To cut a long story short, I recently found myself heading for Skye to tackle the Cuillin Ridge at such short notice that I travelled without my own boots and had to borrow a box-fresh pair of Salewa Raven Combis when I arrived. I was slightly concerned, because they’re high-spec Alpine boots that I thought would shred my feet when used for the first time on such technical terrain; but I needn’t have worried. The ‘climb zone’ on the toe offered fantastic grip on the fierce gabbro rock, the roomy toe box meant my feet didn’t take a bashing on descents, the triple locking lace system allowed me to customise the fit, and the rigid sole and heel cradle offered great protection from all the bangs and scrapes along the way. We spent two full days on the ridge, tackling big scrambles, rock climbs and abseils, and the Ravens were more than up to the challenge. The only downside is they now look so beaten up you’d think they were 10 years old, but that’s more to do with the savage nature of the Cuillin rocks than the quality of the boots. I’d recommend them to anybody.
Verdict Got me across the Cuillin Ridge, so my favourite boots of all time.
REVIEWER: OLI REED, TRAIL MAGAZINE