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.

Weight

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

Comfort

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.

Approach

“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.

Scrambling/Climbing

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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