AKU Zenith Leather
Bought these boots for a camping trip to the Rockies…
Materials: leather, gore-tex
Use: dayhikes, soon to be tested on a backpacking trip
Break-in Period: there wasn't one. They were comfortable from day one.
Weight: no idea
Price Paid: $220
Bought these boots for a camping trip to the Rockies last week, and wore them every day no matter what we were doing. Probably logged 150 km's on them, and I don't have a single blister. Made a few stream crossings and my feet were bone dry. The soles gripped even the slippery rocks. I love them and I hope they last me many years.
Update: June 18, 2009
I am updating the previous review, which I wrote last August. I have now had the boots 10 months so have a bit more experience with them.
I still love them. They have held up extraordinarily well and still look almost new, though I wear them on regular day hikes. This past New Year's Day, I wore them to hike along the frozen river at the bottom of Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park. Though I went without ice cleats, I did not slip once. My feet were comfortably warm the entire hike (though I admit that may have something to do with the merino wool socks I was wearing!)
I used water-proofing on the boots before wearing them the first time, that I think everyone is expected to do before wearing leather boots. It is even recommended on the box. I've worn them during rainstorms and for river crossings, and my feet have stayed bone dry. I think I have resprayed them once as well, and will do so again before our next big hike (10 days!!!) in July.
Bought this boot for wet weather, had walked less…
Materials: leather, gore-tex lined
Use: forestry walking-short dayhikes
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: £120
Bought this boot for wet weather, had walked less than 1 mile and my feet were soaking. Returned them to the shop, and was given a bottle of Nikwax.
I e-mailed AKU direct and once it was established I was in Scotland they did not return my e-mails, even after I said I would write to every blog I could.
I am disgusted, the boots are useless to me.