From Italy with love.
Italians know a few things about style, and the Aku Slope GTX Men's Hiking Boot is proof. Not only is the multicolor option a ridiculously good-looking boot, but it packs a technical wallop that's made it a success for over thirty years. It isn't a super rugged alpine monster, but the double-density EVA midsole, Custom Fit footbed, and Anatomical Fit last give it a surprising amount of lightweight cushioning and support, while the IMS1 chassis provides a precise low-profile fit with unmatched sensitivity that keeps your feet in touch with tough and changing terrain.
A Texon+ and TPU lasting board underfoot provides flexible support, so you can feel the ground and move smoothly, and the Vibram Erica Everest sole is designed to handle moderate terrain without batting an eyelash. Perhaps best of all, the soft suede upper uses Aku's Air 8000 breathable design to keep your feet cool, and it's lined with a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane that keeps out water while staying breathable in its own right, so you don't sweat your feet half to death when you're hiking under the warm Dolomite sun.
- Suede upper
- Gore-Tex Performance Comfort waterproof and breathable membrane
- Air 8000 breathable construction
- Double-density EVA midsole
- Anatomical Fit last
- Custom Fit footbed
- Vibram Erica Everest rubber sole
- Flexible Texon+ and TPU lasting board
- IMS1 chassis
- Item #AKU000L
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 9.5 and 9.0
Update: I returned the size 9.5 for the 9; the size 9 fits perfectly. As I said before, I normally wear a 9.5.
Just like the previous reviews have said the image depicted is not what you get; however they are still a nice looking boot. Paul’s images in his review are spot on. The boots are pretty light weight and have a comparatively stiff sole as to what would be expected. The boot does run a slightly bit large. I wear 9.5 on every pair of Nike shoes I have purchased (I tend to always buy Nike running shoes because I have found that their sizing is always consistent). I purchased a 9.5 in these boots, but had to return them for a 9.0.
Slope Galaxy GTX - NOT - the Slope GTX
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 12
Waited months to get a pair of these, when they arrived they were not what is pictured, just like THX-1138 said. I really like them so kept the one's that arrived, but then did some basic research and they are the Slope Galaxy GTX, not the Slope GTX. Difference is the suede on the one you get is almost blonde, the leather heal and around the ankle is smooth, not suede, and the nylon side panels are olive, not light brown (the Galaxy is on the left in the pic, the Slope on the right). A few days ago, Backcountry.com got another size 12 in, so I called and asked but they couldn't confirm so I rolled the dice and sure enough, what just showed up is a box with the Galaxy in it. Great boot, but be warned about the two styles. Otherwise, the Galaxy is a great lightweight hiker.
Received different color ...
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9
Fit great out of the box ... BUT ... I received a different color boot than the product image. Not a big deal for me, but might matter to someone else. It's a sandy/khaki suede on the front, with an olive leather on the heel wraparound and collar.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
Runs a little large. A bit wide in the toe. Might suggest a half size smaller than usual.
Great construction. Pretty stiff sole.
Any chance BC is ever going to get the beige in 12 (46.5)? I've seen the Multicolor in 12 in stock, but have never seen the 12 in any other more palatable color?
It looks like we do have a beige 12 currently on order to arrive at the beginning of October. Keep an eye out then!
Thanks for the response Sierra!
If someone gets me one of these in 12US, I promise I'll "Be the first to review!"
Is the drop down Menu in US sizing?
Yes, the sizes in the menu are in US sizes