AKU Continues Success of Exclusive Dual Fit System (DFS) Technology with New Mountaineering Boot and Fast Hiker for Spring ‘22
Rocket DFS GTX First in Category to Utilize Vibram Traction Lug Outsole; Croda DFS GTX Offers Kevlar Protection and 50% Slimmer Vibram Outsole for Lightweight Precision
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Montreal, Canada (JULY 2020) — AKU, a manufacturer of some the world’s most comfortable, hand-crafted hiking and trekking boots in Italy for more than 50 years, announces it will introduce the Croda DFS GTX and the Rocket DFS GTX, featuring its exclusive Dual Fit System (DFS) technology, as part of its Spring/Summer 2022 collection. DFS is a double lacing system that allows the wearer to adjust the comfort and precision of the fit during different phases of use. The Croda is ideal for mountaineering in challenging climbing and trekking conditions on rock and ice, while the Rocket is a dynamic and reliable fast hiker for the most difficult trails.
The AKU Croda DFS GTX is built to be light, agile, precise and extremely comfortable. Featuring a cut-resistant and lightweight Kevlar upper, along with an elastic spider frame structure, the moutaineering boot provides exceptional resistance to impact and abrasion along with excellent freedom of movement. The Vibram Croda Litebase outsole is 30 percent lighter and 50 percent slimmer than typical mountaineering boot outsoles and offers stability, grip and precision even in the most technical situations. The outsole also allows for the use of traditional or semi-automatic campons. An overlasted forefoot protects the midsole and increases precision, while an elastic cover prevents snow and debris from entering the upper. Also available in women’s sizes designed specifically for the female plantar anatomy.
The Rocket DFS GTX light hiking shoe features an upper with a crossed rib structure protected by a 3D print layer and a dual density PU midsole. AKU’s Rocket is the first outdoor shoe to offer Vibram’s Traction Lug outsole, incorporating a patented mold-making process that allows for 25 percent added traction on varied surfaces. The revolutionary outsole design concept can also increase side lug surface area by 50 percent.
Both the Croda and the Rocket feature AKU’s exclusive DFS lacing technology and Elica Natural Stride System technology. AKU’s DFS technology incorporates a traditional lace for maximum comfort while walking or hiking, as well as a secondary fast lace that can be activated by the wearer to increase sensitivity and precision during climbing. Through a unique insole board and tread design, the Elica system technology promotes biodynamic efficiency and optimal comfort.
AKU was founded by Galliano Bordin in Italy in 1967. Since then, the brand has grown from a small workshop into a company with more than 50 years of experience in the design and production of high-quality trekking, mountaineering and outdoor footwear. AKU’s three production facilities are located in Montebelluna, Italy, Cluj Napoca, Romania, and Belgrade, Serbia. AKU footwear is currently sold in 23 countries. For more information, please visit: www.akuoutdoor.com.