Aku SL Sintesi GTX

Scarpa Rapid LT TrekSta Alta GTX Aku SL Sintesi GTX best trail shoes of 2013

Scarpa Rapid LT, TrekSta Alta GTX, and Aku SL Sintesi GTX     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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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