The evolution of an award-winning design, the Salewa Men’s Alp Flow Mid GTX hiking boot offers flex, fit, support, and, thanks to an innovative GORE-TEX Surround midsole, it also delivers waterproof protection with extreme breathability.
Offering flexibility, support and an innovative Gore-Tex surround technology, the Salewa men’s Alp Flow Mid GTX is a trail worthy option for hikers and backpackers. Let’s take a look at its features.
Starting with the upper we have got a hybrid nubuck leather and ballistic mesh design. So you have got nice durability with the nubuck on the top and it is stitched in to this ballistic mesh and rubber bottom here. You can see there is really nice perforation along the bottom. It is going to allow for really good breathability. And even some of that nubuck leather is perforated as well.
We have got an asymmetric to the toe lacing system to really dial in the fit. It is going to provide multiple options for different types of feet. So no matter if you are narrow or wide footed, if you have high volume or low volume, you will get a really nice fit with these laces.
Under this material there is a Gore-Tex surround technology and that is kind of the big story with this boot. The Gore-Tex surround is a fully waterproof, breathable membrane that is a 360 degree system. So it provides breathability throughout the entire foot, not just the top, but also the bottom. This venting on the side here kind of acts like a bellows system. So every time you step it is going to force warm air out of these ports here. So it is a really nice system. There is actually a spacer underneath that allows for that warm air to escape the bottom of the foot as well as the top and the sides and pretty much 360 degrees of breathability. So these shoes and this Gore-Tex surround are going to offer a much better breathability than some other types of waterproof footwear you might find.
Some other features on the upper here are a 3F anatomical shaping. It is designed to work with the asymmetry of the foot to provide an optimum fit. It is going to reduce movement and reduce rubbing so there is less of a chance that you will get a blister while wearing the Salewa shoes here.
There is also a Y shaped wire that is integrated into the heel and up into the lacing system of this boot. So when you tie up and snug the laces, you are going to really lock in the heel and it is going to provide a really nice, sturdy hold in the boot. You have also got some nice ankle support here. It is also somewhat flexible. So it is going to offer you freedom of movement, but it is going to keep your foot nicely supported when you are on those really rocky or really off camber trails. So you will feel nice and supported and comfortable without your movement being restricted. So nice features going on in the upper of the Alp Flow.
Moving down to the midsole we have got a mid-stiff midsole. So in the heel we have got a nice cushioned feel here. So it is going to offer a lot of shock absorption and just overall comfort. And we have got some nylon inside the midsole which is going to provide some stiffness, protection from rocks and sharp objects, but also flexibility where you need it. So really good midsole there that is going to provide good cushion, but also good support.
And going down to the bottom we have got our Vibram outsole. It is a Vibram hiking out sole with a Megagrip compound. So it is going to give you an optimum mix of flexibility and durability and traction on the trails. And you can see there are some nice lugs there. It has got really good grip, you know, directional traction. And there is a nice little climbing zone in the front. So in the event that you get off trail and you are scrambling over rocks or talus fields, you have got a nice toe portion there that is going to allow for good grip on smoother rock surfaces.
So there you have it. It is the Salewa men’s Alp Flow Mid GTX, a durable, highly breathable piece of footwear for hiking and backpacking.