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.
Date published: 2018-01-29