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The AKU Rock DFS is a technical approach shoe that gives you loads of confidence on the rock and more technical approaches thanks to the DFS system. This makes it an ideal shoe for UK scrambling or Via Ferrata routes.
The AKU Rock DFS is a technical approach shoe that gives you loads of confidence on the rock and more technical approaches thanks to the DFS system. This makes it an ideal shoe for UK scrambling or Via Ferrata routes.
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AKU Mens Rock DFS Green

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AKU Mens Rock DFS Green Information

Season : 2021S R

Brand : Aku

Code : 722.1-051

What is the Rock DFS?

The Rock DFS is a technical approach shoe from AKU that offers both maximum comfort during the approach and a high-performance fit when the climbing and scrambling begins. The key to that dual comfort and performance fit is the Dual Fit System (DFS).

How are they constructed?

Upper: The upper is constructed from a 1.6mm suede leather that is complemented by Air 8000 and Microfiber. The suede and microfiber offer excellent levels of durability whilst the Air 8000 keeps the breathability levels high. The lower portion of the shoe is protected by a rubber rand and reinforced heel cup, helping to ensure your feet are kept safe from unintentional rock strikes on uneven terrain. Front and rear loops make taking the Rock DFS on and off a breeze.

The real party piece of the Rock DFS is the Dual Fit System. The DFS allows you to adjust the comfort and precision of the fit when using the shoes in different environments. Traditional laces keep things comfortable when walking and on easy approaches and a fast lacing system helps to increase sensitivity and security when scrambling and climbing. This really makes the Rock DFS incredibly versatile approach shoes.

Midsole: The midsole uses a lightweight dual-density EVA & PU, the EVA foam provides the cushioning and the PU has been added to the heel for extra durability and support. AKU also includes their excellent ELICA Technology in the shoes to further enhance support. ELICA Technology ensures an anatomical fit to provide better stability and weight distribution across your shoe sole to reduce pressure points and encourage better hiking form.

Outsole: All of the midsole goodness is wrapped in some excellent rubber from Vibram. A Vibram Approcciosa sole with Megagrip to be specific. Megagrip is fantastically sticky and grippy (as the name hopefully suggests) and will help to keep you upright and moving across rocky and uneven terrain. It has been designed to make quick work of trails whilst also giving you the confidence to smear and edge when the going gets more vertical.

How do they fit?

The Rock DFS follow most other footwear from the AKU range, making them a good option for a fairly wide range of feet from slightly narrow through to slightly wide, although those of you at the extreme ends of the spectrum will likely struggle with the fit. 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.
  • Upper: 1.6mm Suede Leather, Air 8000 & Microfiber
  • Lasting board (stiffness): Soft Flex
  • Midsole: Dual Density EVA & PU
  • Outsole: VIBRAM® Approach
  • Upper protection: Rubber Rand
  • Weight Per Boot: 380 Grams

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: 1.6mm Suede Leather, Air 8000 & Microfiber

Lasting board (stiffness): Soft Flex

Lining description: GORE-TEX ® PERFORMANCE COMFORT

Midsole: Dual Density EVA & PU

Outsole: VIBRAM® Approach

Upper protection: Rubber Rand

Weight Per Boot: 380 Grams
Sizing Information

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SIZE
We create our footwear using lasts based on real feet. Because of this we make it easy to find your perfect fit.

1st. Step onto a piece of paper and mark just behind your heel and in front of your longest toe.

2nd. Do this for both feet and then measure the centimeters between these lines. This measurement is your Mondopoint.

3rd. Using the measurement from your longest foot find your correlating size below.

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