AKU Rock DFS GTX review: a technical approach shoe for rocky terrain

Crafted to offer the best of both worlds, AKU’s Rock DFS GTX blend the best parts of hiking and climbing shoes. (image credit: AKU)
It’s ace in the pack is its innovative Dual Fit Lacing, a second lacing system that enables you to tighten things up at the front end of the shoe. (image credit: AKU)
As well as this, the sole features lugs for grip when hiking, as well as climbing shoe-style traction zones at the front and back. (image credit: AKU)
It’s no surprise to see the inclusion of a Vibram Megagrip sole, which is very much the go-to for leading approach shoes thanks to its ironclad grip on rock. (image credit: Alex Foxfield)
The climbing zones at the tip and rear of the sole, combined with the low toe box also give you enhanced precision. (image credit: Alex Foxfield)
Gore-Tex waterproofing is a big selling point and hints at the fact AKU have got hikers and mountaineers in their crosshairs (image credit: Alex Foxfield)
AKU’s exclusive Elica Natural Stride System reduces the impact of pounding the trails for hours on end, giving you grip and stability. (image credit: Alex Foxfield)