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Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe - Men's


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    8 Reviews


    Gobs of grip for formidable approaches.

    Designed for grueling approaches through mixed conditions, the Arc'teryx Men's Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe conquers muddy paths, shallow streams, and rugged talus fields en route to your climbing destination. Relatively lightweight for such a robust shoe, the Acrux SL GTX maximizes speed when time is of the essence. The seamless one-piece uppers, TPU high-abrasion film, and sticky rubber toe prevent excess wear across stretches of formidable terrain.

    Arc'teryx's Adaptive Fit zonal stretch liner conforms to key areas of the foot, customizing the fit for cloud-nine comfort and maximum support. Keeping you dry in the wettest environments, the Gore-Tex membrane keeps your feet from succumbing to creek crossings, wet ravines, and raging downpours. This waterproof membrane is fully breathable, so your feet don't drown in perspiration or heat during strenuous use.

    The defining point of this approach shoe, the Vibram Arc'teryx Light Approach sole combines sticky climbing traction and smearing with a mountaineering heel tread for improved downhill braking. This approach-specific sole features Vibram's MegaGrip rubber compound for unbelievable grip when you're scaling slick boulders and walking across precarious ledges where falling isn't an option.

    • Grippy approach shoe for rugged alpine terrain
    • Gore-Tex membrane keeps out soaking-wet conditions
    • PU-coated nylon upper for lightweight durability
    • TPU high-abrasion film prevents tears and ripping
    • Arc'teryx Adaptive Fit Lite liner for customized fit
    • Vibram Arc'teryx Light Approach sole for sticky grip
    • "Y" mountaineering heel allows for controlled braking
    • Arc'teryx designs products with an emphasis on no-nonsense function
    • Item #ARC00LE

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    [upper material] seamless one-piece (PU-coated nylon), [protective overlays] TPU high-abrasion film, [toe cap] sticky rubber
    Arc'teryx Adaptive Fit Lite zonal stretch liner
    3D-molded Ortholite footbed
    Vibram Arc'teryx Light Approach (sticky climbing with mountaineering heel tread), Vibram MegaGrip rubber compound, "Y" Groove split heel (for braking)
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 5.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    approach, climbing, hiking
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    Great Light Water Resistant

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 7.5
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion.

    Having taken Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe to the Gunks, Red River Gorge, New River Gorge it's seen a variety of different types of approaches with a variety of different carried loads, from the nice approaches flat but trad climbing loads of the Gunks, to the more steep, wet, and muddy approaches of the Red River Gorge. I was only able to test it out in the summer so this is regarding summer usage.

    Weight: 5/5
    Grip: 5/5
    Comfort: 4/5
    Water-Resistance: 4/5
    Durability: 4/5 so far
    Climbing: 3/5

    Overall: Lightweight, GORE-TEX liner, breathes great especially considering GORE-TEX liner, grips exceptionally well, including on wet rock, good for summer usage, does keep water out unless submerged, dries exceptionally fast.

    Durability: As of now, I can't tell how the durability is as the Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe hasn't seen more than the summer. However, since that time usage during the summer, it has held up spectacularly and don’t see durability being an issue. Given that it’s under the Arcteryx category of SL rather than AR or FL, I assumed that the Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe would not hold up as well, but the material used on the shoe is exceptionally durable especially considering the SL category it goes under.

    Usage: As an approach shoe, it excels on rock as the grip on rock is awesome. On wet rock it does better than the Guide Tennie in my opinion. The Vibram MegaGrip rubber seems to be great and equal or better than Five Ten Stealth. Sized correctly, I do believe that these shoes would be fine for very easy 5th class climbing as the toe box is quite stiff but due to the sizing of the shoe I received, it wouldn’t have been good for climbing. If I received a 7.0 instead of a 7.5, I think I wouldn’t have minded climbing in them as there is a climbing toe rubber and the toe box is stiff enough to edge decently on. In the Gunks, I could see myself climbing in a smaller size of Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe on 5.4 or 5.3, but not beyond that.

    Comfort/Fit: I found the ortholite insole to be very comfortable, even when carrying a BD Creek 50 with a double rack of cams, nuts, 15 alpines draws, 70 m rope, 2 liters of water, chalk bag, helmet, harness, and some food. I also felt it was stable as an approach shoe for the heavy load that I would carry sometimes. I did not find the toe box restricting as others have which may be due to the shape of my foot. I found the Acrux SL GTX toe box to be nicely sized with enough space that I did not feel any hot spots in my foot. The one part of the shoe that I thought wasn’t as comfortable was the heel as I thought the heel could have been a bit deeper.

