AKU's Fast Alpina GTX

The Fast Alpina GTX by Fast Alpina

AKU's Fast Alpina GTX

England, Mike
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There’s no better way to cure cabin fever and work off winter fat than to hit the trail. Which is what prompted me to pick up the FastAlpina GTX from AKU, a versatile trail shoe that attacks, with aplomb, the variable conditions of early-season trails. Though classified as a low-top hiker—and with the weight to match, at over a pound apiece—I found them great for running, as well. The suede mesh upper is comfortable and breathes well, while the Gore-Tex lining repels mud and snow. I particularly liked the Vibram Cloud outsole, which is firm, aggressive, and simple—basically an all-terrain tire for the feet. The best part? No crazy colors that scream ostentation, just mellow earth-tones to complement your run or hike through the spring woods. $180; aku.it. 

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