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AKU Pilgrim HL DS MOD Brown

AKU Pilgrim HL DS MOD Brown

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An incredibly breathable and supportive 9 inch high tactical boot. Sanifit lined for unbeatable breathability with outstanding support, stability and impact absorption. Perfect when carrying heavy loads and arduous duties.

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This is the 9" High Leg version of the hugely successful AKU Pilgrim DS boot. These boots are exclusive to Trekitt in the UK and were developed from the original AKU Navy Seal to provide a stable and supportive multi-purpose 6" ankle boot with the same unparalleled breathability and quick drying properties. The Pilgrim range of boots have been used throughout the world by special forces and emergency services for effective rapid intervention work and specialist operations.

This HL DS version features a new Vibram Brown sole unit to improve the boots MTP compatibility with the advantage of enhanced grip and shock absorption. This is achieved by using a carbon rubber sole compound that flexes and moulds to the terrain yet remains hard wearing and durable.

This HL DS model is perfect for demanding duties in hot climates where ultimate breathability and quick drying are critical. The uppers are made from Air 8000, making the Pilgrim DS 11 times more breathable than traditionally constructed fabric boots. This is achieved by laminating the lining fabric to the nylon face fabric using micro dot net glue which uses adhesive in a matrix pattern to ensure maximum breathability and structural integrity. Other manufacturers use a complete layer of glue to stick the lining to the outer, this effectively blocks up the fabric and greatly reduces breathability.

The face fabric is a tough 3D woven nylon constructed with a raised and increased surface area which provides outstanding abrasion resistance. The combination of these technologies allows the Pilgrim HL DS to breathe 11 times better than any of its competitors.

The key to the comfort and support of the Pilgrim HL DS is the AKU Internal Midsole System which uses an anatomically shaped 3D midsole that mimics the natural foot shape. Normally midsoles are flat and offer no support to the foot, only dictating the stiffness of the boot. With an IMS 3D midsole the foot is cradled in a relaxed position therefore reducing fatigue and minimising foot movement. Above the IMS midsole is a 3mm layer of high density EVA, this protects the user from loading forces particularly when carrying heavy packs and provides a layer of protective support for foot rather than it resting on a hard material. Below the IMS midsole is a thicker layer of 5mm (under the forefoot) and 17mm (under the heel) high density EVA which absorbs impact forces from the ground. IMS 3D anatomical midsoles remove the need to “upgrade” boots with off the shelf supports and insoles.

The AKU Pilgrim HL DS features the tried and tested internal shape for improved forefoot width and secure heel grip making this boot perfectly capable of long tours and extended duties. The new Vibram Brown outsole features deep lugs for improved grip on a variety of terrain and has a built in rocker to produce a stable and progressive walking platform.

Proved on duty and in operation the Pilgrim has become the boot of choice for specialist armed forces and emergency services throughout the world and is available in 6" ankle and 9" high leg versions.

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  • IMS - Internal Midsole System for support and stability
  • AIR8000 - Superb breathability and quick drying
  • Vibram Brown Sole - Improved grip and impact absorption
  • Proven in worldwide operations
Care & Advice

Here at Trekitt we know all too well of the difficulties people face when purchasing footwear online. The hardest part is being confident that you have picked the correct fitting footwear, so that is what we will cover in this blog (or if you prefer you can CLICK HERE to watch our video).

In our Hereford shop we offer a professional boot fitting service where we assess your feet, find a selection of boots that match you foot shape and most importantly we make sure that they are comfortable. This is easy to do in the shop, where we have access to the right tools, the option of letting you try on as many styles as you like and a knowledgeable member of staff that can communicate directly with you regarding your needs.

But let’s not dwell on what you don’t have, instead we shall teach you how to ascertain your size using some common household objects.

What you will need:

  1. A piece of A4 paper
  2. A pen or pencil
  3. A floor and a flat wall
  4. A ruler or tape measure

What you need to do:

  1. Put on the socks that you intend to use with the footwear you have selected
  2. Place the paper/cardboard on the floor with one end flush against a wall
  3. Stand on the A4 paper with your heel pressed firmly against the wall and your foot pointed forward with the edge of your big toe aligned with the edge of the paper.
  4. Draw a line just in front of your big toe
  5. Measure the distance from the wall edge of the paper to the line you drew
  6. Repeat the process for the other foot
  7. Finally, check the longer of the two measurements against the table below to find your size
Your measurement (cm) UK Size EU Size
21.7 3 35
22.1 3.5 36
22.5 4 37
22.9 4.5 37.5
23.3 5 38
23.7 5.5 39
24.1 6 39.5
24.5 6.5 40
24.9 7 41
25.4 7.5 41.5
25.8 8 42
26.2 8.5 42.5
26.6 9 43
27 9.5 44
27.4 10 44.5
27.8 10.5 45
28.3 11 46
28.8 11.5 46.5
29.2 12 47
29.6 12.5 47.5
30 13 48
30.4 13.5 49

NOTE: The above table is only a guide. Manufactures don’t like to make it easy as every single one of them strays from the measurements above.

