AKU Utah Micro 2008

The AKU Utah Micro is quite a lightweight 3-4 season boot but it’s not light on functionality, and looks it ideal for general year round hill-walking on a mix of terrain. The upper is a simple, single-piece leather design and the unusual tongue has virtually no stitching to leak or fray. A Gore-Tex waterproof lining guarantees dry feet, and a sensibly sized rubber rand encloses the boot for protection on rocky ground. The ankle cuff is a little lower than most others, which is ideal for general walking and easier mountaineering. Underfoot there is a good Vibram unit with a deep pattern of lugs, while good stiffness makes this ideal for use with crampons or easier mountaineering. There is good cushioning too and the fit is particularly comfortable. A superb all-rounder that warrants more attention. But some boots offer more ankle support than the AKU Utah Micro, which some people may prefer. Even though this is a good price you can spend a little less and get a boot that is only slightly heavier. There are also lighter boots if you want more of a climbing-dedicated design. Some boots have an even more aggressive outsole lug pattern if you are being picky.

Upper 2.6mm nubuck leather
Lining Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Foura Eva
Sizes 4-13
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 1952g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 85
Verdict
A dependable year-round boot for use with crampons or while scrambling over rocky mountain terrain.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008