This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of our print edition.
Designed for moderate approaches, cragging, and around-town wear, the Arakys features style and innovation in a lightweight shoe. Arc’teryx’s Adaptive Fit Lite technology creates a laminated one-piece upper that conforms to the foot, eliminating hot spots and providing a solid fit for scrambling and climbing easy terrain. “The Arakys stood out for single-pitch cragging and bouldering,” one tester said. “A buckle closure replaces regular laces for fast on and off, and the back of the shoe folds flat for when your climbing shoes are off and you’re on belay duty.” While the buckle closure is perfect for constant shoe changes, testers found it harder to dial in fit, and one tester said it was difficult to actually get the buckle hooked. An EVA foam midsole provided comfort and support for mileage with a heavy pack, while the one-piece upper helped testers feel more secure when terrain got technical. To maximize performance, downsize a full size from your standard street shoe. The Arakys packs flat and weighs 9.5 ounces for a half pair of men’s 9.5, perfect for clipping to a harness or cramming in a pack.
Ideal for cragging, bouldering, or multi-pitching when you need a pair of descent shoes, these are lightweight but supportive for both trail travel and technical terrain. Great if you’re looking for one shoe to do it all.
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