Verdict from 88 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Almost everyone who reviewed this boot raved about its amazing comfort.
  • Based on several reports, the Vultur GTX provided a precise fit.
  • Less than a handful of reviewers grew very fond of the Vultur GTX for its remarkable climbing performance.
  • A small number of owners became genuinely satisfied with the boot’s A-grade lightness.
  • Its ability to keep warm in cold temperatures impressed one user.
  • A mountaineer was surprised with the flexibility of the Vultur GTX.
  • A gear tester appreciated the 3F technology from Salewa which gave him a good heel fit.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer got utterly annoyed by the gear’s striking neon green upper.
  • An avid mountaineer wished that there was a pull tab at the heel to help in donning and doffing the boot.

Bottom line

Devoted mountaineers are in for a treat with the Salewa Vultur GTX. Besides having a ton of comfort, it also fits surprisingly well. Its climbing performance is nothing to be scoffed at either. That said, its eye-catching color scheme might not win the favor of those who prefer simplicity in their gear. All in all, the Salewa Vultur GTX more than makes up for its conspicuous design with its short-but-sweet list of commendable qualities.

Good to know

  • The Salewa Vultur GTX is built on the 3F System which promotes support and flexibility by linking the sole, heel, and instep regions together. It is engineered with the Flex Collar for improved mobility. Its water protection is a liner courtesy of Gore-Tex.
  • Its leather upper has an overlapping construction. This means that the boot’s tongue is connected to the rest of the upper, walling off unwanted debris. 
  • This boot is imbued with Cleansport NXT. This technology is bonded to the footwear’s fabric surfaces to fight off odor-causing bacteria.
  • Its sole unit is called Vibram WTC or Wrapthread Combi. This unified component makes the boot compatible with semi-automatic (hybrid) crampons. 

Salewa’s Vultur GTX is an adequately true-to-size, unisex mountaineering boot with an over-the-ankle shaft cut. It is offered in standard width. It comes in an array of whole and half sizes. A personalized fit may be achieved via the boot’s 3D Lacing system. Female climbers are advised to get the Vultur GTX one size smaller than their actual size to get an accurate fit.

Preventing users from slipping on craggy surfaces is the Vultur GTX’s Vibram WTC outsole. It has a combination of patterned treads and aggressively shaped lugs on its surface. It is also engineered to have a heel brake—an outsole feature that keeps the user from falling or slipping while descending slopes. 

The Salewa Vultur GTX has the ability to cushion the wearer’s feet and adequately absorb shock thanks to its Bilight midsole. This component is primarily made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). It has a stiff part which is made with a combination of fiberglass (at 27%) and nylon. 

Default to this Salewa gear is the multi-layer MFF+ footbed. It can be adjusted according to the user’s preference. 

With its 2.6-mm thick Perwanger suede leather upper, the Vultur GTX by Salewa gets to provide ample comfort and abrasion protection in its durable confines. It is crafted with a waterproof and breathable liner called Gore-Tex Performance Comfort. A sturdy rubber rand surrounds the upper’s lower region to improve the boot’s defenses against scrapes and scuffs. 

The gear’s lacing hardware mainly consists of metallic eyelets. About half of these set eyelets are open hooks which allow for quick lacing configurations. 


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