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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Mountaineering Boots I live in Anchorage, Alaska. I have bought several brands of mountaineering boots, and this is the best for temperatures above 0 degrees celcius. Is this a boot to wear in December and January in Alaska? No, but for all other purposes, this is the best boot on the market. It hugs your foot perfectly--no blisters even when breaking them in--provides stability and control, and takes a crampon that will actually stay on and won't come off in snow. I generally don't write reviews, but I had to for this one because I'm concerned I'm concerned people will overlook it based on its brand or look. This is the perfect boot for Alaska conditions for casual hiking or intense mountaineering. Buy this boot.
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally found it. I felt obligated to write this review after a long hard search for a boot to meet a unique set of criteria. I needed a boot that: is 3-season, has great ankle support, excels at scrambling, eats up miles of trekking with comfort, takes a crampon, and is light weight. It seemed too good to be true that the Crow GTX met all these requirements without any compromising. Yesterday I took the boots out of the box for a wet, muddy, icy, and snowy hike up mount Pilchuck to see how the boots performed. Long story short they exceeded my expectations. Incredible traction on wet rock, dry feet after numerous mud/slush puddles, easy kick steps in compact snow, and no hot spots or blisters right out of the box. Great boot.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable, Warm, Comfortable and Dry I purchased these boots for an upcoming trip to Whitney via the Mountaineers Route. In preparation, I summited Mt San Jacinto to test out some gear– these boots were phenomenal. The boots are very comfortable (no rubbing, hotspots, etc), very warm (but not too much) and are able to kick steps into denser ice and snow. While the boot still have some flex, I found it rigid enough to ice climb a little bit. NOTE: My only qualm with the boots is that after wearing them for 8 hours my feet felt constricted. Perhaps I should have gotten a larger size or perhaps I simple need to break in the boot some more. Either way, I don't regret purchasing this boot AT ALL.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great intermediate mountaineering boots! I already own La Sportiva Cube fully rigid mountaineering boots (they take automatic crampons) and heavy-duty backpacking boots Mammut GTX (which I used twice to summit Whitney with ice axe and strap-on crampons on the mountaineering route). I was looking for something between: Not crazy uncomfortable during the approach (like the Cubes, as any other fully rigid boot), but also more suited for moderate mountaineering routes with potential technical sections than my hiking boots. The Crow just fit the bill. Stiff enough to handle some front pointing on ice/snow and climb 5.9 indoor rock on toes (which I did to test them), but also with some minimal amount of flex to make the easy part of the climb (the approach) actually enjoyable!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally mountaineering boots I love I have gone through several different pairs from different vendors and never found anything more than tolerable for me. These though provide a great balance between stiffness and ability and comfort. I've taken on everything from general hikes, to difficult scrambles, to full multi-pitch lower grade trad climbs (with all the related approaches). I only wish they have toe welts so I could use my automatic crampons but it seems no one makes a 3 season boot that does this. I'm going to have to try out the winter version to see if I can replace my winter mountaineering boots as well.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from geezer support on rocky icy trails I searched long and hard for a hiking boot which would provide a semblance of what mountaineering boots provided decades ago. The Crow provides everything I dreamed of and more in a comfortable and light weight package. For rough terrain nothing else comes close.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from still getting used to this boot bought this boot a couple weeks ago when REI put them on sale. I read the other REI reviews prior to purchasing. have put about 30 miles on the boots in So. Cal's san Gabriel mountains. am still having issues with hot spots on my heels. I am in the process of using moleskin, and that seems to lessen the impact, and I am hopeful that after the boot is broken in and stretched a bit, these issues will resolve themselves. I normally wear a size 12 in hiking boots, and read that these boots run a bit small. but I bought the size 12 anyway, since the next step up was a size 13, and I thought that would be just too big. the 12s fit snug, and like I said, I hope that these early issues resolve themselves. boots are still at the ankles, but I am assuming that is what you want with mountaineering boots, when compared to heavy duty "hiking" boots. will report back later. off to San Gorgonio in two weeks, plant to try on the hybrid crampons with this boot.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alaska sheep hunting I bought these after trying on several of the top tier hiking boots. They fit great and the multi layer inserts work great if you want a warmer sock remove some of the pad. I was in the Tok management area after Dall sheep. I had a chance at a large ram but couldn't seal the deal. The boots really performed well and no blisters at all. Highly recommend size 10.5 Usa
Date published: 2017-09-06
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Questions & Answers

Would the Salewa Crow GTX be suitable for a Rainier summit in the summer? I plan on hiking other various 14ers out west this summer and my current La Sportiva goretex boots (non-mountaineering) do not protect my feet enough from getting cold and wet.

Asked by: Jeff
If you are not using the boot for glacier summits only the boot will work great. But it depends on your route and I am assuming you are doing the dog route (DC). You will not wear the boots out on a few glacier climbs.
Answered by: Solo climber
Date published: 2017-10-16

How do the crow GTX compare with the salewa Ms Condor GTX? I love my condors and the crow looks similar.

Asked by: Jjjj
​These shoes are similar to the Salewa Condor GTX boots. They are great for summer mountaineering expeditions when you are looking for a lightweight boot that does not compromise durability.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-01

How does the sole stiffness of the Salewa Crow compare to the Salewa Rapace?

Asked by: AncAK
Actually, the sole stiffness of Crow and Rapace is not similar. I got both both model because I was concerned about the stiffness and I wanted to compare. They both take hybrid crampons (lips only on heels), and for some reason they have identical technical specs on the Salewa website, but the Rapace is comparable to a heavy duty stiff hiking boot. It will bend significantly if you stand with all your your body weight on your toes. Good for via ferrata / light mountaineering / glacier traverse / winter backpacking. On the other hand, the Crow is much stiffer, and it will give just a minimal amount of bending as expected by stiff hybrid mountaineer boots (just enough to be super comfortable on approaches). Good for intermediate technical routes where some front pointing is to be expected. I could easily climb 5.9 indoor with those boots standing on my toes, no flex, very light, and precise. Excellent intermediate mountaineering boots and excellent pick by REI.
Answered by: Picozza
Date published: 2018-01-29

Hi, I'm going to do the Everest base camp 3 passes trek in november and then Anapurna Circuit in february. Would these shoes be a good choice? I'm a bit worried about how they handle snow and low temparatures.

Asked by: Sylwia
These boots are a fine choice for Everest basecamp as they are designed to be summer mountaineering boots. In regards to your trek in February, depending on the conditions you may have cold feet unless paired with a mountaineering sock and liner.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-17

looking for a 3season alpine boot that I can wear in places like Patagonia where I need to cross snow and ice to get to rock. These seem like the best fit but I would like an opinion. I also want to know what size to get I wear 9.5 in keens and vans.

Asked by: Derrick
​These are an excellent choice for trekking through Patagonia; we recommend ordering a ½ size up from your normal street shoe.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-13

Can these be resoled if the sole wears out?

Asked by: AKkev
Yes, these boots can be resoled.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-02

What type of crampon binding do these boots take?

Asked by: Derrick
​These boots will accept hybrid or strap crampons.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-19

I wear a size 14 Nike shoe..are these going to fit my feet? If not is there something else similar that will?

Asked by: Aaron
We recommend ordering ½ size up from your traditional street shoe size. These shoes would not fit you since you would need a 14.5.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-30
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