction
- GORE-TEX waterproofing
- Flex collar for better flexibility
- Fiberglass insole for protection
- Nubuck leather upper for flexibility and durability
- Lightweight design for less early-onset foot and leg fatigue
On the plus side, they are quite comfortable and require no break-in period. If the hiker is looking for a pair of boots that can handle traveling in right away- these will work. They are also insanely stable and look really great too. They offer great impact reduction, as well as fantastic traction. Those who bought these boots felt safe and secure in them.
On the negative side- they have some serious durability concerns, they are not cheap and they don't seem to offer the same waterproofing knowing by GORE-TEX. These flaws make them a fairly tough sell. For those looking for a nice boot meant to be worn on less rugged trails, these boots would suit them. For those looking for something that can handle a little wear and tear with a lower price tag, these may be a little bit of a letdown.