Great Mountaineering Boot!

Reviewed by Josh P. from Boise, ID on Saturday, June 21, 2014
I was hesitant on purchasing these boots because I could not find any information/reviews on them other than on AKU's website, but I took a risk and purchased after seeing other positive reviews of their hiking boots. First off, these are very robust, and are much larger than the Lowa Cevedale(non-insulated) mountaineering boots, which I purchased but returned due to sizing issue and rethinking of cold weather application. These are in the same category as the La Sportiva Nepal Evos and the Scarpa Mont Blanc, but with a coupon here on STP, you can purchase these boots for at least half the price of those boots.

They are a tad on the heavy side (4lb 14oz), but honestly, they are so well balanced I never really felt that they were unnecessarily heavy. I recently climbed Mt. Adams in these and they performed great. Climbed well, descended well, my feet never got wet even when slogging through 3,700 ft of extremely wet snow on descent. The wind chill factor brought the temps down to 0-5+ degrees farenheit and these kept my feet relatively warm. I would feel pretty confident taking these down to -5 or -10 with chemical foot warmers with a liner sock. Kicking steps for 2500+ feet in ice, my toes got a little cold but that's to be expected with nearly any single-boot out there.

Comfort wise, I'm almost ashamed to say it, but I received these two days prior to the trip and didn't have time to break them in. They felt so comfortable initially, I thought I'd take them on the trip anyway. They were very comfortable and I never got a hot spot, nor did I get shin bang or heel lift. The only thing I thought was kind of annoying is that the boot did't seem to stay tight. That also may be due, in part, to the fact that they weren't broken-in.

Also, these work great with crampons, strap on or step-in. They are very stiff (carbon fiber sole) and I could definitely see these being sufficient for ice climbing.

Conclusion: Why purchase Sportivas or Scarpas when you can purchase these things for half the price? Sure they're not the most popular brand but they definitely perform just as good and are of great quality. Plus the fact that they're made in Italy seemed like a nice confidence booster. I'm sure you won't be disappointed if you purchase these awesome boots!

Previous Review “broke in quickly and carried me to the top of Rainier”