Aku SL Sintesi GTX Trail Shoe

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BEST FOR: Backpacking off-trail.

THE TEST: Handcrafted in Romania, this waterproof, breathable, completely bombproof boot features an internal layer of EVA foam for impact protection and mountaineering-style lacing beginning at the toes. The result is a fit that feels broken in out of the box. We took them for scree-filled scrambles and off-trail bushwhacking in Northern California’s Trinity Alps—and couldn’t have been happier. “They felt like steel-toed boots, only lighter,” said one tester, noting that the suede upper and rubber-wrapped toe and heel shrugged off the occasional rock punt.

THE VERDICT: Seriously tough. Great support for a relatively lightweight boot. 22 oz.

LIGHTNESS: 3
RUGGEDNESS: 5

Brand: Aku $250
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