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AKU Selvatica Tactical GTX

AKU Selvatica Tactical GTX

Price 164.99 USD excluding VAT

Footwear designed for the urgent intervention forces and for multi-terrain activities, perfect for moving quickly in total comfort. Super lightweight, breathable and dynamic support in the shoe upper and sole, the former bearing ribs that are pre-treated in PU protection, which eliminates stitching.

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Footwear designed for the urgent intervention forces and for multi-terrain activities, perfect for moving quickly in total comfort. Super lightweight, breathable and dynamic support in the shoe upper and sole, the former bearing ribs that are pre-treated in PU protection, which eliminates stitching.

The sole tread has been developed with exclusive AKU Elica Natural Stride System technology to optimize its biodynamic efficiency.

The treads are Vibram Selvatica Megagrip with an optimized surface in contact with the ground for better all-around traction. OrthoLite anti-microbe and breathable insoles, with optimum shock absorption.

Made in Vietnam.

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-Size Foot length UK-Size US-Size
EU 39 246 mm UK 6 US 7
EU 39.5 250 mm UK 6.5 US 7.5
EU 40 254 mm UK 7 US 8
EU 40.5 258 mm UK 7.5 US 8.5
EU 41.5 262 mm UK 8 US 9
EU 42 267 mm UK 8.5 US 9.5
EU 42.5 271 mm UK 9 US 10
EU 43.5 275 mm UK 9.5 US 10.5
EU 44 279 mm UK 10 US 11
EU 44.5 284 mm UK 10.5 US 11.5
EU 45 288 mm UK 11 US 12
EU 46 292 mm UK 11.5 US 12.5
EU 46.5 296 mm UK 12 US 13
EU 47 301 mm UK 12.5 US 13.5
EU 48 305 mm UK 13 US 14

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: Air 8000 / welded PU film
  • Upper protection: Rubber
  • Lining: Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
  • Outsole: Vibram Selvatica Megagrip
  • Midsole: Injected EVA
  • Lasting board (stiffness): 2 mm polypropylene + microporous EVA (flexible)
  • Footbed: CF Soft
  • Weight: 0.85 kg / 1.87 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 vineyards 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 make 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 plant trees to compensate for the emissions they cannot avoid. Also, 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 as clear as the blue sky, promise! The Danish, British, and Swiss armed forces buy Aku boots, and they don't accept poor pieces of 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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