The Salewa Alp Flow Mid Boots are a “…tough trekking boots made of nubuck and ballistic mesh with a protective rubber edging. Innovative GORE-TEX® Surround™ Technology creates a shoe that is completely waterproof and features 360° breathability – keeping your feet at the right temperature whatever the weather.” I thrashed these boots on several long and dusty hikes up and down Mount Fuji. From hot summer days to surprise sleet storms, the boots performed very well by keeping my feet dry and comfortable.
“The Vibram Hike Approach sole with coarse tread ensures traction on a range of terrain. For all kinds of outdoor adventure. Features the 3F System for firm ankle and heel support, and Climbing Lacing that stretches all the way to the front of the shoe for a very accurate fit.” While the Salewa Alp Flow Mid boots did provide excellent traction and support on the trail when the going got very wet, I found the shoes did a lot more slipping than sticking. I also found the shoes offered a snug performance fit, which was great when climbing on vertical rock but was less than comfortable for my extra wide, high-arched feet.