AKU introduces Transalpina and Sintesi Hiking Boots for Spring 2013

New hiking boots embrace the Italian heritage of the AKU brand and feature the most advanced hiking boot technologies for ultimate comfort and breathability.

AKU, known for its high quality footwear designed for mountaineering, trekking and hiking, has expanded its current line of hiking boots to include the new Transalpina LTR GTX and the SL Sintesi GTX for Spring 2013. Both of these boots embrace the Italian heritage of the AKU brand and feature the most advanced hiking boot technologies for ultimate comfort and craftsmanship. The new boots will be available in a variety of specialty outdoor stores across the U.S. in 2013.

"These new models are going to impress serious hikers right out of the box," said Sam McCoubrey, director of AKU North America. "Our customers will appreciate the fine details that go into making these AKU boots, including fewer seams, contoured shaping inside and outside the boot, extended lacing systems, among other unique features. We are confident that these two new boots will be sought after by hikers who demand quality, comfort and style on the trails."

Transalpina LTR GTX
The Transalpina LTR GTX is a new hiking boot that is specifically designed for hikers who are looking for the ultimate in comfort in all outdoor situations. This hiking boot features a Nubuck leather upper, Gore-Tex® lining, and Vibram Cloud® outsole. The AKU Internal Midsole System (IMS-3) is a unique exoskeleton midsole structure that combines a stable and durable PU frame with a softer cushioning layer of compression molded EVA. There is a second internal 5mm layer of EVA that is bonded to the anatomically-shaped lasting board. This triple density midsole system provides the ultimate in comfort while the exoskeleton frame supports and protects the foot. Available in Men's sizes 7-13 and Women's sizes 6-10. Weight: 19.4 oz. MSRP: $250

SL Sintesi GTX
The SL Sintesi GTX is designed for serious hikers who are looking for a precision fit, with an emphasis on lightweight construction, stability and protection on variable terrain. The IMS-1 Internal Midsole System in this boot features an anatomically-shaped lasting board with an internal 5mm layer of EVA. This results in immediate comfort (without having to be “broken in”) and reduced weight. Another benefit is that it keeps the hiker low to the ground, weight is evenly distributed, and lateral and frontal slippage is controlled. The 1.8mm suede upper features rubber heel and toe protection and the Vibram Mulaz® outsole features a climbing zone at the toe for precision. The precision lacing system extends further to the toe for a more precise fit. The SL Sintesi GTX also has a Gore-Tex® lining for moisture control. Available in Men's sizes 7-13 and Women's sizes 6-10. Weight: 19.4 oz. MSRP: $250

About AKU
AKU was founded by Galliano Bordin in Italy in 1955. Since then, the company has grown from a small workshop into a company with more than thirty years' experience in the design and production of high-quality trekking, mountaineering and outdoor footwear. AKU's production plant is located in Montebelluna, Italy in the province of Treviso. AKU footwear is currently sold in 23 countries. For more info, please visit: www.aku.it

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