Salewa Rapace Gore-Tex - Men& Close (esc)

Salewa Rapace Gore-Tex - Mens

Regular price $649.90


A lightweight mens mountaineering boot with a nubuck upper and breathable GORE-TEX protection.

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Secure grip meets comfortable support with the The Rapace GTX - a lightweight mountaineering boot that teams a hard-wearing nubuck and fabric upper with waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX protection.

The Rapace GTX features the 3F System for ankle support, flexibility and a perfect fit. Its Vibram Wrapping Thread Combi (WTC) outsole has an aggressive tread pattern that gives good traction, yet provides a natural feel and secure grip on rock.

Inside the boot, SALEWA Bilight technology in the midsole ensures an ergonomic hold and long-lasting cushioning for extended comfort. The Rapace GTX is also stiff enough for use with hybrid/semi-automatic crampons.

In addition, the GORE-TEX Performance Comfort lining delivers optimized climate comfort should the weather close in on you and there's a full rubber rand for protection against rock and scree.

UK sizes shown. Refer to Sizing guide below.

Weight (per shoe): 729 grams

  • Lightweight yet durable

  • GORE-TEX® protection

  • Ankle support

  • Agressive tread pattern

  • Cushioned comfort within the boot

  • Suitable for hybrid/semi-automatic crampons

  • Full rubber rand

  • Weight (per shoe): 680 grams


  • Lining: GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort

  • Insole: Stiff: Nylon + 27% Fiberglass / Bilight

  • Midsole Outsole: Vibram® WTC

  • Upper: 360° full rubber rand / 1.8mm

  • Nubuk / Highly wear-resistant fabric

Salewa Size Guide


For delivery of orders within New Zealand, excluding boats and oversized items:

  • All local orders over NZD $149 are shipped free using a standard signature required service.
  • All local orders under NZD $149 are charged a flat fee of NZD $8 and are shipped using standard signature required service.
  • We mostly use Post Haste Couriers as our courier service
  • Allow 1-2 business days for standard South Island shipping and 2-3 business days for the North Island.
  • Rural Address and PO box numbers please add business 2 days.
  • Once your order has been dispatched you will receive an email with tracking information.
  • Once your order has left the store it is at the mercy of the couriers. Please check your tracking information and contact the couriers if it has not arrived when expected.


  • Allow 1-2 business days for standard South Island shipping and 2-3 business days for the North Island.
  • Rural Address and PO Boxes, please add 2 more days.
  • We try our best to get your orders out to you ASAP, however, during our peak times (Christmas, Sale week etc), we may need an extra day to process them.
  • These estimates are for a perfect world when courier companies work on time and natural disasters and pandemics are at bay. Once it has left the shop it is sometimes up to the shipping gods!

 If you would like an update of Courier Network Status, please see these links:


  • We can’t change addresses in the system once your order has been placed, however, send an email to or call us in-store and we will endeavour to change the address.
  • Please let us know before order cut off at 1pm daily.


  • We offer an in-store pick up service.
  • This is contactless, please order online and choose Pick-Up.
  • You will be notified when your order is ready for collection.
  • Collection can be made during opening hours at 
    57A Buchan Street


  • Once your order has been shipped you will receive a Shipment Order Email. This will have a link to your tracking details, you can use this link to find the location of your parcel and contact the courier company to see how far away it is.
  • If you have not received a confirmation email within 24hrs, please check your junk box in your email, as some times we need to get in touch with you and emails do happen to end up in there!
  • Alternatively, speak to our order guru 'Bot-Bruce', and he can find the tracking details for you in the chat section of this pop-up. Just ask him, 'Where is my order?' and follow the prompts 🐻.



  • All Australian orders are charged a flat fee of NZD $35 and are shipped using a standard service (not including boats or paddles).  Paddles are NZD $125 for 2 and 4 piece paddles and NZD $195 for 1 piece paddles.
  • All North American orders are charged a flat fee of NZD $90 and are shipped using a standard service (not including boats or paddles).
  • Standard delivery times for international orders can vary from 5 business days to 6 weeks.
  • Once your item has been dispatched you will receive an email with tracking information.
  • International orders do not come with a signature delivery confirmation.
  • Please do not buy products with eggs or bacon, as international customs do not like this and your order may be confiscated at your own cost (no one wants wasted bacon and eggs!)


  • All orders are shipped from our Christchurch store and usually leave the next working day. If for some reason we don't have the item you ordered we will notify you as soon as possible and let you know when you can expect delivery. Special order for non stocked items vary however are usually 2-6 weeks.


  • Need your boat shipped? No problem! Shipping is excluded at time of purchase. The team will calculate this separately after your purchase and contact you with the best rates for you at the time.

  • As a cost indication shipping typically starts at $99 for smaller boats and $150 for longer, larger boats. This is based on where in NZ your boat needs to go and which boat you purchase.
  • Boats are delivered to your nearest Mainfreight Depot for you to collect from there.


If you'd like to know availability and delivery times for a specific item please contact us and we will aim to get back to you the same day within business hours.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
John S.
Salewa Rapace boots

very comfortable wore these boots on the 21 day Kanchenjunga base camp trek a

Andre C.
Hesitantly pleased.

I was recommended these boots by the staff and have worn them on two tramps. They fit fantastically were so comfortable out of the box. They are easy to put on, light, and appear durable. The only concern I have is reading a number of reviews that the sole doesn't last anywhere near as long as it should. I see a review here that the Salwea NZ said they can't be re soled although read a review from the USA that Salwea USA re soled a pair due to early wear and it does appear pretty much any leather shoe can be re soled so hoping if my boots' soles wear out too quickly Salwea will come to the party.

NZ4085801 A.M.
Great boot ruined by serious flaw

I bought a pair of Salewa Rapace GTX boots to replace a pair of much loved Meindl Makalus for trans-alpine tramping. I opted for the Rapace due to their stiffness and light weight.
In their only outing, a four day loop around the Routeburn, Lake Wilson, Lake Narine and the North Branch of the Routeburn they did all I expected of them - stable and comfortable on trail, sidling and scrambling with no heel lift, blisters or hot spots.
However in the four four days of use, one of which was walking up the graded Routeburn track and one walking down tussock terraces the boot’s soles were very severely worn!
The braking blocks on both heels had disappeared, and the edges on both boots are now seriously rounded. This makes them dangerous in the mountains as it prevents the user biting into steep terrain, especially on snow grass and snow/neve.
I returned the boots the the shop, however the NZ agent confirmed the soles cannot be re-soled and they considered the wear ’normal wear and tear’. Given other boots have had many hundreds of km on them in similar terrain before needing a re-sole, and that Salwea markets the Rapace as a “Lightweight Alpine Mountaineering” boot, I believe this makes them totally unsuited and very poor value for money. Which is a shame, as in all other respects I found the boot excellent.
It may well be that I got a dud sole, but are you going to risk $580.00 on a boot that may only last week in the hills?

Peter B.

Haven't had much of a chance to try these boots cause of the weather and xmas family stuff but did a 5km walk with my grandson on a metal track and was very pleased with them. I'm well into my 70's now with buggered ankles (archilles ) and found the Salewa mountain trainer boots and Rapace give great support. For normal hiking with good hoofs I would recommend the Mountain trainer. After about 50 years of hiking/hunting I would go for Salewa over most other brands.

Thanks FurtherFaster

Gordon S.
Comfortable and light

Took these boots for a first trial run up Mt Herbert. They were comfortable from the outset and much lighter than my previous boots. They look like they will take a bit of a hammering and should be a really good boot for me on tougher ground. I’m looking forward to testing them out.

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