Salewa Rapace GTX

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**goHUNT staff recommends ordering this boot true to size. When we say true to size we mean the size of Nike you'd buy off the shelf. 

*Please review our goHUNT staff boot profiles below and our sizing video before ordering.

goHUNT Staff Boot Profile

Name Foot Length Foot Width Nike Size Rapace Size
28.1 cm
11.3 cm
11.5 11.5
27.75 cm
10.5 cm 10.5 10.5
Brady 28.8 cm 10.8 cm 12 12

goHUNT Highlights

  • goHUNT Stiffness Scale Rating - Flex 4 (see stiffness tab)

  • The Rapace GTX is a great boot for the light and fast backcountry hunter wanting a tough boot
  • We'd use this boot for a backcountry hunt where we're concerned about weight but still want the best in support

Manufacturer Highlights

  • Climbing-style lacing extends to the toes for a precise fit

  • Multi-Fit Footbed (MFF+) uses interchangeable layers that allow you to customize the fit of your boot

  • 3F Lacing System ties the instep into the outsoles and heel ensuring flexibility and support even in the most hostile terrain

  • Adaptive Foam wraps your heel in memory foam for a customized feel

  • Warranty - 2 years against materials and manufacturing defects

The Rapace GTX is built with the backcountry hunter in mind that's looking to move light and fast but still wants a burly boot. With wear-resistant fabric, nubuck upper with a full rubber rand, the Rapace will keep your feet comfortable and protected whether you find yourself in snow and ice or steep and rocky terrain. Salewa's 3F Lacing System is made for anyone carrying a heavy pack deep into the backcountry, with steel wire supporting the ankles and heels, you'll have more than enough support to pack out that big bull, you've been chasing.

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goHUNT Stiffness Scale Rapace GTX - Flex 4
Flex 1 Built for light and fast trekking. Think of your favorite trail running shoes, but capable of rocky demanding terrain. 
Flex 2 Flexible enough that they offer out of the box comfort but can handle miles of rocky terrain. Perfectly suited for mild to moderate mule deer, elk, and antelope country.
Flex 3 Ideally suited for mountain hunts with moderate to steep technical terrain where more rigidity is required. Some break-in time required but will likely become your favorite do everything hunting boots.
Flex 4 Best suited for hunts at or above timberline where the terrain gets steep. Flexible enough that it can handle miles of comfortable climbing but stiff enough to offer support and rigidity with a heavy pack.
Flex 5 The stiffest boot options, best for alpine hunting and mountaineering. Sheep hunting, mountain goat, and the toughest of elk and deer terrain.


  • Start by collecting a few things from around your house, including a yardstick or ruler, a soft tailor’s tape or paper tape, a piece of cardboard or printer paper, and a pen.

  • Draw a 90° angle on the cardboard or paper using the yardstick or ruler. The lines should be long enough so that your longest toe touches the horizontal line and the widest point of your foot touches the vertical line. 

  • Ensure that you’re wearing your hunting socks while taking these measurements. Stand on the paper or cardboard with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your full weight on both feet.

  • Have a second person mark where your heel and the widest part of your foot lands on the cardboard or paper. Ensure that you’re keeping the pen vertical when making your marks. Leaning the pen inward or outward against your foot will skew your measurements. 

  • Place the edge of the tailor’s tape on the straight line and measure the widest and longest point of each foot down to 1/10th of a centimeter.

  • Add both length measurements together and divide them by two. This is your length measurement. 

  • Add both width measurements together and divide them by two. This is your width measurement.

  • Record your measurements and refer to the goHUNT Sizing Guide and Staff Reviews to find the right boot size for your foot profile.


  • Measure your feet with the socks you intend to wear in the field.

  • Measure your feet later in the day. Your feet tend to swell slightly as the day progresses.

  • The arch and heel of your foot should feel snug but not tight. Your heel should feel secure in the heel pocket. If your heel lifts up when you step, make sure the lacing is not too loose. 

  • Your toes should not touch the front of the boot. You want just enough room to wiggle your toes. When you kick the toe into the floor, you should know where the front of the boot is without your toes hitting. 

  • If you're unable to cinch the boot tight enough to prevent heel slip or it allows your toes to touch the end of the boot, you will have a hard time with a heavy pack on steep downhill descents and you’ll want to size up. 

