This is a new 3-season boot from AKU that follows the tried and trusted formula of using a quality leather upper combined with a quality sole unit to make it ideal for hill and mountain walking in the UK. The Lagorai uses one piece of leather on the upper with a little extra around the tongue and minimal stitching so it won’t leak easily. There’s a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet as well. The upper is very stiff and supportive, so it’s perfect for rocky ground and scree. Underfoot, a good Vibram sole unit with cushioning and stiffness makes it ideal for rocky ground. The lug pattern is good too for tackling most terrain. That all adds up to a great boot with a solid performance.
However, there are many similar designs out there, which means your choice between this and the other options will be based mostly on fit rather than anything else. That said, the boot is a little heavier and higher in price than some similar options.
Upper: full-grain leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram Werewolf
Sizes: 4-13 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight: 1868g (pair, size 11)
Made in: Romania
Stores in the UK: 25
Verdict: A great boot, but with so many similar options, the price, weight and personal fit will be what separates this from others that look and perform the same.
First published in Trail magazine, April 2008