Aku Montera Lite GTX

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Montera Lite GTX

Our take Not sure what you’ll face on your next trip? We bet the Montera can handle it. It’s supportive under multi-day loads and protective enough for off-trail hiking, but still agile enough for moving fast. Plus, the snug, midcut cuff prevents rolled ankles on uneven terrain. “I trekked through rocks and mud on the 9-mile round-trip hike to Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, and it never faltered,” one tester says. The midsole has soft PU in the forefoot for flex, and a TPU lasting board provides support and durability.

The details The Montera’s outsole, made with Michelin rubber, is similar to a mountain bike tire: smaller lugs under the toe for fine traction and larger lugs on the sides for stability. The suede-and-fabric upper and Gore-Tex membrane kept our feet protected, if a little hot.

Trail cred “The Montera held fast on firm snow and occasional patches of ice on a late-season hike to Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks Wilderness,” our Colorado tester says.