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AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS MOD Brown

AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS MOD Brown

£170.96 £189.95
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AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige
AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS MOD Brown

Widely used by world wide Special Forces the AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS is a multi-purpose highly breathable 6" boot with outstanding support, stability and impact absorption. Perfect when carrying heavy loads or undertaking more arduous duties.


Season : 2020W R


Weight : 0KG

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What are the AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS MOD Boots?

The MK2 Range of the Pilgrim family is the most popular of all Pilgrim incarnations and is now back and exclusive to Trekitt in the UK. 

Developed from the original AKU Navy Seal, the Pilgrim MK2 is a stable and supportive military boot with the same unparalleled breathability and quick-drying properties as its predecessor.

How are they Constructed?

Upper: The uppers are made from Air 8000, making the Pilgrim DS Combat 11 times more breathable than traditionally constructed fabric boots. This is achieved by laminating the lining fabric to the nylon face fabric using microdot 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. A leather bi-cast rand provides further protection. The combination of these technologies allows the Pilgrim DS Combat to breathe superbly and remain highly durable. 

Midsole:  The key to the comfort and support of the Pilgrim DS Combat is the tried and tested AKU Internal Midsole System (IMS) 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 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 hard material. Below the IMS midsole is a thicker layer of high-density EVA which absorbs impact forces from the ground.

Outsole: This Mark 2 version features a 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.

Footbed: Custom Fit IMS featuring anatomical support, breathability, moisture management and quick-drying.

What are the features?

Most of the technologically advanced features are found in the construction (above), it's these techniques that make these boots so very good. But it's worth mentioning the full-grain leather lacing placket that provides durability and quick lacing when you need to deploy quickly. The laces also extend right down to the toe of the boot to accommodate a variety of foot shapes and sizes. They also feature a locking lace hook at the ankle flex point to allow you to vary the tension from the top to the bottom of the boot. A leather bi-cast rand protects the lowers from abrasion and a small toe bumper reduces damage, especially in the kneeling position.

How do they fit?

The new MOD Pilgrim boots all share the same last (internal shape) which features a mid-high volume around the toe box and a regular to wide fit. As mentioned before, the laces extend right down to the toe, so you can loosen or tighten to get the perfect fit. Size-wise they are very accurate, so if you normally wear a 9, get a 9. Getting footwear sizing right online can be tricky, so we recommend giving our Footwear Sizing Guide (found below in the Care and Advice section) a quick read.


Proven on duty and in operation, Pilgrim boots have become the first choice for specialist armed forces and emergency services throughout the world and this new Pilgrim DS Combat model carries on that tradition of utter dependability and trusted performance.

  • The non-waterproof design allows water to drain
  • AIR8000 uppers for Improved breathability and quick drying
  • IMS - Internal Midsole System for support and stability
  • Vibram Brown Sole - Improved grip and impact absorption

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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: 1.22kg (pair size 8)

  • 5

    Reviewed by Nick,  On 22/02/2015 07:40:50

    Excellent lightweight hard wearing boot used daily in Iraq, better sole in my opinion than the Mk 1 boot. This is my second pair of boots and an upgrade from the Mk1 boots that lasted for over two years, only replaced due to sole is now worn. Used my rewards points so got money off plus Ive gained another £6+ for my next purchase. Thanks Trekkit.
    YES Nick would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Alfie,  On 02/03/2015 13:19:15

    Brilliant pair of boots went tabbing in them straight away would recommend them to anyone. I was happy with the loyalty points from Trekitt as well. Cheers guys
    YES Alfie would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Graham,  On 15/05/2015 20:45:27

    Fantastic boots! A must for anyone who does a lot of walking!! Highly recommended
    YES Graham would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Oceanmaster,  On 24/06/2015 21:51:57

    These boots are nails, straight out of the box comfy. No issues at all, pictures dont do the craftsmanship justice. Buy with confidence
    YES Oceanmaster would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Dennis,  On 29/07/2015 09:49:53

