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Verified Buyer Reviewed by the fargoan from Montana on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Intended use; moderate ice climbing up to WI4 and alpine snow/mountaineering with some long approaches possible in the northern Rockies of USA. I've never worn AKU boots, so I ordered the boot in 3 different sizes, 8.5, 9 & 9.5. The size 9 fit the best, so I would say these fit as expected. But, I still returned all of them. I decided to go with a pair of Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX that I purchased from another retailer at a similar price as these AKU's. I only wore the AKU's in the house. The AKU's are high quality, I believe them to be on par with the other major Italian-made boots. I've owned boots made by La Sportiva, Boreal, Lowa, etc. Bottom-line, I was wanting something that could handle long approaches that may or may not be on snow. The Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX has all the cold-weather climbing abilities of the AKU, its lighter, and hikes absolutely awesome. The AKU boots had too much 'heal' for me, maybe not enough 'rocker' in the out sole for walking on trail. I think if these boots were used almost entirely on snow and ice they would probably walk comfortably.
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