So, once you have received your chosen footwear please take the time to do these simple tests to check they are actually the right size and that they fit the rest of your foot correctly.

The length test

  1. Whip out the removable footbed from the boots.
  2. Put them on the floor about shoulder-width apart.
  3. With your socks on, stand on the footbeds making sure that your heels are right to the back of the heel cup.
  4. You should now be able to see approximately 2 cm (about an index fingers width) of the footbed poking out in front of your toes.

If you can see this amount of space then you are pretty much on the way to making sure that your boots are the correct size. This space between your toes and the end of the footbed ensures that you will not stub your toes on the inside of the boot when you descend. This can be excruciatingly painful. If you can’t see this amount of space then it’s a good bet that the boots will be too small.

The heel lift test

This test will tell you if the shape of the internal heel cup matches your heel to ensure it holds you securely, especially when ascending steep ground. We are trying to eliminate the dreaded heel blister.

Before you commence this test it is imperative that you have laced the boots correctly.

  1. Tap your heel so it’s as far back in the boot as possible, being sure to keep your foot at a right angle to your leg at all times during the next few steps.
  2. Make sure that the laces have no slack in them across the forefoot by starting at the front of the boot and working the slack backwards and to the top. You should just be able to squeeze the end section of your finger under the laces, not easily, but just about.
  3. If you are wearing shoes then ensure the last upper part of the lacing is tight, not cutting off your circulation tight, but certainly comfortably snug as this will hold your heel back in the heel cup and will reduce any excess slipping (If you are wearing boots, this will be the eyelets that sit just below/inline the ankle).
  4. Please also make sure when trying out boots that use all the lace hooks, don’t be tempted to leave the top one undone as your foot needs to be held securely right in the back of the boot.
  5. Now that your boots are done up properly stand up on your tiptoes and walk on the spot on the balls of your feet as if you are walking up a steep hill. If your heels lift more than approximately 5mm from the footbed you may need to pull the laces tighter, or the boots may just be the wrong shape for you.

The toe wiggle test

This test is designed to check whether you have enough room around your toes. Your toes need to be in a happy place, they need plenty of room to wiggle without being squashed together, or cramped in from above. However they don’t want to be swimming around in acres of space either, this will cause friction blisters and stability problems when traversing hillsides. So, with the boots done up properly, walk around your house and make sure that your toes can wiggle freely.

Home Trial Period

However, even after the most rigorous assessment and testing, there is no better way to be absolutely sure than to have the boots on your feet for an extended period of time. We therefore offer our Home Trial Period which gives you the opportunity to wear the boots around your house to give you an indication of how they feel before you venture outside. We recommend that during the Home Trial Period that you wear the boots for as long as possible and at different times of the day, wear them up and down stairs, when moving around and when resting, you can even sleep in them if you want. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: During the Home Trial Period we insist that the boots are worn indoors only. All footwear must be returned in a new and perfect condition with the original packaging and a proof of purchase. We retain the right to refuse to refund or exchange if footwear shows any sign of being worn outside.

For full details on footwear aftercare please check out our related blog here.

Technical Information

Weight: 1.36kg (pair size 8)

  • 5

    Reviewed by Karl,  On 03/12/2014 14:29:03

    Having previously owned a pair of black AKU ankle boots , it was the obvious choice to go for the same make of boot when needing the high top version Very comfortable boots for hot/ desert conditions
    YES Karl would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Neil,  On 24/08/2015 12:29:43

    This is my first pair of Aku, having worn a competitors boots for over 20 years. Needless to say I will not be using theirs anymore! The Pilgrims are everything they aspire to be. (And are far superior). The service from Trekit is first class, so all in all I am a very happy customer. Thanks guys.
    YES Neil would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Robert,  On 22/01/2016 12:59:57

