Headquartered in Montebelluna, Italy – at the foot of the Montello mountains – the folks at AKU know their hiking footwear. They should. The company has been at it for more than 50 years and continues to make its proudly handcrafted products in Europe. Expert bootmaker 206522 made our SL Trek GTX boots. And out of the box, they cut a dashing figure in orange and black.
The SL Trek GTX boots are part of AKU’s hiking product line and are designed for use both on and off trail. The company also makes products in the mountaineering, backpacking, approach and multi-sport categories.
Upper: Nubuck leather, nylon mesh, polyurethane exoskeleton reinforcements
Sole: Vibram Mulaz
Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz per pair (Mens size 11)
Underfoot, the SL Trek GTX uses a lugged outsole made of Vibram Mulaz. It gripped well in our hikes, and like a good approach shoe, has a smooth patch at the toe for smearing over rocks. Nice.
The SL Trek GTXs fit perfectly right out of the box. The boot is a bit stiff and requires some break in, but we never experienced any hot spots or other problems. Support is good and the toe box had plenty of room. Purchase your regular boot size.
Handcrafted. Good looking. Rugged. The AKU SL Trek GTX has it all. No expense seems to have been spared when constructing the boot with Gore-Tex and Vibram, high quality leathers and innovative exoskeletons covering the SL Trek GTX from heel to toe. Fit was perfect too.
So what’s not to like? Well, U.S. distribution is very limited. At this writing, they’re only available through CampSavers on the East Coast. You can order online by clicking this link. And they’re a touch expensive, so keep an eye out for the retailer’s sales.