    Breathability: Water permeability seems to be minimal and found that it breathed well enough to not soak my shoes from the inside. The shoe handled stepping in the puddles of the Red River Gorge well, and partial submersion it’ll do great in. However, if the shoe were to be ¾ or more submerged water will begin to leak in. The water leaks in not from the sides of the shoe but by the tongue, as would any shoe that isn’t mid-sized. Not a flaw of the Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe, but rather that the shoe does not go up to the ankles aka mid-sized boot. Bonus of it is that if the shoes do get soaked, they dry out incredibly fast.

    All in all, Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe is a great shoe. I’ve tried a couple approach shoes from Guide Tennie, La Sportiva TX4, TX2, and never tried a Arcteryx shoe. Having tried the Arc'teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe, my expectations regarding what the Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe could handle were met very well and, for some characteristics, beyond what I thought it could handle. If you’re looking for a shoe that is pretty water resistant, breathable enough, used for approaches, and (if sized correctly) for easy 4th class to very easy 5th class climbing, very lightweight, durable, then the Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe should be considered.

    Couldn't love it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Bought these to replace a worn out pair of 5:10 Guide Tennies. Initially drawn to the minimalist aesthetic, I wanted to love these shoes; so much so, in fact, that I ordered both the SL and SL-GTX versions for the sake of comparison. In an indoor, side by side comparison I found the SL-GTX version less cramped in the toe box, and in general feeling thinner and lighter. Standing indoors the SL-GTX pair felt much cooler and more moccasin-like, whereas the SL pair felt more like a nicely padded sneaker, albeit snug like an approach shoe should feel. I decided to return the SL's and put some wear on the SL-GTX's.

    After several miles I found the synthetic material is pretty unforgiving in the front quarter part of the shoe. Because it is thin (and unpadded) it binds and folds, pressing into the soft upper part of the foot. Additionally, the collar lining is only a thin layer of fabric covering the end of the GoreTex material, and a sharp edge of the GTX membrane digs right through into the ankle. I've worn them for several miles of walking and hiking and had to return. Perhaps the SL, while sacrificing waterproofness, benefit from extra padding, but I have not field tested those yet.

    Comfortable, Great Grip on Hard Surfaces

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    The Acrux SL GTX shoes have been very good so far. Several hikes in wet muddy condition in the Northwest. Very comfortable. Gore Tex liner does a great job of preventing moisture from seeping into the shoes. Clean up well. Soles grip on hard surfaces, wet or dry like rocks. Grip / traction overall is good, not great.

    Biggest negative, if you hit muddy conditions, especially if you are going up a steep grade where you will be on your toes more than heels grip is not very good. Not much traction in front section of soles.

    Still, like these due to comfort, waterproof liner and grip on hard surfaces.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    The stock shoelaces constantly come untied, drives me mad. These shoes fit snug, and do feel very comfortable. I wouldn’t buy again.

    So far so good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I was looking for an approach shoe that 1) has climbing rubber on the sole and 2) is waterproof. This shoe has both of those features and, so far, has kept me dry (in dewy feilds) and has kept me on my toes (when scampering across limestone and granite talus fields. They don't have the most comfortable insole but they're comfortable enough. So far, they've delivered in all the ways that matter to me.

    So far so good

    These shoes are pretty great

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    Water proof GTX, super lightweight, awesome grip... i rock hop across rivers with 40 lbs on my back and these shoes stick without an issue. they are designed well so i think they'll last a long time. They slip off and on easily.

    Only down side is they are very thin with no insulation so if its cold out, your feet will most likely get cold unless you're being super active.

    I'd buy em again though!

    These shoes are pretty great

    Could be better

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 215lbs

    I've worn them every day since I purchased them and they still feel like they need broken in when I put them on in the morning. The shoes themselves are great, they handle water well, look great, and once I have had them on a while they feel great. I do like this she and I'll wear it until it falls apart but it has turned me off from getting shoes of this style again.

    Have these replaced the Acrux FL and Acrux2 FL shoes? I was hoping to get a pair of the Acrux2 FL with removable liners, but it looks like they are discontinued by Arcteryx. Are these Acrux SL the latest version of the same shoes? How do they compare to the FL?

    Hey Iain - The Acrux FL and Acrux2 FL shoes are still available so if you want the removable liner then one of those would be the way to go. What size are you looking for and I can see what I can track down? The Acrux SL has a seamless upper and is the simplest, lightest option in the Acrux line-up. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337