A new way to look at footwear.
The Men's Acrux² FL Approach Shoes from Arc'teryx are an entirely new type of hiking and backpacking shoe. These lightweight shoes feature a durable one piece upper with a polyurethane coating to help repel moisture. Inside the shoes are interchangeable Gore-Tex liners that can be taken out to facilitate washing, drying, and keeping them clean. Rubberized soles on the liners allows them to be used as hut or camp booties as well. 3D molded Ortholite footbeds offer plenty of cushioning to keep your feet happy throughout the day. Vibram MegaGrip soles with RockGrip anti-slip lugs ensure stable, secure footing for your entire hike.
- Seamless, thermolaminated, hydrophobic one piece upper with PU coating
- EVA foam midsole
- Removable, stretchable Gore-Tex liner
- Rubberized sole on liners
- 3D molded Ortholite footbed
- Vibram MegaGrip sole
- RockGrip anti-slip lugs
- Item #ARC00DW
- Q & A
Versatile Mountain Shoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
First, I feel these are true to size. I wear a size 8 and the size 8 is perfect. Second, these are extremely comfortable and seem to mold to your foot the more you wear them. The lacing is solid and really allows you to tune the feel for either backpacking or more technical climbing. Third, the versatility provided by the removable liner is key. I recently did an ascent up Pico de Orizaba(18,490 ft) in Mexico and wanted to go fast and light. After a preliminary day hike from the base to around 16,000 ft, I opted to ditch my Mont Blanc Pros and pair these with my Camp USA XLC crampons. I switched out the standard GTX liner for the Insulated Mid Liner and my feet were comfortable and warm all the way to the summit. My conclusion is that these are a fantastic versatile option, even for high elevation ascents that don't require long exposure. They crush on long technical approaches, offer enough support for carrying a heavy pack, are stiff enough for certain crampons, and climb and edge well. They are my new go to for endeavors ranging from The Grand to the Cirque of the Towers to Orizaba.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
Really wanted to like these shoes. Great construction out of the box. Very sticky rubber. Liners are a great concept. Typical Arcteryx quality.
Unfortunately theres too much slop in the 7.5, but its snug enough to tell that the 7 will be too small. I unfortunately had to return these before use. Someone that runs on the larger end of each size will find these fit well.
Hard soles for inner liner
Good hiking shoes, great grip
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 10.5
I owned this pair for several weeks now and have some initial impressions. I know this shoe is geared towards serious climbers and alpinists of which I am neither, but it seemed to me it could be a great all around hiking shoe that works well in rocky mountainous terrain and is not too cumbersome.
I used it first when I went rock climbing in Squamish, BC, It worked nice on approach and had a good grip (I did not actually climb with it, but I think someone more experienced could probably use it for climbing as well, it's pretty light). I also went backpacking with it on the olympic peninsula coast on a rainy day with some heavy load and it did a very good job - grip on wet beach rocks and wet wooden planks is great and leg hold is good as well. the GTX is very water resistant and the inner part remained fairly dry in the rain and after walking in puddles. the detachable inner sole is a great idea for camp. its very easy to detach, have a hardened sole so you can actually walk with it (it's not a soft slipper) and airs your legs a bit. The only problem I found with it is that it increases the movement inside the shoe if you don't put it back very precisely and that's not very desirable in a hiking shoe. there also seems to be accumulation of debris between inner sole and shoe itself (like with socks), so an occasional emptying is called for. Size wise it runs more or less true to size , I usually run 10-10.5 and I need to use 10.5 on this one. I think this is a good hiking shoe for those not wanting bulky high heel shoes. It has a great grip and saves you from bringing camp shoes. As for how it works for alpinists I guess we'll have to wait for one to write a review. I'm sorry for the quality of the pics, it's not east to take a picture of your own shoes in use and make it work.
What’s the climbing ability? Can I expect 5.8? 5.9? 5.10? Can they smear or edge?
Well Chris Sharma can climb V10 barefoot, so it's hard to pinpoint an exact grade. But I'd say their climbing ability will likely be mediocre at best.
- low ankle means dexterity
- light weight
- laces go all the way down so you can tighten them
- shape of the sole (see attached pic) lends itself to edging and smearing
- the rubber is not sticky. Not even the edges. MegaGrip is specifically hiking-oriented
- if you fit them for hiking, they'll probably be sloppy
- super thick soles make them kind of clumsy
I think a solid 5.11 climber could probably climb easy 5.10 in these, but if you're looking for a hybrid approach/climbing shoe, there are better options.