AKU Edge 2008

The AKU Edge is one of the lightest 4-season boots here and it also provides a far more natural walking action than other options. The boot benefits from a cleanly designed upper that is made from leather and synthetic panels with a nice big rand to maintain durability on rock and a waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet. The lacing extends to the toe for a close, precise fit that is great for climbing. The ankle cuff is quite low, which is again ideal for scrambling and easier climbs as well as walking on level terrain such as glaciers. There is a good level of cushioning and a great rolling action underfoot too, so a long walk-in below the snowline in these boots will be easy on the foot. The outsole is designed for precision foot placement when climbing but it has good lugs too for general winter use. Wear this for easier winter action that UK walkers often experience, and it is ideal – and it will also be good for easier mountaineering and glacier travel. But 4-season boots other than the AKU Edge are a little bit better for long days yomping through the snow to the summit of an Alpine peak, due to more ankle support or a more aggressive sole unit or more insulation. But for UK winter walkers this is a good option.

Upper Perwanger suede, synthetic materials
Lining Gore-Tex
Sole Vibram Mulaz
Sizes 3-13
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2020g (pair, size 11)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 20
Verdict
A great boot for tackling easier winter terrain and easier mountaineering routes, particularly if you prefer a lower cut and lighter design, which makes this ideal for UK winter peaks.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008