Who knew Arc’teryx made shoes? Actually, they have been for quite awhile. They’re already one of our favorite outdoor brands, thanks to their built-like-a-tank lineup of jackets, but their other products are often overlooked. Still, the new, lightweight hiking shoes – the Arc’teryx Konseal FL Approach – unveiled this past summer, certainly don’t disappoint. They have a flexible, TPU injected chassis that allows them to remain nimble and light on rocky ascents, but enough padding to keep your feet comfortable on the go.
Actually, the amount of cushioning makes them more akin to trail running shoes than to ultra-light hiking shoes, which means they may not be quite as stable and firm as some shoes with higher ankles and firmer builds. The The injected EVA midsole and 4-mm OrthoLite 3-D molded insole are quite cushioning, and absorb impact on trails and running quite well. That doesn’t mean they aren’t light, however, coming in at a 1 pound 10 ounces – for two. Less than one pound per foot, which should make dashing up rocks and hauling long-distance treks quite easy.
The sole is a Vibram Megagrip, with shallow lugs that provide great grip and traction on any surface; they really shine on rock, of course, since that is where they are meant to be used. The toe features a solid section for rock climbing. A raised toe cap keeps the front of shoe abrasion-resistant and keeps it from being damaged on impact.
And of course, these shoes are pure Arc’teryx quality; they are tightly crafted and neatly stitched, and sure to hold up to rugged terrain and heavy use for quite some time. Outdoor enthusiasts would expect nothing less from the Vancouver-based brand. They make not look like much more than a pair of sneakers, but these shoes are built for the trails. Available Spring 2018.