Who should buy the Aku Trekker Lite III GTX

The Trekker Lite III GTX is a great hiking boot overall, promising to make some of your toughest journeys easy and comfortable. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that is ideal for day excursions.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that can keep the water out.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides grip and traction where you need it.

Aku Trekker Lite III GTX logo

Provides stable grip on uneven and slippery surfaces 

The Vibram Curcuma outsole has many unique qualities, such as a large contact toe for grip performance, lugs with opposing heights for better traction, and an undercut heel for downhill braking performance. The deep lugs ensure a stable grip on uneven and slippery surfaces while the toe bumper protects the foot and strengthens the grip.

Aku Trekker Lite III GTX outsole

Durable outsole

Vibram soles are known to be highly durable. Boots with Vibram soles usually last longer and are able to tackle more challenging terrains than boots with regular rubber soles.

Aku Trekker Lite III GTX outsole 1

Provides stability and energy return

The Trekker Lite III GTX is constructed with double-density EVA foam. It’s produced by injecting EVA material of first-density and pellets of raw EVA of second-density into the mold. This results in a midsole that has firm and soft sections for improved stability and energy return.

Aku Trekker Lite III GTX midsole

Flexible and comfortable cushioning

Double-density EVA midsoles have unique qualities that make them suitable for hiking and running shoes. These include flexibility, increased cushioning, and support. This hiking boot from Aku also comes with a soft, removable footbed that is contoured to the foot.

Aku Trekker Lite III GTX arch support

Excellent ventilation

The Aku Trekker Lite III GTX is a premium boot made with velvety soft suede leather, welded PU film, and the Aku Air8000. Suede leather, though not as durable as full-grain leather, is still a very tough, high-quality material characterized by a soft and smooth surface. The Air8000, on the other hand, is an Aku exclusive technology designed to add some breathability to the footwear. The company claims that it is 11 times more breathable than conventional fabrics. 

Aku Trekker Lite III GTX upper


Air8000 has the look and feel of Cordura fabric and is very durable. For maximum protection against rain, water, and moisture, the boot is lined with a Gore-tex membrane.

Aku Trekker Lite III GTX upper 1.0

Excellent ankle support

The welded PU film provides additional support to the Air8000. It is also used to reinforce the lacing eyelets as well as the upper sections covering the forefoot and ankle.

Aku Trekker Lite III GTX ankle support

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 20.1oz / Women 15.7oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Aku

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.