You know you’re in for some type two fun when the word "approach-y" is getting thrown around in the route description, so prepare yourself with the Salewa Women’s Raven GTX Boot. From full-day bushwhacks through frustratingly-thick devil’s club to spring ascents on alpine snow and rock, the Raven is well-equipped to handle long approaches and technical alpine summits.
Backed by a Gore-Tex membrane, this waterproof-yet-breathable boot is built to take a beating thanks to a suede upper, full-wrap rubber rand, and wear-resistant fabric accents. Additionally, Salewa’s 3F fit system runs small metal wires through the heel of the boot to the metal lace hooks, which lock the heel in place once the boot is laced to ensure a snug and secure fit when climbing. An overlapping tongue works in harmony with climbing-style laces to keep your foot stable and comfortable. Not to mention the midsole features added fiberglass and nylon, which gives the Raven a stiff feel whether you’re front pointing up a steep couloir or packing a week’s worth of gear below treeline.
Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane
Waterproof and breathable
Suede and microfiber upper
Full-wrap rubber rand
3F fit system
MFF+ multi-fit footbed