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From the hills of Northern Italy, the Aku Utah Top GTX Backpacking Boots are built for hauling heavy loads in the mountains for days on end. With classic style and modern materials, they feature rugged nubuck uppers protected by a full-wrap rubber rand and a single-gusset tongue to reduce pressure and wear on the upper foot. The Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining comfortably wraps the foot and helps to manage moisture and minimize chafe. And with a nylon and fiberglass lasting board, cushioning midsole, and burly Vibram Foura sole, they're designed and constructed for long-distance, all-day comfort and support.
- Nubuck Upper
- Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining
- Single-gusset tongue
- Nylon and fiberglass lasting board
- Rubber rand
- Vibram Foura sole
- Item #AKU000B
- Q & A
AKU Utah Top GTX Backpacking Boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Let me first start out saying I had a magnificent pair of perfectly fitting heavy duty Raichle Palu hiking/mountaineering boots. I climbed Mount Shasta 11 times and hiked probably 1,600 miles on these boots. They finally wore out - 20+ years. I had new Vibram soles put on twice. Raichle no longer makes these - not sure why. So I have been on the lookout for something kinda like those for a while. I want a boot that is very sturdy yet comfortable and very durable with ankle support. I want to be able to wear these for 12 hours in a day without discomfort - ever. So I tried the AKU Utah Top GTX Backpacking Boot. I laced 'em up tight and immediately felt pain on the inside tongue area pain on both feet - like there was too much material in the wrong place. I walked around the house a little and there was no change - still discomfort. I then went for a several mile walk on pavement to see if they would soften up at all up and down hills - no change. I have sent them back for a smaller pair. The original pair was ordered 43. I am getting a replacement pair of size 42 hoping the extra material in the tongue area will be eliminated (fingers crossed). I loved everything about these boots except for the pain area. I am hopeful the next pair will be just what I want. I just got the replacement pair of AKU's. They definitely fit better. I started wearing these right out of the box with 2 pairs of socks laced very tight. Then one pair of socks very tight (as tight as possible). Then looser again. I will say that these boots took a while to break in. I am glad I spent the time to really beat them up on the trail as well as a football track. They now fit nicely and are very comfortable. The arch in the foot bed is pronounced - and I like that. No foot fatigue. A great purchase. I'm glad I gave them a second chance. These boots will probably last the rest of my outdoor life.
"yeah........killer boots man"
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
yes, from Dumb and Dumber for those wondering. anyway, i have been trying to find a pair of rugged, well built, comfortable boots since last December. these boots were my 6th or 7th try. i was a bit sceptical of these boots initially for a couple reasons. my foot is a bit wide and from the appearance of these boots, the toe box seems to be pointier than i'd like. don't be fooled, there is room in there. i don't know how, but it's there. the boot is basically one solid piece of leather meaning no seams to be compromised. i really like the full rand as well and how high up the rand goes on the leather, especially the toe area. i was quite concerned about the level of comfort of these boots initially as they kinda hurt, mostly around my ankle from tying them. i actually had blisters on my fingers (pinky and index) and hands from tightening them in the beginning as the leather is pretty tough. i actually started using gloves while tying them. i say this as i want to encourage those who are considering returning the boots b/c of this issue. i have put about 20 miles on them so far carrying about 40lbs but up to 47lbs and they are wonderful. i am so happy to be in a comfortable boot. the PU midsole will not compress out like the EVA and the outsole has phenomenal traction. i have hiked on steep, rocky terrain and muddy, hilly terrain so far and have not a single complaint. i emailed AKU to ask about treating the leather. the following is an excerpt from their response: ". The mountain boot retailers sells specific care and maintenance products for waterproof hikers. I would suggest to check what?s available at your local store. Anyway if your boot is brand new it doesn?t need any treatment. The leather has been tanned with a specific water-repellent coating." and now the best part (i think)"Your Utah top is featuring one of the classic Vibram outsole and is re-solable. " Awesome! oh yes i wear 10 and got 10 - perfecto "Killer boots man!"