The outsole isnt surprising to me. I wore Mountain Trainer Lites for a few years climbing and pruning trees (spikeless) as a professional arborist. Hands down the most comfortable boot I've worn, but whatever soles they use, only lasted 4-5mo for me. Others in the industry reported the same with the Rapace.
We all loved them though because they were extremely grippy in the trees.
Never had a pair of Salewas nor do I have access to a retailer that sells them near me. Do they fit true to size or if you wear a size 10 in every other brand, did you wear the same size in the Salewas?
I wore them on a late season idaho elk hunt, a couple very cold mornings and snow and they did ok. Granted they are not meant for that. But they did well. No wet feet, No hot spots. Packed a bull out of a bottom with them and they performed well. I’d give them a solid 7 out of 10 for that hunt. Early season archery I’d probably give them an 8.5. Impressive boot a bit overpriced in my opinion. But versatile.
I just received a pair. Have one short hike with them. They seem a little narrower and smaller for size. I noticed that they say it’s an 8.5 US and 41 Eur. My Crispi are 8.5/41.5, and Salomon Quest are 8.5/42. In my opinion the Euro sizing is an accurate description of these boots.