When the approach is the crux.
Getting to crag isn't as always easy as it sounds, so Arc'teryx designed its Men's Arakys Approach Shoe to be as comfortable navigating steep, rocky scrambles as it is at the crag. Arc'teryx made the Arakys with a lightweight ripstop nylon upper with laminated TPU film overlays for extra protection from wear, and integrated a sticky rubber toe cap for extra bite on small edges and chips. Switching between climbing shoes and the Arakys is easy, courtesy of the one-handed memory buckle closure and the collapsible heel that quickly converts the shoe into a comfortable slipper when you're on belay. The Arakys is built on a TPU chassis to keep it stiff and stable when the terrain is anything but mellow, and has a lightweight Vibram sole with a Megagrip compound for sure and solid footing during those more questionable approaches.
- Seamless ripstop nylon upper
- TPU film overlays
- Sticky rubber toe cap
- One hand memory buckle closure
- Collapsible heel
- Leather footbed
- Injected EVA midsole
- TPU chassis
- Vibram Light Approach sole with Megagrip
- Item #ARC00HY
- Q & A
Great all round 3 season shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 10 (US)
This has been on the want list for about two years and I finally pulled the trigger. The reason was simple: had to work as a normal shoe with a tight/normal fit but ALSO have a collapsible heel. This nails both uses.
And a "really want" was carabiner loops. Why don't all shoes have this?
These look quite sharp, in fact I wear them to work regularly. They're great in Spring, Summer and Fall. I have not tried them in winter yet. I imagine they may be a bit too cold when the temps really drop.
They're good for around town, good for light hiking and approaches. They'are also light which is good when clipping to your harness on multipitch.
Would they work well do light climbing in? Haven't tried but my impression is sure, the same as any other sneaker or basic approach shoe.
Ultimately, the collapsible heel was what sealed the deal. I'd wanted the Sportiva TX2's but no heel =( I also have the Arc'teryx hiking boots which are fantastic all around. Would absolutely recommend.