For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 20.5ozWomen: 18oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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93 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
It is a great boot that blurs the lines between approach shoe and backpacking boot.
All in all, Salewa’s Alp Flow Mid GTX is a sturdy and comfortable all-around boot for backpacking or rugged, wet dayhiking.
The Salewa Alp Flow hiking boots have gone with me on every single trip from the moment I got them before Memorial Day weekend backpacking, to Half Dome to 4th of July backpacking and they are still as comfortable as ever.
The miraculously universal fit of this mid-duty boot means killer comfort over long miles.
Updates to Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX
- Salewa created the Alp Flow Mid GTX to offer optimal breathability and comfort. The Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX has an EVA midsole with a nylon shank which balances cushioning and firmness. A footbed with Gore-Tex Surround technology maximizes breathability.
- As part of the 100% blister-free guarantee, the brand incorporated the 3F system and climbing lacing in this boot. Also, the upper is made of nubuck and ballistic mesh with air vents, lined with a Gore-Tex laminate. A toe rand and a pull loop contribute to the construction of the upper.
- Its Vibram Hike Approach outsole is responsible for delivering traction. This allows users to tackle various terrain types.
Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX size and fit
The Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX is a day hiking boot for men and women. It is offered in full and half sizes. Its climbing lacing and locking lace hook near the ankle, work together to give a precise and more customized fit. It comes in standard width and generally runs true to size.
Thanks to the Vibram Hike Approach outsole, this boot grants traction on varied terrain. Its aggressive, deep lugs bite into ground surfaces. The large contact area on the toe and heel area render a secure foothold on uphill and downhill trails.
The EVA midsole of the Alp Flow Mid GTX absorbs shock from impacts. The nylon shank embedded into it renders rigidity and protection from sharp objects.
The Gore-Tex Surround technology is applied to the removable footbed of this hiking boot. It enables 360-degree breathability, maintaining a fresh and dry environment.
This mid-cut day hiking boot has 1.6 mm nubuck leather and ballistic mesh, offering durability and flexibility. Also, the upper is designed with perforations to promote breathability. The non-insulated, waterproof Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lines this pair.
The 3F system promotes stability and comfort. It helps keep the heel in place which eliminates frequent rubbing, thus preventing blisters. A rubber rand shields the toes against rocks. Its climbing lacing grants secure foot lockdown, and a pull loop at the heel assists in on and off.