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.

The Hereford shop is open Monday to Saturday from 09:00 - 17:30.

We are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays because we value our free time and want to keep it that way.

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AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige

AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige

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AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige

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.

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Description

Season : 2019W

Code : AKUMP2DS

Weight : 0KG

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This is the new Mark 2 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 new Mark 2 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 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 DS M2 to breathe 11 times better than any of its competitors.

The key to the comfort and support of the Pilgrim DS M2 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 Mark 2 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.

VAT free sales for qualifying customers outside of the EU please contact us by email (support@trekitt.co.uk) for prices and delivery charges.

  • 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: 1.22kg (pair size 8)

Reviews
4.9
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  • 5

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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
  • 5

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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 all...im a a convert!!! love them P.S. great service from Treckitt was the cherry on the top
    YES Dennis would recommend this item
  • 5

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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

    AKU Pilgrim MK2 DS Desert Beige ,  On

    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
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The product I bought was competitively priced. The video demonstration of the product assisted me in my decision to purchase the item and was very informative, as it showed all of the features and the fit. I chose "click and collect" which was an efficient and quick process. I would definitely shop here again.

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