Buzz: TrekSta, Hi-Tec & Aku

Sync It Up
Moscow, Idaho-based TrekSta USA will debut a trail runner under the Sync name for spring. The $125 lightweight shoe, available for men and women, features a 4-millimeter heel drop and a dual-density phylon midsole, with the brand’s proprietary HyperGrip rubber outsole. The style also will be available in a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex version called the Sync GTX for $145. Both styles will deliver in February and are targeted to specialty running shops.

Multi Play
Portland, Ore.-based Hi-Tec is crossing categories with the spring ’13 launch of its Zuuk style. Mesh uppers make the style at home in the water, and elastic lacing and toggles keep them in place. The shoes also feature a lightweight, high-abrasion EVA outsole with an Ortholite footbed containing anti-odor and antimicrobial properties. Available in two colorways for men and six for women, the shoes take their inspiration from Hi-Tec’s court shoe history — the name, short for “zucchini,” pays homage to the sport of squash. Retailing for $65, the shoes will deliver to outdoor and specialty sports accounts in March.

Take a Hike
Italian hiking boot specialist Aku will issue two new styles for spring ’13. The Transalpina LTR GTX, a $250 style for men and women, combines a polyurethane frame with compression-molded EVA in the midsole with another 5-millimeter EVA layer to create a triple-density midsole for support, protection and comfort. The boot also features Gore-Tex waterproofing and a Vibram Cloud rubber outsole. The SL Sintesi GTX boot, also available for men and women and retailing for $250, keeps the foot low to the ground for stability, and a Gore-Tex membrane provides waterproofing. Climbing details include a Vibram Mulaz outsole with a climbing zone at toe, and lacing that extends close to the toe for a better fit. Both styles will deliver to outdoor accounts in March.

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