For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
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Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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Updates to Aku Slope GTX
- A long-standing backpacking boot from Aku, the Slope GTX is ready for treks in easy-to-moderate terrain. Its upper wears a suede leather partnered with the brand’s very own breathable Air 8000 fabric. It is lined with a full Gore-Tex bootie to make it weatherproof.
- It employs a bi-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole for lightweight cushioning. It works with a lasting board and Custom Fit insole which grants underfoot rigidity and comfort, respectively. Its Vibram Erica Everest outsole makes it grip on most types of terrain.
Aku Slope GTX size and fit
The Slope GTX from Aku is a men’s-only backpacking boot. It is available in whole and half sizes in a standard (D) width option. It relatively runs true to size.
This boot is shaped using the Anatomical Fit last which aims to provide stability on bumpy grounds. It has a traditional lace-up closure which enables hikers to personalize the overall fit and volume.
The brand’s engineers equipped the Slope GTX with a Vibram outsole called the Erica Everest. The protrusions on the side of the sole grant stability and grip on uneven terrain. The studs at the center are designed to offer multidirectional traction.
This high-cut leather hiking boot employs a dual-density die-cut EVA midsole. It cushions each step without the added weight to the user’s foot. A lasting board made of 4-2 mm Texon and TPU yields underfoot flexibility. A Custom Fit insole, on the other hand, enhances shock absorption and manages moisture for a more comfortable environment.
The Aku Slope GTX uses durable Italian suede leather for its upper. It is combined with an Air 8000 fabric (1.6 mm) which makes the boot lightweight and extra breathable. Underneath these materials is a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining which gives a modest amount of insulation, prevents water intrusion and expels moisture out.
Its tongue and collar are cushioned which enhance comfort. Also, to manage fit, its lacing system uses metal D-rings, speed hooks and a flat lace.