Aku Tribute GTX (2012)

The Tribute is certainly very light for a leather boot, but this is reflected in the performance higher up the mountain and with a fairly flexible midsole and a very soft leather upper, they are definitely more at home on softer ground or good paths. The lacing’s spot-on: great speed-lacing, a locking eyelet and a very comfy cuff that really is supportive; and there’s plenty of protection at the toe and heel. The Vibram sole excelled on softer ground, where the huge lugs really did dig in, and it wasn’t bad on rock or firmer going either. Fit-wise, they are reasonably neutral so will suit most feet.

Sizes: UK 4-13
Upper: 2mm full-grain leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Light Run
Weight: 1,320g
Women’s version: No
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