The Aku Trekker Pro is expensive, but worth the money for more ambitious adventures in rocky terrain in spring to autumn.
Tough toe rand
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The Aku Trekker Pro hiking boots are nimble yet stable three-season hikers that stand out for their wonderful stability underfoot – if you have weaker ankles or tend to lose balance when the trail starts to tire you out, these are some of the best women's hiking boots for you, and will give you a supported feeling even when you’re testing yourself and covering big distances.
That said, there isn’t tons of padding around the ankle – if you’re used to more cushioning, you may want to pair these boots with thicker socks. That same lack of warm padding means these boots are best worn from spring to autumn.
At almost £200/$200, you’d expect great build quality, so it’s no surprise that deep-lugged Vibram soles and Gore-tex waterproofing are both built in to keep your feet dry (so dry that we successfully forded a river in the Trekker Pros) and squarely on the ground. We like the wide rubber toe rand and the thicker shock-absorbing heel, ideal for taking the boots further into rough, rocky terrain.
• RRP: £200 (UK)
• Weight (per boot): 525g/1lb 2.5oz
• Materials: Suede upper; Gore-x performance comfort liner; Vibram Curcuma outer sole
• Colours: Grey/Dark Grey
• Compatibility: Tougher three-season hikes in inclement weather and shorter day hikes in winter
In the field
We wore the Trekker Pros on multi-day hikes in Scotland in spring, and liked that we never once had to worry about whether or not they could tackle the elements as we hiked through deep, wet boggy ground.
Those close-cut, supportive high ankles and a great stay-put lacing system also keep any rain from seeping if you splash water up or if the heavens open – if you’re hiking over a few days and camping in between, it’s a lifesaver to always have dry boots and socks at the end of the day.
We found the Trekker Pros really came into their own in rough, rocky terrain - the wide rubber toe rand and the thicker shock-absorbing heel keep your feet safe if you head into ground that’s more appropriate for scrambling. If you’re head out on casual walks, these boots are too pricy and tech-y – but if you regularly head into the lower mountains in any weather, they’re ideal.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.