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AKU Pilgrim GTX Combat FG M

AKU Pilgrim GTX Combat FG M

Price 193.99 USD excluding VAT

The Aku Pilgrim GTX Combat FG M is a multi-purpose boot with outstanding support, breathability, and impact absorption. Thanks to these features, the Pilgrim GTX Combat FG M performs well in stability for demanding and dynamic conditions.

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The Aku Pilgrim GTX Combat FG M is a multi-purpose boot with outstanding support, breathability, and impact absorption. Thanks to these features, the Pilgrim GTX Combat FG M performs well in stability for demanding and dynamic conditions.

Size info

Manufactured according to UK sizes, to which they are true. The last is fairly wide and the toes have a generous allowance. If you want a tighter fit, consider half a size smaller. Pro tip: if you already own Salomon Forces series footwear, these seem very close to their sizes in our experience.

The correct conversion to US standard sizes is to add one, I.E. UK 8 is the same as US 9. (The mfg labels on the box may refer to a different standard, please look at the UK sizes only.) If you know your European shoe size or foot length in millimeters, look at the chart below for better conversions.

Correct conversion chart

EU-SizeFoot lengthUK-Size
EU 35220 mmUK 3
EU 35.5224 mmUK 3.5
EU 36.5229 mmUK 4
EU 37233 mmUK 4.5
EU 37.5237 mmUK 5
EU 38241 mmUK 5.5
EU 39246 mmUK 6
EU 39.5250 mmUK 6.5
EU 40254 mmUK 7
EU 40.5258 mmUK 7.5
EU 41.5262 mmUK 8
EU 42267 mmUK 8.5
EU 42.5271 mmUK 9
EU 43.5275 mmUK 9.5
EU 44279 mmUK 10
EU 44.5284 mmUK 10.5
EU 45288 mmUK 11
EU 46292 mmUK 11.5
EU 46.5296 mmUK 12
EU 47301 mmUK 12.5
EU 48305 mmUK 13
EU 48.5309 mmUK 13.5
EU 49313 mmUK 14
EU 49.5318 mmUK 14.5
EU 50.5322 mmUK 15

Please note! The chart is based on hard facts about shoe size conversions: Paris Points, Barleycorns, and such. When you receive the boots, you may notice that the box and boot labels may not be the same as we indicate. The UK size is correct across the range so use that to verify what you have.

Materials and construction

  • Upper: Full grain leather / Air 8000 2.0 mm
  • Upper protection: Bycast
  • Lining: Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
  • Outsole: Vibram Fourà
  • Midsole: Die-cut EVA
  • Lasting board (stiffness): 6-4 mm Nylon + die-cut EVA (medium)
  • Footbed: CF IMS
  • Weight: 1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs (size EU 42 / US 9, pair)

Care and warranty

In a perfect world, you'd let your boots dry for 24 hours with the insoles and laces removed after using them. Your footwear will last longer and work better if you alternate between pairs. Obviously, don't take this too literally and use common sense applied to your situation.

Clean dirt off the boot with lukewarm water and a brush. Avoid aggressive detergents, at most go for some mild detergent. Dry at room temperature.

Before the boot is fully dry, impregnate with a spray-on protector and/or treat them with care creme on a moist sponge. The treatment soaks into the fibers of the material, making it water and dirt repellent. Contrary to intuitive thought, this doesn't make the footwear less breathable: wet and dirty materials are the poorly breathing ones.

Aku footwear has a 24-month warranty for material and workmanship. It goes without saying that we at Varusteleka don't let customers down; in this case, the manufacturer is also part of the chain that keeps you going.

Aku Italia

Among major league footwear manufacturers in Europe, Aku is perhaps the most known out there, but certainly one of the hardest hitters. Where can we even start?

Aku Italia is a family business that was originally founded in the '70s and got its current name in 1985. The hometown is Montebelluna in northern Italy, near the beautiful Mediterranean shores and wine farms but also close to the Alps and the heart of Europe.

The company has such an approach to quality, that it might as well be German or Swiss. The design involves 3D modeling and other current technologies harnessed to serve making a better product, and the company avoids outsourcing production to sweatshop countries. As the workers are skilled shoemakers with a refined manual touch, it wouldn't make sense to have them work on inferior pieces; the leather, rubber, and other selected top-grade materials can be traced all the way to the source by Aku.

As almost like a byproduct of this attitude to make the best possible boots, the sourcing and manufacturing processes became more sustainable environmentally. Once this was realized by the head of Aku, they put the magnifying glass on this aspect of their operations as well. Aku Italia takes great measures to reduce its carbon footprint and plants trees to compensate for the emissions they cannot avoid. Also the leather tanning and other processes are developed to involve less harmful chemicals.

So with a pair of these boots on, your feet and conscience are clear as the blue sky, promise! The Danish, British and Swiss armed forces buy Aku boots, and they don't accept poor gear. (Well maybe the Brits sometimes do.)

The name, what's up with that? Aku-Aku is some sort of a devilish deity in the Rapa Nui mythology. They can be friendly as well, just treat them right.


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