AKU introduces new boots at Outdoor Retailer 2012 Summer Market
AKU is a company that I was recently introduced to when I got to test the La Stria Lite GTX hiking boots. I found these Italian-made boots to be of very high quality, and surprisingly comfortable right out of the box. So it was with much anticipation that I went to the AKU booth at Outdoor Retailer to see what else they’re putting on people’s feet.
New for 2013 is the Transalpina LTR GTX, a rugged boot made for hikers looking for comfort on any outdoor adventure. Features include a Nubuck leather upper, Gore-Tex lining, and Vibram Cloud outsole. Also, the AKU Internal Midsole System (IMS-3) is a unique exoskeleton midsole structure that combines a stable and durable PU frame with a softer cushioning layer of compression molded EVA. There is a second internal 5mm layer of EVA that is bonded to the anatomically-shaped lasting board. The company says this triple density midsole system provides the ultimate in comfort while the exoskeleton frame supports and protects the foot. Plus, these boots just look damn cool.
Also new for ’13 is the SL Sintesi GTX, designed for serious hikers who are looking for a precision fit, with an emphasis on lightweight construction, stability and protection on variable terrain. The IMS-1 Internal Midsole System in this boot features an anatomically-shaped lasting board with an internal 5mm layer of EVA. This results in immediate comfort (without having to be “broken in”) and reduced weight. Another benefit is that it keeps the hiker low to the ground, weight is evenly distributed, and lateral and frontal slippage is controlled. The 1.8mm suede upper features rubber heel and toe protection and the Vibram Mulaz outsole features a climbing zone at the toe for precision. The precision lacing system extends further to the toe for a more precise fit. The SL Sintesi GTX also has a Gore-Tex lining for moisture control.
Both boots appear to be huge on quality, and judging by my experience with AKUs, very comfortable.
For more, visit AKU at www.aku.it