    I have been a German boot fan for decades but had a few reservations about the breathability of various hot weather models and decided to risk buying a pair of AKU DS for an upcoming desert area trip. I have been very impressed with this boot from opening the box...remarkable attention to detail and these boots ooze obvious top shelf quality materials and craftsmanship. Size was spot on and a few tabs have shown no problem areas at a a convert!!! love them P.S. great service from Treckitt was the cherry on the top
    YES Dennis would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Richie,  On 01/04/2016 15:09:04

    I have been wearing these boots everyday for two months now and would say they are some of the most comfortable that Ive had. Stick to the Trekitt measuring system to get the right size and you wont go wrong. Good in a hot climate - Im in Somalia. Wouldnt hesitate to recomend these boots. Excellent service from Trekitt!
    YES Richie would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by jason,  On 13/06/2016 18:20:03

    I know these boots are expensive, but Ive never had such comfortable boots straight out of the box. Used them on a weeks walking in Wales with temperatures in the high 20s. No hot spots and kept my feet as cool as you could expect in the conditions. I cant vouch for how long they will last yet, but the quality seems superb. Really impressed so far.
    YES jason would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Jason,  On 21/06/2016 07:47:30

    An really comfortable boot. The sizing recommendations are spot on and these boots needed no breaking in for me. Id considered the GTX variant but chose these as my Salomons are still good for wet conditions. These however are a better fit that the Salomon boots and quite a bit lighter. For dry/arid conditions, thesell be perfect.
    YES Jason would recommend this item
  • 4

    Reviewed by Marnal,  On 13/07/2016 21:51:29

    The boots are not very hot, they are excellent for warm weather. The sole is great for walking long distances on uneven and rocky ground although Id have preferred it to be larger. I tried them in low mountains with the temperature up to 35ºC. Good boots, I recommend them.
    YES Marnal would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by John zoumides ,  On 12/09/2016 12:59:32

    Incredible pair of boots! Comfortable as anything, fantastically made and made to last. A true all round boot. Wont buy anything else in the future
    YES John zoumides would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Mike,  On 11/02/2017 12:02:10

    Really comfortable boots. Look and feel like a quality product. Shipping to Australia was quick.
    YES Mike would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Paul,  On 01/04/2017 07:55:54

    Great service, super fast delivery. These boots are awesome! Lightweight, comfortable and robust.
    YES Paul would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Mark,  On 07/05/2017 06:12:04

    Fantastic boot, build quality is outstanding and the comfort level is Rolls Royce of footwear.
    YES Mark would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Thomas,  On 11/05/2017 09:52:27

    Excellent boot. Light, comfortable.
    YES Thomas would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Bas,  On 18/07/2017 10:57:11

    First impressions are great, no break in required for me. Stepped right off in them. Cant wait to get them dirty in the hills
    YES Bas would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Steve,  On 24/04/2018 20:27:38

    Top boots. Normally wear a 9.5 uk in lowa boots. Went for a 10 uk perfect fit. Get a pair
    YES Steve would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Frederick,  On 05/07/2018 05:39:25

    Very comfortable straight out of the box and a quick delivery too. The boots are the coolest walking boots I have ever worn. I can actually feel the cool air through the boots as I walk! I wear Rochdale trekkers with them.
    YES Frederick would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Alan,  On 13/07/2018 10:08:10

    Fantastic set of boots. Light and robust. Would be hard to find a better boot.
    YES Alan would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Ian,  On 31/07/2018 13:37:22

    Very good quality and I didn’t need to break them in for more than a day. Perfect boot for up the hills.
    YES Ian would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Rhodri ,  On 08/09/2018 23:01:52

