Verdict from 1 expert and 8 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A couple of owners were surprised with its spacious forefoot region. They added that even though it appears to have a tapered front, the inside still offered a generous wiggle room.
  • The high, full rubber rand of the Utah Top GTX was commended by several backpackers.
  • Some customers mentioned how sticky the outsole was.
  • The pronounced arch support from the default insole pleased an avid trekker.
  • An experienced adventurer declared that once the boot has softened up, the comfort it rendered was exhilarating.
  • An impressed online buyer commented that it was worth the purchase.

1 reason not to buy

  • A very few wearers stated that it took a while to break in the Aku Utah Top GTX fully.

Bottom line

With its likable qualities, the Utah Top GTX may be able to convince outdoor enthusiasts that it is worth giving a try. Its high-level of comfort and supportive stock insole were some of its features that received praises. Having said that, its extended break-in period was something that tarnished its good standing. In summary, those who are willing to bet on the Aku Utah Top GTX should be willing to spend time softening it up to enjoy its remarkable attributes.

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Good to know

  • The Utah Top GTX is built for extended day treks while hauling a heavy load. Its nubuck upper is paired with a Gore-Tex laminate to optimize trail performance.
  • The proprietary Internal Midsole System (IMS2) bolsters each stride while providing comfort. A Vibram outsole, on the other hand, supplies traction.

A reasonably true-to-size men’s-only backpacking boot, the Utah Top GTX comes in whole and half sizes. It is available in standard (D) width. It has a lace-up closure which permits customization of the boot’s overall volume. Additionally, this gear is based on the Anatomical Fit last which aims to provide stability over rough terrain.

This Aku footgear comes with a Vibram Foura outsole. Its sizable lugs provide stability and traction over rugged terrain. The forefoot region is designed to have more surface contact for surefootedness during ascents. An aggressive heel brake securely anchors on the surface, especially during steep downhill slopes.

This high-cut backpacking boot sports the Internal Midsole System (IMS2) underfoot. This system adds another layer of PU foam to amplify its shock absorption and comfort. For a stable ride, it has a lasting board made of 6-4 mm 20% fiberglass and die-cut EVA. A Custom Fit IMS footbed provides warmth and follows the contours of the foot to optimize support.

The Aku Utah Top GTX wears a durable 2.6 mm nubuck leather for its upper. A Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate lines the inside of the leather hiking boot which helps expel moisture out and prevents water intrusions. Aside from extra trail protection, its wrap-around rubber rand amplifies the boot’s sturdiness.

It employs combination eyelets and a synthetic round lace which aid in fit management. It has a single-gusset tongue which reduces friction points while its padded collar enhances comfort. A finger loop at the back of the boot facilitates smooth on and off.


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