Salewa Mens Rapace GTX Night Black

Salewa Mens Rapace GTX Night Black

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The Rapace is a tough, lightweight, beautifully made mountaineering and alpine trekking boot with a robust suede leather, a Gore-Tex membrane and Salewa's brilliant 3F support system.


Season : 2020S C OFFER

Code : 61332-0960-

Weight : 0KG

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What is the Rapace GTX?

The Rapace GTX is a tough, beautifully made alpine trekking and lightweight mountaineering boot with superb underfoot comfort and flexible support for unrivalled comfort during long treks and arduous mountain days.  It's ideal for alpine trekking, scrambling or via-ferrata and will accept semi-automatic crampons for a spot of winter mountaineering. 

If I had to give this boot a “B” rating, I’d go for B1.5.

What is the construction?


Beginning with the outer materials, Salewa use a tough 1.6mm thick Nubuk leather around the upper of the boot to provide comfort, durability and breathability in warmer conditions. The whole of the tongue area is made from a nylon softshell like fabric that reduces bulk and increases comfort over that sensitive part of your foot.

A full rubber rand wraps around the lower half to deal with sharp rocks and general abuse.


Underneath the tough outer is a fully waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. As well as keeping your feet dry and comfortable, it allows your sweat to escape, reducing overall moisture build-up inside the boot.


Increasing comfort is Salewa's dual-density Bilight Technology. This technology has been applied to the midsole of the boot to cushion hard impacts (especially during descents) and to provide superior support thanks to the 3D, ergonomically shaped, design which cradles your foot throughout the day.


Unlike most, quite frankly pretty poor footbeds, Salewa's MMF footbed (multi fit footbed) gives you a comfortable and supportive main footbed and enclosed in the box is a second one which can be added to reduce the volume of the boot; this allows you to customise the fit depending on the volume and shape of your foot.


A reliable and durable Vibram WTC outsole has an aggressive tread pattern that gives excellent traction yet provides a natural feel and secure grip on rock. There is an especially aggressive heal breast to provide even more control when descending. The combination of Vibram WTC sole and the Bilight TPU midsole the provides long-lasting cushioning compared to traditional sole/midsole construction.

What are the features?

Although the Rapace GTX has a stiff and supportive construction it doesn't compromise on overall comfort. Traditional 'stiff' boots would be heavy, clunky and not only stiff underfoot, but also around your ankle. The Rapace GTX uses Salewa's flex collar to ensure a natural movement and flex so it doesn’t feel restrictive or uncomfortable. Essentially when leaning forward or backwards (when ascending or descending), the collar of the boot is flexible and free moving, however laterally you still have full support for uneven terrain.

Salewa have also incorporated their brilliant '3F' system into the Rapace GTX to provide the most secure and comfortable fit around the heel. Heel lift can be a problem in stiffer boots, especially when ascending, the 3F system uses a pair of wires which, as you tighten the laces, pulls the whole heel area into your foot to keep it locked into place.

How do the Rapace GTX fit?

I’m a UK size 9 and this pair of UK9/EU43 are spot on size wise, there’s plenty of room at the front of my toes to avoid the dreaded toe bang on descents, and they hold my heel securely. They also have enough room in them for thicker socks if required.

Overall, they have a roomy toe box, without being too wide, and they fit securely around the ankle with a nicely close-fitting heel cup. The fit would suit most people, unless you have very wide and high-volume feet. But remember, you can adjust the MMF footbed to fine tune the fit.

Getting footwear sizing right online can be tricky, we would always recommend that you visit us in our Hereford shop for a pro-boot fit, but if that’s not feasible, have a look at our Footwear Fitting video.


If you’re a mountain enthusiast, a climber, walker, backpacker or scrambler who also enjoys a spot of winter mountaineering, the Rapace GTX is the perfect all-rounder and will perform superbly in almost every mountain activity, at any time of year.

  • 3F system provides a superior fit
  • Gore-Tex membrane keeps your feet dry
  • Flex Collar allows forward and backward movement but not lateral
  • Durable suede leather
  • Full 360° rubber rand
  • Deep lugged vibram sole
  • Aggressive heel breast for controlled descents
Care & Advice

Here at Trekitt we know all too well of the difficulties people face when purchasing footwear online. The hardest part is being confident that you have picked the correct fitting footwear, so that is what we will cover in this blog (or if you prefer you can CLICK HERE to watch our video).

In our Hereford shop we offer a professional boot fitting service where we assess your feet, find a selection of boots that match you foot shape and most importantly we make sure that they are comfortable. This is easy to do in the shop, where we have access to the right tools, the option of letting you try on as many styles as you like and a knowledgeable member of staff that can communicate directly with you regarding your needs.

But let’s not dwell on what you don’t have, instead we shall teach you how to ascertain your size using some common household objects.

