Designed to be light weight and suitable for technical terrain in the mountains
Chosen as "Best Backpacking" by Outside magazine, the Trekker Pro GTX is light, comfortable, and rugged enough to take you on any adventure you wish to explore. The Trekker Pro GTX's lasting board and sole unit features our exclusive AKU Elica Natural Stride System technology which enhances bio-dynamic performance by distributing weight more evenly across your entire foot; keeping you more comfortable over many miles.
Keep your feet dry with the integrated waterproof GORE-TEX Performance Comfort membrane with added breathability.
The VIBRAM Curcuma mountain sole is designed to carry you through any terrain. From rugged trails to steep snow and ice, it is there for you.
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 Curcuma Mountain Sole
- Footbed: AKU Custom Fit Insole
- Lasting board (stiffness): 6-4 MM Nylon & Die Cut EVA for Rock Protection & Stability
- Midsole: Light Polyurethane
- Upper: Leather Suede & Air8000 with Welded PU Film
- Weight: 660 Grams per Boot
- Made in Europe
I have gone through a few AKU low-rise shoes (LA VAL II LOW GTX) and needed something not too heavy with ankle support. The Trekker Pro GTX does exactly that. After over a month of regular use, they has proved to be excellent all terrain (mud, water, high grass, rocks, etc) boots. They're stiff enough so that I fell well supported, yet confortable right out of the box (I did not need to break them like full leather boots). What impressed me the most, is how grippy and water resistant they are. The fact that they're not full leather heavy boots, and have many panels and stitching, I was not expecting the waterproofing to be that capable. Note that in order to feel confortable in them when wearing mid-thick hiking socks, I did need to pick 1/2 size up from what fits me when using Low-Rise Hiking Shoes from AKU.
These boots are supportive and stable, provide excellent grip on all terrains and very little break-in time was required. The boots are breathable enough to use on warm days without your feet overheating and work well navigating moderate terrain carrying a light load (~25 lbs) for several hours at a time. I would highly recommend these boots for anything from a light day hike to a several day excursion.
This is a well-designed and constructed boot with firm ankle support and a fairly stiff Vibram sole for rugged terrain. Requires break-in time to soften the uppers. Gore-Tex lining of course traps heat and causes foot sweating. Would rate a full 5-stars from me if the toe box was a little wider.