Have you heard of AKU Boots? We test out a pair of women’s hiking boots from Italy.
AKU is not an outdoor brand I am particularly familiar with, so given a chance to try some of their footwear I jumped at the chance.
AKU is an Italian company that has been around for a long time, more than 30 years experience in the design and production of trekking and outdoor footwear. They have an extensive collection range from mountaineering to active free time footwear.
The guys from AKU sent me over from the trekking collection the Ladies Erera GTX to try out.
Here are a few technicals
- UPPER: SUEDE + AIR 8000® 1.8 MM
- LINING DESCRIPTION: GORE -TEX ® PERFORMANCE COMFORT
- OUTSOLE: VIBRAM® SENDERA
- MIDSOLE: INJECTED PU
- LASTING BOARD (STIFFNESS): TPU
- FOOTBED: REMOVABLE EVA
- WEIGHT (GRAMS): 540
Testing the AKU Erera Gortex boots
There is nothing better than putting on your walking boots and taking a stroll, so with new boots to put to the test we headed over to beautiful Llangollen in Wales to try out a new walk.
The goal of our walk was to reach the summit of Castell Dinas Bran. A 10k walk taking around 4 hours on various terrains along canal towpaths, fields, woods and finally a steep climb to our goal.
So how did the boots perform?
First impressions: what a nice looking well-made pair of boots.
I found them very light and comfortable to wear. They provided good support and no aching feet or blisters to report.
The Vibram soles were solid with ample traction for the terrain I was covering, and I expect to have excellent long term durability.
My feet felt very protected, with the sturdy outsole and cushioned and padded insole.
I like the padded tongue which attached to the upper part of the boot. This helped to keep the boot watertight and prevent debris getting in.
Well in true British style, the weather on our walk gave the boots a real testing too! Cold temperatures and lashings of horizontal rain! The Gore-tex membrane kept my feet dry and comfortable.
These boots provide exactly what you want from trekking boots lightweight, comfortable and waterproof. I couldn’t find anything to fault, yes, they are expensive, but I look at it as a positive investment for the health of your feet and enjoyment of the outdoors.
If you want your feet to feel and look good, then these boots fit the bill.
- These AKU boots were comfortable, supportive and dry.
- Pricey but these are very good walking boots.