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AKU Rock DFS Mid GTX

The best fitting footwear of 2021

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Double the laces, double the security: That’s the equation the Rock DFS Mid is designed around. It has standard lacing like most boots do, but also adds a second, smaller quick-lace atop the main one so wearers can easily snug up on terrain that requires precision. The second set of laces also transfer tension into straps along the sides of the shoes, which hugged our feet from all sides. On the approach to 9,862-foot Cerro Pedernal in New Mexico, we kept the top laces loose for comfort, then cinched them up quickly near the summit and navigated confidently up class 4 cliff bands. A Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane locks out precip, but moves moisture best when temps are under 65°F.

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