Aku's SL Trek GTX is not the boot I was expecting. At two pounds, 15.5 ounces per pair (US 9.5), the SL Trek is light but certainly not ultralight. In fact, if you're looking for a light GTX hiker in the class of something like the Vasque Breeze, the SL Trek will likely perplex you. This is a beefy boot with a formidably stiff sole—stiff to enough to absolutely impact your stride. Based on its design and construction .

— August 22, 2012

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

Sam McCoubrey September 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm

AKU manufactures a wide range of products for specific purposes. The SL Trek GTX is designed as a "scrambler" for on and off trail, while carrying some weight. It is not meant as an out of the box casual hiker like the Vasque Breeze. I apppreciate the honest review and look forward to your testing other models more specifically suited to the terrain and application, including models with a narrower last.
Sam McCoubrey
General Manager, AKU North America

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