    The most comfortable boots Ive worn. I opted for the non goretex version for all year round use and to keep my feet cool in the winter. After all I can always wear goretex socks if needed. Ordered on the 23rd December and delivered Christmas eve so excellent service from Trekkit. Even came with a complimentary packet of Haribo! Comfy from the start with the lace to toe fitting and after a couple of days the flex in the toe area broke in so now really soft & comfortable. Good waterproofness even in wet grass. Im normally a wearer of another well known British make of military boots and wear the Jungles & issue BCWW; but these are far superior in comfort. Highly recommend; only dilemma now is do I buy a GTX boot or the normal sand desert boot!
    YES Robert would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by ALEXANDER,  On 23/02/2016 20:18:06

    This boot never disappoints, It is designed to wear for everyday use and is perfect fit. Beautiful hand made and you know the quality as soon as you put the boots on your feet. I will not spend my money on any other boot. AKU are the leading makers in comfort and durability! If your going to spend this kind of money then you wont go wrong with this boot! I love em.
    YES ALEXANDER would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Ryan,  On 25/02/2017 10:05:51

    Great pair of boots very comfy and light.
    YES Ryan would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Roger Goodhead,  On 08/07/2017 07:27:38

    Excellent straight out of the box, comfortable, No breaking - in. The Only thing I would change is make the gaps in the tread a bit bigger, in these semi - dry conditions, they tend to clog up more than I would expect.Not a wearing problem, just had to clean them :-) Fast efficient delivery. Well done, Thank you.
    YES Roger Goodhead would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Aaron,  On 19/08/2017 21:17:03

    My feet are annoyingly fussy when it comes to boots, so I was apprehensive to receive these without trying them on. I am a size 13 and the length was perfect and true to size. I prefer a wide fit especially in the toe box, however the boots, which are medium as standard, manage to achieve a perfect balance, giving the foot enough space to feel unrestricted and at the same time feeling secure and stable, which for me, is the most impressive aspect of these boots. Most military boots tend to either feel restrictive or have too much movement and end up feeling clunky and stiff. The attention to detail of these boots puts them in a class of their own as far as military boots are concerned. AKU demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of the human foot and the movement requirements during motion, this is evident in the form used to shape the footbed, which creates a stable and supportive surface with comfort levels I've only ever experienced in running shoes or slippers. The heel is perfectly secure and stable, as is the mid and forefoot, with ample toe box room that prevents excess movement - simply fantastic design. Even the lacing system is more effective than other brands I have used (Ive used most), allowing you to create looser or tighter areas quite precisely. The support provided by the high leg gives a great feeling of confidence in the rigidity of the boot - along with the perfect footbed, it feels like these boots are custom made for me. I cant praise the fit of these enough. The materials used are lightweight and durable, exactly what is desired. I have both this and the GTX version (which perform perfectly in inclement weather), however I am yet to try these out in a desert environment which will test the Air 8000 material to its limit. Thus far they performed fantastically in 30*C. AKU and Trekitt have created the iPhone of the military boot world. Perfect form, perfect function. Thank you and congratulations.
    YES Aaron would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Sanjiv Rai,  On 14/03/2018 20:29:55

    Excellent boots better than any boots I have worn altberg sneeker , altberg Various this one is the best boots . Good for military . Suggest to anyone to buy these AKU .
    YES Sanjiv Rai would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Bradley ,  On 03/05/2018 23:25:46

    The Aku boots are amazingly comfortable, they are extremely light and look great! I would definitely recommend the company as well as the boots! Very good service with quick delivery and an easy return for the boots I bought. The sizes are about 0.5 smaller than your average boot so go 9.5 if your normally a 9. Thanks Trekitt!
    YES Bradley would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Marc,  On 08/06/2018 05:34:40

    These AKU boots have to be some of the best boots on the market. So easy to break in and really lightweight. I would highly recommend to anyone.
    YES Marc would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by mikkel,  On 18/03/2019 21:49:44

    best boot i have ever had, no need for breaking in walked 20KM same day as they arrived at my door, i have very hot feet so GTX is out of the question so this boot was the obvious choice for me i have marched about 300km during the last 18 day and not a single blister and its not counting trips around the garrison
    YES mikkel would recommend this item
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    Emily - May 2020
    Amazing service! Very helpful in regards sizing and what most matched my needs, despite this being done over the internet. YouTube videos of products being examined are very useful also. Would definitely use again, very fast and efficient delivery. Brilliant! Highly recommended!
    David R - April 2020
    Highly recommend. I usually go to the shop in Hereford as staff are alwasy very helpful and knowledgeable. So this was the first time I have purchased online and the service was just as good as the shop.
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