Who should buy the Aku Tengu Low GTX

The performance of the Tengu Low GTX on the trails earned positive remarks. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a lightweight backpacking shoe ready for a variety of trails.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that promotes trail performance
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides a smooth transition for a natural toe-off.

Aku Tengu Low GTX logo

Excellent traction on most types of terrain

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.

Aku Tengu Low GTX outsole

Absorbs shock for ground impacts

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.

Aku Tengu Low GTX midsole

Lightweight cushioning

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.

Aku Tengu Low GTX arch

Stiff and rigid underfoot

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.

Aku Tengu Low GTX insole

Breathable and waterproof

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

Aku Tengu Low GTX upper

Easy to wear

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.

Aku Tengu Low GTX loop

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 435g / Women 400g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Aku

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.