The AKU Trekker Lite GTX is a relatively lightweight boot, as the name suggests. It is also relatively well-priced for what you get in these days of global economics ramping up the price of gear. The boot is lighter than the higher-priced leather options but it still benefits from a good set of practical features for hill and mountain walking. The upper is synthetic with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The Air8000 upper adds more breathability in theory than other materials. The toe box is nice and stiff, and it’s also protected by an extra layer of reinforcement on the outside. The sole unit offers excellent stiffness for rocky ground and is also well-cushioned. There is also a good lug pattern on the sole for a variety of terrain. The result is a boot that is ideal for valley and hill-walks, and backpacking on a wide variety of terrain. But an upper with less stitching will be more durable in the long term, and leather uppers tend to last a little longer if they are well made and have little stitching. So if you are planning on doing lots of really rocky walking on a regular basis, then I would say that an all-leather boot would be a better option than the AKU Trekker Lite GTX in terms of long-term durability.
Upper suede leather, Air8000 synthetic, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Winkler
Sizes 3-13 (men’s); 3-8 (women’s)
Weight 1552g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 50
Verdict: The AKU Trekker Lite GTX is an excellent general walking boot for valley, hill and mountain use, but probably not as durable as a boot with less stitching.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009