Verdict from 2 experts and 28 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • A handful of owners admired the quality construction of the upper.
  • Its compatibility with crampons received commendation from an expert.
  • A mountain climber loved the Climbing Lacing feature as it gave him more confidence and boot control on areas involving dry tooling.
  • It was surprisingly comfortable, based on some user reviews.
  • A couple of mountaineers said that its ultra expensive price was worth it.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An expert reviewer stated that it needs to be broken in before a trip.
  • A small group of testers noticed that it fits those with narrower foot better.

Bottom line

The Salewa Vultur Vertical GTX catered to the needs of mountaineers on their adventures. Its features and quality build were admired, along with its crampon compatibility. However, it seems that it was not able to accommodate a broader range of foot types. Overall, setting aside its minor setbacks, the Salewa Vultur Vertical GTX is a worthy purchase.

Good to know

  • The Salewa Vultur Vertical GTX is a robust alpine boot. Its protective upper is made of fabrics and linings which protect, insulate and render comfort. The 3F system, 3D lacing, Climbing Lacing, Flex Collar and Overlap Closing are some of the features complementing the upper.
  • The Full Pro Sole feature includes a Pebax midsole which works with a stiff nylon insole and Multi Fit Footbed + (MFF+). Together, they deliver a cushioned and supportive ride.
  • A Vibram/Salewa mountaineering outsole gives underfoot protection. Its deep lugs and tread pattern handle most of the terrain.

The Vultur Vertical GTX is a men’s mountaineering boot that comes in regular sizes and standard width. Salewa also incorporated their fit technologies in this gear. One feature is called the 3D lacing. It allows the user to customize fit on the forefoot, midfoot and cuff. Another is the Climbing Lacing. It renders a precise fit on the toe-area. Finally, the 3F system which connects the instep to the sole and heel helps maintain an accurate fit and support.

The Vibram/Salewa Pro outsole has a mountaineering tread which grips on mud and snow. Its aggressive lugs enable it to bite on surfaces while preventing slips through its self-cleaning profile. The climbing toe zone assists wearers on steep slopes. 

This high-cut mountaineering boot uses a Pebax midsole which offers a lightweight ride. Its characteristics include resistance to tear and impact, as well as maximizing energy return for enhanced walking comfort. It is also compatible with crampons.

The Multi Fit Footbed + (MFF+) has interchangeable layers to accommodate a range of foot shapes. An insole made of nylon and 27% fiberglass brings stiffness without adding too much weight.

The Vultur Vertical GTX uses a combination of Superfabric and Microfiber, giving the upper abrasion resistance and durability. It has the waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort laminate with Duratherm XL. This lining also maximizes heat retention under low temperatures. Cleansport NXT is added to naturally eliminate odor, maintaining a dry and fresh environment.

A 360-degree rubber rand protects against scuffs while a integrated gaiter with a push button prevents debris from getting inside the boot. The Flex Collar features a curved shape to promote the ankle’s range of motion and comfort on descents. The Overlap Closing of the tongue wraps the foot and provides comfort to the arches. The metal hooks and micro pulleys make lacing up easier.

  • This boot is compatible with automatic (step-in) crampons.


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