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AKU Teton Gore-Tex® Hiking Boots - Waterproof (For Men)

Closeouts. Whether you're traversing the Teton Crest trail or scrambling up the Middle Teton, AKU Teton hiking boots provide superb stability. Handcrafted in Italy, they feature a flexible suede and nylon mesh upper and a Gore-Tex® waterproof breathable membrane for protection from afternoon thunderstorms.

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  • “Your description of hiking boots has 4 categories. Do you consider these to be "hiking boots" or "backpacking boots"? I'm looking for backpacking. thanks,”
    Asked by Santiam from Oregon on 9/25/2017 6:56:44 PM
    • I do not consider them "backpacking" boots. A backpacker is a little more rugged than these. Though they offer good ankle support and are very waterproof.
      Answered on 9/25/2017 7:00:54 PM by Joseph from Massachusetts
    • Flat terrain backpacking they will be fine. Anywhere there is a steep ascent or prolonged uphill most likely will find you wanting a boot with a stiffer shank. I don't know if there is a true shank in this boot, they like to talk about the molded exoskeleton. They are a pleasure when hiking but in prolonged steep climbs I sometimes find my mind straying to my heavyweight boots. Very nice lightweight boot.
      Answered on 9/25/2017 7:43:11 PM by S4Susan from staring at my phone
    • The designation is in the overview and the title. These are listed as hiking boots.
      Answered on 9/27/2017 12:28:49 PM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
  • “Do they have good ankle support ”
    Asked by Doug from WA on 7/27/2017 2:42:44 PM
    • yes, very good. They felt just a little bit like ski boots when i first put them on. They really hold your foot/ankle solidly, and after several months of owning them, I've hiked all over my little mountain property, including thru my creek and I LOVE them.

      I'm hoping they offer them once again, so i can buy another pair.
      Answered on 7/27/2017 3:04:08 PM by Chris from Blue Ridge Mountains
    • Yes, better and more comfortable than high end hockey skates. The arch support is very good,too although I would recommend a gel insert. The lacing system is laid out nicely and the padding on the tongue allows you to snug the laces down without any blood loss below the ankle.

      Give them a couple days to form to your feet, they are good like that. Never had to stop to tighten the laces either. Tie 'em once and go.........
      Answered on 7/27/2017 6:39:20 PM by Old Man River from Massachusetts
    • Yes, these are designed with good ankle support.
      Answered on 7/31/2017 12:02:41 PM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
    • Hi Doug, in my experience using AKU boots over the last 10 years or so, I have found that they provide excellent ankle support without being a heavy boot like other brands. Hope this helps!
      Answered on 8/9/2017 12:54:21 AM by IanW from Australia
  • “Are these true to size or run small or large? ”
    Asked by B. Mac from FL on 4/5/2017 9:12:38 AM
    • According to our fit team this item is running true to size.
      Answered on 4/5/2017 10:36:27 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
    • I first bought the 10.5 for my boyfriend and they did fit but there was an issue with a seam rubbing in the little toe area. He loved the boots, though, so we decided to get the 11's. Basically, the 11's just gave him more room in the toe box so there is not a rubbing issue. I would say they are pretty true to size. He has some shoes of both size, but if you think you need a bit more room in the toe area, go with the larger size.
      Answered on 4/5/2017 10:40:14 AM by Walker Woman from NE Washington
    • I found them to be true to size.
      Answered on 4/5/2017 11:18:26 AM by Gregg from Massachusetts
    • true to length. wide toe box, works for me as i have wide feet. took a while to break in, now i love them
      Answered on 4/5/2017 3:31:19 PM by tahoedawg from tahoe ca
    • These seem to run true to size. - he wears 11 - 11.5 and we ordered 11.5 My husband always wants extra toe room for hiking boots these fit perfectly.
      Answered on 4/6/2017 11:05:37 AM by two dog hiker from Wisconsin
  • “What is us8 size in cm for AKU shoes? Thanks ”
    Asked by Leon from Hong Kong on 3/26/2017 2:29:48 AM
    • According to AKU sizing charts US 8 is 26.5 cm.
      Answered on 3/31/2017 3:23:09 PM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
  • “Do they have steel shanks?”
    Asked by Treeguy from Cleveland on 2/19/2016 1:14:46 PM
    • No steel shank but a a fAirly heavy duty sole
      Answered on 2/19/2016 2:57:39 PM by Donnyrock from The Pacific North West
    • I don't know, they don't appear to have steel shanks. You may want to google the manufacturer. I don't see steel shanks in the specs on the STP website, the STP website tends to be pretty accurate. The boots are light in weight.
      Answered on 2/19/2016 3:19:04 PM by Ginger Bird from Boulder, CO
    • Nope, exoskeleton design and height provide fairly decent rigidity that works well for trails. These are hiking boots not climbing boots so they're not primarily designed for glacier travel where crampons are needed & steel shank boot construction is highly desirable.
      Answered on 2/19/2016 5:05:05 PM by Alpine Guy from PNW, Western US & Canada
    • I'm not sure if it has a steel shanks but the boot is has a stiff shank with good stability
      Answered on 2/19/2016 6:48:28 PM by Fast Fred from Ohio
    • I don't believe so. These are more day/ overnight hikers than they are week-long backpackers.
      Answered on 2/19/2016 8:22:37 PM by Snowman from Detroit
    • No
      Answered on 2/20/2016 6:45:45 PM by az338 from Arizona
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      Answered on 2/22/2016 10:42:50 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post