The AKU Tribute GTX weighs in at just 1462g (pair, size 11), which considering it’s a leather boot is very respectable. The upper is free of too many frills, with just 2mm thick full-grain leather and minimal stitching throughout. The upper is quite soft, but there’s stiffening in the toe box to protect the feet from stray boulders and stiffening in the heel cup to support the foot when traversing slopes, but both of these areas are stiffer in most other boots we looked at. The ankle cuff is of average height and benefits from very soft padding to allow comfort in this area, while providing support and protection for more uneven ground. The outsole is a Vibram unit with widely spaced lugs, but these aren’t quite as deep as some other boots’, and there is less of a pronounced heel breast either, so the AKU Tribute GTX isn’t going to be quite so good on muddy ground in the long term. The sole is reasonably stiff and resists jagged rocks intruding through the sole, but again other sole units are stiffer and better for rockier ground. The weight and soft flex make the AKU Tribute GTX instantly comfortable, but on rockier ground I’d prefer a stiffer boot, although it’s certainly good for easier terrain.
Upper materials 2mm full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Light Run, PU cushioning
Men’s sizes 3-13
Women’s sizes 3-8
Weight 1462g (pair, size 11)
The AKU Tribute GTX is a very lightweight leather boot that’s soft and flexible and best suited to moorland, valley and easier hill or mountain paths, unless you prefer a more flexible option.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013