Weight 3 lbs 5.8 oz - pair (size 10)
Insulated Un-Insulated
Sole Vibram
Upper Nubuck leather with a full rubber rand
Drop 15 mm (Heel to Toe Drop)
Crampon Compatibility Step-In Crampon Compatible
Waterproof Gore-Tex®
Manufacturer Warranty 2 years against material and manufacturing defects

goHUNT Return Policy
If you should need to return a boot, they may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. Boots should be returned in brand new condition with no wear marks. All boots should be returned in the original packaging with the original tagsBoots must not be worn outside to be considered for a refund. We do not allow direct boot exchanges. If you return a product in brand new condition with all original packaging and tags, we will process your refund. You can order another product that best fits your needs or wait until your refund is processedWith all the backcountry hunters we have on staff at goHUNT, we understand the need and know how hard it is to find a boot that fits your foot. goHUNT has spent countless hours and measured many feet to make sure you get the right size boot the first time. If you watch our sizing video and review our staff foot profiles, we are extremely confident you'll find the right size boot for you the first time. In the rare case you don't, the goHUNT staff is on call to make sure you find the right boot for your next hunt. 

*We're so confident in our extensive sizing research that if you fully review it, and correctly measure your foot, we know you'll find the boots that fit.


  • Proper boot care can significantly extend the lifespan of your boots. Leather boots, in particular, need to be cared for after heavy use. If your boots are wet and covered in dirt, we recommend cleaning them. If you’re not going to clean your boots, you should still allow your boots to air dry after each use. 

  • Remove your insoles and laces after each use. This will open up your boots and allow them to air out. Even if your boots don’t get wet, they will naturally absorb moisture from your feet, especially on multi-day trips. Insoles and laces can be hand-washed in cold water and set out to air dry.  

  • Using a boot brush and warm water, remove the dirt from your boots. The warm water will open up the pores of the boot and allow you to thoroughly clean them.

  • For leather boots, you’ll want to recondition the leather after cleaning them with warm water in order for them to remain water-repellant. Applying a waterproofing agent to the damp leather will reclose the pores that were opened up during cleaning. Once you’ve reconditioned your boots, water should bead up when gently poured over the leather. 

  • Allow your boots to air dry. Do not use a heat source to dry your boots. The heat could cause the leather to shrink or become brittle, increasing the chances of irreparable rips or creases. 

  • Store your boots in a cool and dry place to prevent mildew. We recommend packing a newspaper in the toe box of wet boots to help absorb the moisture and maintain the boots’ shape during the drying process. 

  • Take your boots to a knowledgeable cobbler for repairs.


  • For a general-purpose waterproofing product, the goHUNT staff has found that Granger or Nikwax Waterproofing performs the best.

  • Re-apply this product as necessary or after every use in severe conditions.

  • Please refrain from using beeswax, animal fats, or petroleum-based products on your boots, as these products will void some manufacturer warranties. 

  • *Please note that these products may darken the color of any leather.


  • We recommend treating the leather on your Gore-Tex® boots the same as you would on any other leather boot.

  • The Gore-Tex® lining creates a waterproof/breathable membrane on the inside of the boot, but leather uppers still need to be cared for. 

  • The durable waterproofness of the Gore-Tex® membrane is not affected by leather conditioners, silicone, oil, or shoe polish.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Comfortable boot

First impression this is a really comfortable boot, fits true to size for Gohunts sizing reccomendation's. I wear a size 12, and a 12 fit great. The Salewa's have the most form fitting feel of any boot I've tried so far, really locks your foot in place. The factory insoles do a really great job in terms of support but not so much in cushion. Better than most still. I ordered the Rapace & the Raven for a lighter weight early-mid season hunting boot in rugged terrain. Ultimately I returned the Rapace and kept the Raven because it has significantly more ankle support but I would have no issue reccomending the Rapace. I was just looking for more ankle support for side hilling and off trail use.

Michael Graber
They work for me.

I’ve always avoided buying boots online since the process lacks the confidence of actually trying them on. Putting faith in the sizing guide I ended up with a perfect fit. It also helped knowing Salewa from their ice climbing equipment which I used extensively over 40 years ago. I’ve even ordered a second pair as a backup.

Kody Miller
So far so good

I’ve had these boots for a short time but I’ve been able to test them is steep/wet/cold environments. They have performed great so far! They Fit great, minimal break in required. I can’t speak to durability yet because I haven’t had them for much more than 10 miles but we are off to a good start!

Ryan Whitaker
Great so far

So far I have just worn them around the house breaking them in. I think they will be the perfect balance between light and stiff. I have high hopes for these boots!

Daniel Koons
Great boots but

This is my third pair the only complaint I have is the soles ware out in about 1 year. I have spoken with the customer rep twice. The first time they sent me a new pair. After that I was told that I put on excessive wear. I put about 800 miles a year in Arizona in some rough and rocky county. Still overall a good boot.

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