Verdict from 4 experts and 11 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • An impressed critic mentioned that the Aku Tengu GTX was very light for a technical mountaineering boot.
  • The edging capability of this gear was astounding, based on a written review.
  • According to a couple of mountaineers, its defense against wet elements was commendable.
  • The boot’s performance was at par with its price tag, as declared by several owners.
  • A handful of bloggers were blown away with its excellent grip even on icy grounds.
  • The adequate stiffness of the Tengu GTX received praises from some experts.
  • A few outdoorsmen gave positive remarks on its stylish design.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An experienced alpinist stated that the Tengu GTX from Aku was a bit short of insulation.
  • It not being offered in a specific option for women was a letdown for a gear reviewer.

Bottom line

The Tengu GTX from Aku was able to demonstrate its readiness for high mountain pursuits. Its edging ability and exemplary performance are its prime selling points. What it lacks though, as testified, is a bit of warmth. To conclude, despite these drawbacks, the features of the Tengu GTX is still worth considering.

Good to know

  • Aku’s Tengu GTX is an over-the-ankle boot ready for high-alpine ascents and climbs. Its upper is a made up of suede, nylon and a Gore-Tex laminate. This trio delivers weather protection and comfort on the trails.
  • Underfoot, the brand-owned Internal Midsole System (IMS) addresses stability and cushioning needed by users. It is partnered with a lasting board and Custom Fit Pro Alum insole to maximize performance.
  • Making this alpine boot bite on ground surfaces is a Vibram rubber outsole. Its wide indentations and pronounced lugs give it a self-cleaning ability.

The Tengu GTX caters to male mountaineers. It is available in medium (D) width and regular sizes. It fairly runs true to size. The Performance Fit last grants precision during climbs. Its traditional lace-up closure provides a snug fit.

The Aku Tengu GTX features the Vibram Curcuma outsole. Its aggressive studs are widely spaced to shed off accumulated debris, maintaining traction. The defined lugs at the toe area assist during climbs. The sole’s undercut heel maximizes the braking power of the boot, especially in steep descents.

Aku integrates the Internal Midsole System (IMS) to this model to deliver a shock-absorbing performance. It is a technology that forms the sole according to the anatomy of the foot.

This high-cut backpacking boot also grants a steady and comfy ride through its dual-density PU foam. The medium-density PU uses an Exoskeleton construction to yield stability and trail protection. The lightweight PU, on the other hand, is placed in the inner part of the unit to render cushioning and absorb ground impacts. There are toe and heel inserts which receive crampons.

A carbon fiber and die-cut EVA lasting board offers underfoot stiffness. A Custom Fit Pro Alum insole cradles the mountaineer’s foot while providing arch support and a decent amount of insulation.

To provide a durable yet flexible upper, Aku’s engineers designed the Tengu GTX with a combination of nylon and suede. Inside is a moderately insulated Gore-Tex Performance Comfort bootie which helps maintain a fresh environment through water protection and breathability. A Liba Smart PU rand wraps the lower part of the boot which protects it from scuffs and enhances its edging ability.

Its lacing system employs webbing loops and riveted hooks. The loop at the ankle area enables users to lock the heel in place (when tightened), preventing slippage. A pull tab is placed at the top of its elastic tongue for easy on and off.

  • This gear is compatible with semi-automatic crampons.


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