Designed to be the most comfortable backpacking boot possible
The Alterra GTX is a versatile waterproof boot that you can count on. Built for comfort the Alterra is ideal for moderately difficult terrain in three season conditions. The asymmetric construction with AKU's exclusive anatomical ELICA Technology ensures you can stay on the trail longer and go further.
Keep your feet dry in all conditions with the integrated waterproof GORE-TEX Performance Comfort membrane.
The VIBRAM Octopus sole grips on just about anything. Perfect for hiking trails with loose dirt and rock slabs.
AKU ELICA TECHNOLOGY
ELICA Technology ensures an anatomical fit to provide better stability and weight distribution across your boot sole to reduce pressure points and encourage better hiking form.
- Lining Description: Waterproof GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort
- Sole: VIBRAM Octopus Multi Surface Sole
- Footbed: AKU Custom Fit Insole
- Lasting board (stiffness): 6-4 MM Nylon & Die Cut EVA for Rock Protection & Stability
- Midsole: Double Density Polyurethane
- Upper: Suede & Stretch Fabric
- Weight: 670 Grams per Shoe
- Made in Europe
This is my second pair of AKU hiking boots. I originally had the Tengu Lite series, but they were stolen, leading me to get a new pair of Alterra's.
For a comparison, the Tengu's fit quite narrow in the toe box, whereas the Alterra fits much better width wise. Perhaps due to the dimensions across models, for the Tengu's, I would have recommended one size UP from your shoe size, whereas for the Alterra, I went with one size DOWN, and they fit perfect - something to be aware of across models.
Specific to the Alterra, the sole makes good solid contact with the ground and I have found the compound to be excellent in wet conditions (no slipping on rocks). The tongue is great in that the fabric comes right to the top of the boot preventing any water from getting in. Looking at AKU in general, their quality of materials and construction are simply excellent.
At 74 years young, I visited my daughter in Colorado and while there, I hiked Quandary Peak to the summit of 14,000+ feet wearing these wonderful boots. My own feet never experienced any soreness or hot spots. In fact, the boots were never an issue, which is a tribute to how well they are made. I carried a pack with gear and extra water. The boots easily passed this test!
I love these boots. Comfortable, rigid, lightweight and grip like crazy. I tried these AKU boots because the quality from other makers now days seems like it has gone downhill, and I'm glad I did. I'm being hard on these boots and they're show no signs of distress. The craftsmanship is top notch. Thanks