Today I am unboxing and reviewing a pair of hiking/backpacking boots from a company called AKU, THE GTX Sintesi. These are very well made boots and it shows in the craftsmanship. They are Gore-Tex lined so they will keep your feet dry and comfortable. The insole is a 3 piece insole that I have not seen another boot maker design. These guys really know their stuff!
The SL Sintesi GTX is designed for serious hikers who are looking for a precision fit, lightweight construction, stability and protection on variable terrain. The precision lacing system extends to the toe for a more precise fit. The IMS-1 Internal Midsole System in this boot features an anatomically-shaped lasting board with an internal 5mm layer of EVA for a broken-in fit and reduced weight. This sole also keeps the hiker low to the ground and weight is evenly distributed. The suede upper features rubber heel and toe protection and the Vibram Mulaz outsole features a climbing zone at the toe for precision. The SL Sintesi GTX also has a Gore-Tex lining for moisture control. Available in Men’s sizes 7-13. Weight: 19.4 oz. MSRP: $249
Here is a small excerpt from the AKU website:
AKU, an Italian company, founded by Galliano Bordin, which has grown from a small workshop into an industry, has more than thirty years’ experience in the design and production of high quality trekking and outdoor footwear.
The AKU collection ranges from mountaineering boots to active free time footwear and behind each model lies a genuine love for manufacturing, built on the age-old prestigious tradition of Italian workmanship. Research into new technologies, together with the design and production of the AKU trekking and outdoor footwear collection top models, take place at the production plant in Montebelluna, Italy in the province of Treviso, famous for its sports footwear.
The second production facility is in Cluji Napoca, in Romania, where part of the AKU models are manufactured. Ongoing investments in materials research, technological designs, and production craftsmanship have made AKU the undisputed leader in comfort and fit for all applications of outdoor footwear. They come in Green, Orange and Gray
Here are the features:
1. AS – AIR SYSTEM
AIR8000® and AIR INFINITY are the two unique technological solutions utilised by AKU for engineering a breathable upper with the correct thermal balance. Laboratory tests confirm that AIR8000® offers up to 11 times greater breathability than a traditional fabric over a period of 24 hours.
2. SMF – SLOW MEMORY FOAM
This is an ultra-light and ultra-breathable material engineered to enable the boot’s upper to mould to the foot’s shape and thus provide additional comfort, thanks to the special dynamic shape memory. SMF is placed in three strategic points of the boot: in the anatomic removable foot bed, in the tongue and the ankle area.
3. EXO – EXOSKELETON
EXOSKELETON is a new solution which AKU has applied to a number of its hi-tech models. A new architecture made of polyurethane, conceived to guarantee protection and stability only where it is needed, without compromising the light weight and breathability of the upper.
4: DS – DYNAMIC STABILIZER
Dinamic Stabilizer is a dinamic system that provides lateral support and torsional control. The three independent lateral walls provide the shoe with a modular support that self adapts to uneven terrains, meanwhile the central vertebra provide torsional control and arch support maintaining the forefoot flexible.