I have owned a few types of boots including Vasque,…
Use: Rought trail
Break-in Period: ~20 miles
Weight: 3.4 lbs
Price Paid: $199
I have owned a few types of boots including Vasque, Raichle and Asolo and must say this is undoubtedly the best of them all. AKU is popular in Italy, but very small in the USA. I found mine on clearance at Sneaker Stadium (of all places for boots!) and they felt comy right out of the box.
The Gore-Tex line keeps my feet dry and an awesome Vibram sole resists better than Skywalks! These are in the same class as Sundowners... but the AKU's outclass them by far. This is a fine Italian made boot that would do well with any pack up to 70lbs or so. I love mine and they feel like they'll last for many years.