Established in 1986 Trekitt is family owned and run. We have always been driven by our passion for wild places and mountains and have enjoyed sharing those experiences with our customers for over 30 years.

Trekitt provides top quality equipment and clothing for mountaineers, hill walkers, climbers and travellers and has grown over the years to cater for a wide range of outdoor activities. We hold large stocks of specialist clothing and equipment from the worlds best brands backed up by our award winning customer service.  We are more than a shop, we are a service for adventure, we fully understand that to get the most from your passion you need the best kit that is fit for purpose and suits you personally.  We offer expert boot and rucksack fitting services in our Hereford shop and are always happy to discuss your equipment needs, so just call us.

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AKU Womens Selvatica GTX Grey Lilac

AKU Womens Selvatica GTX Grey Lilac

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The Selvatica is a lightweight, responsive and comfortable shoe for fast ascents and long walking days. Fitted with a Vibram Megagrip sole and AKU Elica Natural Stride System for improved traction and comfort.

Description

Season : 2019S

Code : 679-180-

Weight : 0KG

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What are the Selvatica GTX?

The Selvatica is a new shoe from AKU that has been designed for speed, comfort and traction on multi-terrain environments where sure-footedness, stability and comfort are paramount. It uses advanced construction techniques to reduce weight and stability without sacrificing durability and comfort. Fitted with a Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane for waterproofing and breathability in all conditions.

How is it constructed?

Upper: AKU has used their tried and tested AIR8000 fabric for the uppers. This makes the Selvatica 11 times more breathable than traditionally constructed fabric shoes. 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.

To add support and durability to the uppers AKU has added load bearing ribs, held in place under PU lamination to avoid unnecessary stitching. This PU lamination also extends around the toe box and heel area and there's a rubber toe bumper to provide abrasion resistance.

Liner: Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane for waterproof and breathable performance across a wide range of temperatures and conditions.

Footbed: Ortholite anti-microbe, breathable with optimum shock absorption.

Midsole: A 2mm polypropylene lasting board is used to provide underfoot support and stability. This is combined with Microporous EVA and injection moulded EVA for comfort and shock absorption.

Outsole: A Vibram Megagrip sole unit is used to provide optimum grip on a variety of surfaces. This technically advanced material balances durability with outstanding grip in both wet and dry conditions. The sole also features AKU's clever Elica Natural Stride System that uses specially shaped lugs to provide a more even distribution of foot pressure throughout your stride. Thicker shock absorbing materials and wider lugs feature at the heel strike area to absorb impact and increase the contact area, whilst protruding lugs and shock absorbing materials at the toe-off area distribute push-off forces and provide a greater contact area. 

What are the features?

Most of the key features of this shoe have been covered in the construction above, after all, that's where all the clever stuff is going on. But it's worth pointing out the lightweight nylon lace loops that keep the weight down and allow easy tightening off the laces.

How do the Selvatica's fit?

The Selvatica has a very accommodating last (internal shape) so we've found that they will fit a wide range of foot shapes, they have a mid volume and width making them suitable for just about anyone.  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.

Summary

The AKU Selvatica GTX are a superbly lightweight, comfortable and waterproof shoe for fast and light duties where you need absolute security and minimum weight. Vibram Megagrip and AKU'as own Elica Natural Stride System provide exceptional traction and comfort over long distances.

  • Air 8000 breathable uppers
  • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lining for waterproof and breathable performance
  • Welded PU load bearing ribs for stability
  • Rubber toe rand
  • Minimal stitching
  • Vibram MegaGrip sole unit
  • Elica natural Stride System
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

Upper: AIR 8000 - welded PU - rubber toe protection

lining: GORE-TEX EXTENDED COMFORT

Outsole: VIBRAM SELVATICA MEGAGRIP

Midsole: INJECTED EVA

Lasting Board: 2.0 MM POLYPROPILENE + EVA MICROPOROSA (FLEXIBILE)

Footbed: ORTHOLITE

Weight (1/2 pair): 360g

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