The clue is in the name with these – ‘Alp Trainer’ pretty much sums things up, in that what you get is a trainer, or trail shoe, but reinforced for the tougher stuff. This is ‘bendy’ 2 season footwear, but with an ‘approach’ or scrambling pedigree… by which I mean that the grip has proved excellent on all terrain, and the lacing system is from toe to over-ankle, making for very precise and secure footing. Comfortable out of the box, I’ve absolutely battered these this spring and they’ve been excellent throughout, from soft snow, deep mud to saturated grass and slick rock. There’s a wraparound toe and heel counter for protection from pointy bits, a mesh upper for breathability and a goretex liner for as much waterproofing as you can expect – once submersed the foot cools quickly, but water takes a few hours to ingress properly. Salewa use something called ‘3F’ to link the instep with the sole and heel, and for me there is a lovely balance between ankle support and feedback from the ground in this mid. Recommended. Weight 555g per boot.
VERDICT: Comfortable from the box, excellent grip.
BEST FOR: Trekking to scrambling.
Review by David Lintern @