2017 Approach Shoe Review: Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX

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The Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX approach shoe.

The Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX approach shoe.


23 oz per pair; men’s and women’s versions.


The Acrux offers features unique in this review, namely a no-tongue liner (think clog) and molded one-piece upper. With its pared-down design, the shoe was also one of the lightest. Our tester dug the stretchy, tongue-free Gore-Tex liner, molded footbed, and mid-height ankle support, but did note that the seamless one-piece upper required break-in to flex with the foot.


“This is a performance shoe built for mixed conditions,” our tester said. She also noted that the shoe was amazingly waterproof, and let zero snow/dirt/mud in as she kicked around on rain-soaked trails. If you hike often in wet conditions (think West Virginia or the Pacific Northwest), then this is the shoe for you.


The Acrux has Vibram Megagrip rubber, in this case on a Light Approach outsole. “The rubber was grippy and reliable, with a sticky toebox and heel,” said our tester. “It had an excellent grip on wet rock.” While the shoe edged well, it felt a bit stiff on smears and jams, given that the uppers, during break-in, made foot positioning a bit fussy.

$200, arcteryx.com 

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