Updates to Aku Tengu Low GTX

  • The Tengu Low GTX is designed as a lightweight backpacking shoe ready for a variety of trails. Its leather upper comes with an elastic Gore-Tex sock which promotes trail performance.
  • Its sole unit is powered by the brand’s very own Elica Natural Stride System technology which yields a propulsive stride. The mechanism starts by promoting a more shock-absorbent heel strike to assisting the foot in a smooth transition for a natural toe off.

Size and fit

The Aku Tengu Low GTX is a low-cut backpacking shoe for men and women. It is available in a range of whole and half sizes and is offered in medium width. It fairly runs true to size.

This gear is shaped using the Performance Fit last. It aims to deliver precision for ice and rock climbing. The overall volume and fit of the shoe are customized using a lace-up closure.


This low-cut backpacking shoe comes with a Vibram Curcuma. The large contact area at the toe and heel assist wearers during ascents and descents. Its abrasion-resistant profile also includes boots that anchor on most types of terrain. These lugs are also strategically spaced to prevent soil and debris clogging.


The brand’s designers incorporated the Internal Midsole System (IMS) in the Tengu Low GTX. It renders underfoot comfort by distributing pressure across the foot evenly and absorbing shock from ground impacts.

For lightweight cushioning, it comes with a double-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. The Exoskeleton construction of light polyurethane (PU) protects and provides support for a more secure and stable ride.

Additionally, a lasting board (4-2 mm nylon and die-cut EVA) yields stiffness and rigidity underfoot. A Custom Fit Soft insole, on the other hand, conforms to the shape of the foot and offers a decent amount of insulation.


The Tengu Low GTX upper combines a durable suede leather and Air 8000 special fabric. The latter is a brand-owned system which optimizes the breathability of the shoe. Inside is an elastic Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate which prevents water penetration and expels moisture out.

Trail protection is enhanced thanks to the incorporation of a Liba Smart PU rand. For the shoe’s closure system, it employs webbing eyelets and a round lace. Donning it on and off is made easy with the tabs at the top of the tongue and in the heel area.

Additional Info

  • The mountaineering boot version of this product is called the Aku Tengu GTX.


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