Verdict from 5 experts and 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The premium price of the boot paid off, as mentioned by several consumers.
  • Many appreciated the support of the Alp Trainer Mid GTX.
  • The right-out-of-the-box fit was admired by a couple of buyers.
  • A high percentage of users were mesmerized with the grip of the hiking boot. They have tried it on different surfaces including wet, rocky, muddy and snowy ones. They did not have any issues with its traction.
  • Despite the bulky appearance, the pair still offered a lightweight feel, according to a few satisfied wearers. One of them, an expert, barely noticed that he was wearing any boots at all.
  • Numerous users admired the comfort brought by the Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX.
  • The customizable insole was splendid, as noted by a handful of purchasers. They said that they were able to get their desired fit with just the interchangeable layer of the insole.
  • Several users approved of its quality and well-thought-out design.
  • The durability of the pair was undeniable, as mentioned by a considerable number of Salewa brand loyalists.
  • Its excellent lacing system astounded one professional gear reviewer.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A significant percentage of wearers found the boot to be too narrow.
  • Some users were displeased as they developed blisters in the heel area. One saved her heel by using athletic tapes.
  • An expert had to complain about the boot’s insufficient breathability.

Bottom line

The steep price of the Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX was worth it based on consumers. The boot was supportive yet lightweight. The fit, comfort and undeniable durability also impressed users. The closure system, traction and customizable insoles of the pair received praises. Likewise, its light construction and quality were appreciated. However, the Alp Trainer Mid GTX has shortcomings too. People were disappointed with its narrow width and blister-causing heel region. Its lackluster breathability also didn’t win the favor of a professional footwear critic.

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Good to know

  • From a 1.8 mm full suede upper and Kevlar rands, the updated version now has a 1.6 - 1.8 mm suede, PU leather rand and stretch fabric. This combination delivers more flexibility and durability. The PU coated leather rand acts as a protective edging to add strength to the boot.
  • The improved design of the Alp Trainer Mid GTX brought about a decrease in weight. Its predecessor weighs 590 g for men and 500 g for women. The updated version is now lighter.
  • The removable Multi Fit Footbed (MFF) and EVA foam with PUR heel shock absorber comprise the midsole of the updated footwear. These materials are mainly responsible for the provision of support and cushioning to the users.
  • The Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX uses a Vibram Hike Approach outsole. It is designed with the necessary traction, flexibility and durability for tackling various terrains.
  • The 3F system, commonly referred as the Salewa “Y” adds rigidity to the boot without adding too much weight. It uses a steel wire which holds the heel in place and guarantees a 100% blister-free experience.
  • This pair also uses the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort for breathability and waterproofness. The Cleansport NXT feature maintains the freshness of the foot and keeps it odor-free during activities.

The Alp Trainer Mid GTX men’s version is offered from 8 to 14. Women’s variant ranges from 5 to 11. The boot fairly runs true to size. It comes in standard width. The Climbing Lacing extends to the toes for a customized fit. It is one of the features in the integrated patented technologies of Salewa’s 100% blister free guarantee.

The Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX uses Vibram Hike Approach sole. It has aggressive lugs engineered for hiking on and off the trail. It gives the boot durability and flexibility. Flexible soles are lightweight and provide comfort when tackling a variety of terrain.

The midsole of the Alp Trainer Mid GTX is a lightweight EVA foam combined with a PUR heel shock absorber. It takes care of the cushioning and safety against impacts when taking on challenging grounds.

This boot has Multi Fit Footbed (MFF) which is a part of Salewa’s 100% blister free guarantee. This footbed permits an individualized fit. The product comes with a yellow layer which can be placed to accommodate a medium-width foot. If the user has a wide foot, then there's no need to use the yellow insert.

To maintain an odor-free, in-shoe environment, Salewa has incorporated the Cleansport NXT to this boot. This technology is 100% natural and works by destroying the odor-causing bacteria stimulated by sweat during activities.

The upper of the Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX is made from a combination of a 1.6 mm - 1.8 mm suede and stretch fabric. It is reinforced with a PU coated leather rand that runs around the boot. It makes the pair flexible and durable.

The Gore-Tex Extended Comfort is a waterproof lining that maintains breathability through its non-insulated construction. This membrane is designed for moderate to warm conditions and activities with high levels of perspiration.

The proprietary 3F support system combines flexibility, ankle support and precise fit in the Alp Trainer Mid GTX. It provides a secure lockdown of the feet to avoid blisters and hot spots. Likewise, the pull loop on the heel permits smooth on and off.

  • The Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX received the Backpacker Magazines’ 2011 Editors’ Choice award. This recognition is given annually to outstanding innovations in the outdoor industry.
  • Men’s Journal magazine also recognized the Alp Trainer Mid GTX as one of the most innovative products. It was included in their Gear of the Year 2011 product list.
  • The National Geographic acknowledged this boot as one of the 28 Gear of the Year 2011 must-have products.


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