AKU Edge

This is a great 4-season boot if you like a little more dexterity, lower weight and a more natural walking action. The boot benefits from a cleanly designed upper with a nice big rand to maintain durability on rock. The lacing also extends to the toe for a close precise fit. The ankle cuff is quite low and the sole flex is stiff, making this boot ideal for scrambling and via ferrata, as well as glacier travel. There is a good level of cushioning and a great rolling action underfoot too, so a long walk-in below the snowline is easy on the foot. The outsole is designed for precision foot placement when climbing but it has good lugs too for general winter use. Use this for year-round mountaineering and scrambling and it is ideal. But other boots here are a little bit better for long days yomping through the snow to the summit of a Munro, either due to more ankle support or a more aggressive sole unit. Some also offer an even better rolling action below the snow too.

 

Upper: Perwanger suede
Lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Mulaz
Sizes: 3-13
Trail Fit Profile: forefoot narrow; heel normal; volume normal; length short
Crampon compatibility: B2
Weight: 2020g (size 11 pair)
Made in Italy
Stores in UK: 20

Verdict: A great boot for tackling mountaineering routes in summer or winter, particularly if you prefer a lower cut and lighter design.