What you will need:

  1. A piece of A4 paper
  2. A pen or pencil
  3. A floor and a flat wall
  4. A ruler or tape measure

What you need to do:

  1. Put on the socks that you intend to use with the footwear you have selected
  2. Place the paper/cardboard on the floor with one end flush against a wall
  3. Stand on the A4 paper with your heel pressed firmly against the wall and your foot pointed forward with the edge of your big toe aligned with the edge of the paper.
  4. Draw a line just in front of your big toe
  5. Measure the distance from the wall edge of the paper to the line you drew
  6. Repeat the process for the other foot
  7. Finally, check the longer of the two measurements against the table below to find your size
Your measurement (cm) UK Size EU Size
21.7 3 35
22.1 3.5 36
22.5 4 37
22.9 4.5 37.5
23.3 5 38
23.7 5.5 39
24.1 6 39.5
24.5 6.5 40
24.9 7 41
25.4 7.5 41.5
25.8 8 42
26.2 8.5 42.5
26.6 9 43
27 9.5 44
27.4 10 44.5
27.8 10.5 45
28.3 11 46
28.8 11.5 46.5
29.2 12 47
29.6 12.5 47.5
30 13 48
30.4 13.5 49

NOTE: The above table is only a guide. Manufactures don’t like to make it easy as every single one of them strays from the measurements above.

So, once you have received your chosen footwear please take the time to do these simple tests to check they are actually the right size and that they fit the rest of your foot correctly.

The length test

  1. Whip out the removable footbed from the boots.
  2. Put them on the floor about shoulder-width apart.
  3. With your socks on, stand on the footbeds making sure that your heels are right to the back of the heel cup.
  4. You should now be able to see approximately 2 cm (about an index fingers width) of the footbed poking out in front of your toes.

If you can see this amount of space then you are pretty much on the way to making sure that your boots are the correct size. This space between your toes and the end of the footbed ensures that you will not stub your toes on the inside of the boot when you descend. This can be excruciatingly painful. If you can’t see this amount of space then it’s a good bet that the boots will be too small.

The heel lift test

This test will tell you if the shape of the internal heel cup matches your heel to ensure it holds you securely, especially when ascending steep ground. We are trying to eliminate the dreaded heel blister.

Before you commence this test it is imperative that you have laced the boots correctly.

  1. Tap your heel so it’s as far back in the boot as possible, being sure to keep your foot at a right angle to your leg at all times during the next few steps.
  2. Make sure that the laces have no slack in them across the forefoot by starting at the front of the boot and working the slack backwards and to the top. You should just be able to squeeze the end section of your finger under the laces, not easily, but just about.
  3. If you are wearing shoes then ensure the last upper part of the lacing is tight, not cutting off your circulation tight, but certainly comfortably snug as this will hold your heel back in the heel cup and will reduce any excess slipping (If you are wearing boots, this will be the eyelets that sit just below/inline the ankle).
  4. Please also make sure when trying out boots that use all the lace hooks, don’t be tempted to leave the top one undone as your foot needs to be held securely right in the back of the boot.
  5. Now that your boots are done up properly stand up on your tiptoes and walk on the spot on the balls of your feet as if you are walking up a steep hill. If your heels lift more than approximately 5mm from the footbed you may need to pull the laces tighter, or the boots may just be the wrong shape for you.

The toe wiggle test

This test is designed to check whether you have enough room around your toes. Your toes need to be in a happy place, they need plenty of room to wiggle without being squashed together, or cramped in from above. However they don’t want to be swimming around in acres of space either, this will cause friction blisters and stability problems when traversing hillsides. So, with the boots done up properly, walk around your house and make sure that your toes can wiggle freely.

Home Trial Period

However, even after the most rigorous assessment and testing, there is no better way to be absolutely sure than to have the boots on your feet for an extended period of time. We therefore offer our Home Trial Period which gives you the opportunity to wear the boots around your house to give you an indication of how they feel before you venture outside. We recommend that during the Home Trial Period that you wear the boots for as long as possible and at different times of the day, wear them up and down stairs, when moving around and when resting, you can even sleep in them if you want. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: During the Home Trial Period we insist that the boots are worn indoors only. All footwear must be returned in a new and perfect condition with the original packaging and a proof of purchase. We retain the right to refuse to refund or exchange if footwear shows any sign of being worn outside.

For full details on footwear aftercare please check out our related blog here.

Technical Information

Weight: 740g


- Gore-Tex membrane

- Vibram WTC

- 1.8mm thick Nubuck 

- Rubber rand

Sizing Information

Salewa Size Chart

3 35 4 5  
3.5 36 4.5 5.5  
4 36.5 5 6  
4.5 37 5.5 6.5  
5 38 6 7  
5.5 38.5 6.5 7.5  
6 39 7 8  
6.5 40 7.5 8.5  
7 40.5 8 9  
7.5 41 8.5 9.5  
8 42 9 10  
8.5 42.5 9.5 10.5  
9 43 10 11  
9.5 44 10.5 11.5  
10 44.5 11    
10.5 45 11.5    
11 46 12    
11.5 46.5 12.5    
12 47 13    
12.5 48 13.5    
13 48.5 14    


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Excellent customer service. Really detailed easy to understand product descriptions on the Trekitt website, and gear reviews on the Trekitt YouTube channel made it so easy to choose the right backpack for me.

Emily - May 2020

Amazing service! Very helpful in regards sizing and what most matched my needs, despite this being done over the internet. YouTube videos of products being examined are very useful also. Would definitely use again, very fast and efficient delivery. Brilliant! Highly recommended!

David R - April 2020

Highly recommend. I usually go to the shop in Hereford as staff are alwasy very helpful and knowledgeable. So this was the first time I have purchased online and the service was just as good as the shop.

Grizzy - April 2020

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