    Hot feet means I opted for a non GTX version. Not my first pair of AKU boots but these are different to the Alpine boots and the Petra desert boots I have. Lighter and a closer fit. First wear boots felt snug and changed socks to lightweight bridgedales to resolve. Second wear feet settled into boots well. Urban walk and lunch low profile boot wasnt out of place. Very satisfied with delivery- Royal Mail so nothing went astray. Will put the boots to work from now on.
    YES Rhodri would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Omar,  On 23/12/2016 03:13:20

    Great item very light weight and comfortable. super fast shipping will definitely recommend to anyone
    YES Omar would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Alastair,  On 11/03/2017 11:35:26

    Excellent boots, delivered within a week to Kenya. Thank you
    YES Alastair would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Nicky H,  On 17/03/2017 18:44:07

    Amazing boots but whats better is the service at trekkit, much better to deal with than any big store. A special thanks to Ian in Hereford store.
    YES Nicky H would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Steve,  On 26/03/2017 17:19:28

    Like pillows for your feet, I have wide feet and the boots still needed no breaking in. Great service great product.
    YES Steve would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Andy ,  On 05/04/2017 15:42:41

    Excellent boots highly recommended
    YES Andy would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Martin,  On 01/05/2017 22:19:32

    After seeing guys wearing these boots, I quizzed them about them and they said that they are as comfy as wearing trainers. I took the plunge an asked about delivery to BFPO, which Trekitt do, and purchased a pair. The guys I spoke to about the boots in the first place were right in what they said, a very comfy boot and I'm very happy with my purchase of the boot. I would also like to thank the team at Trekitt for being helpful with my questions and getting back to me with answers very pronto. Thanks again Team Trekitt for supplying me with a awesome pair of boots.
    YES Martin would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Brent,  On 31/05/2017 10:54:34

    Used the sizing guide to get the perfect fit. Put them on and did two Ultra marathons in two days. No blisters and no issues. The boots are actually more comfortable than my trainers! Excellent for tabbing and as an all round boot, highly recommend. Excellent boots
    YES Brent would recommend this item
  • 4

    Reviewed by Douglas,  On 14/09/2017 11:46:29

    Only thing I have put in is new insoles as the ones that come with the boots were not as comfortable but otherwise the boots are exactly what I need.
    YES Douglas would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Danny,  On 17/09/2017 18:36:14

    Great boot for all activities, good for running, tabbing and also great on the assault course.
    YES Danny would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by john,  On 22/10/2017 18:53:29

    Awesome pair of boots, one of the best i have had. Plenty of support and light enough to run in. Had them about a week and they are fitting like a glove
    YES john would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Tony,  On 14/02/2018 17:09:55

    Outstanding boots, perfect fit straight from the box. Would recommend them to anyone. First class fit, comfort and quality.
    YES Tony would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Tony,  On 14/02/2018 17:12:55

    Outstanding boots fit perfectly straight from the box. Outstanding fit, quality and workmanship. Would fully recommend them to anyone. Thanks also to trekitt for first class customer service and rapid delivery. Very pleased indeed.
    YES Tony would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Nick B,  On 07/06/2018 22:46:09

    An excellent pair of boots. Comfortable straight from the box, seem to fit true to size. Delivery outside of the U.K. was quick and easy.
    YES Nick B would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Michael,  On 30/07/2018 09:38:27

    Now I never normally write reviews but I was particularly pleased with this product. I’ll start off by saying I bought these boots on Late Friday afternoon, normal 3-5 working day delivery and they turned up at 9am Monday morning! Bought the DS boots for senior Brecon as I thought the goretex ones may be a little warm running round in. I’m a size 10 and a size 10 I ordered, fit perfectly wearing my bridgedale socks. Yet to try the boot out properly but very happy with the service.
    YES Michael would recommend this item
  • 3

    Reviewed by Adam,  On 22/08/2018 16:04:49

    a bit heavier than expected, bought them for the lakes, looks like a good all round walking boot, don’t think It would sway me as a tabbing boot, I’d stick with alt berg sneakers, less rigid and lighter.
    YES Adam would recommend this item
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    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!
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    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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