In a move you saw coming with the initial release of the Arc’teryx approach shoes at this time last summer, the Vancouver based company now announces the release of a full alpine boot. Using a similar but more beefy construction to the Acrux line of approach shoes, the Acrux AR GTX looks set to take on Scarpa, Mammut, Lowa, and La Sportiva in the alpine boot market.
Designed specifically for climbers seeking out technical ice, snow, and rock routes in alpine terrain, the Acrux AR GTX Alpine Boot uses an insulated double boot construction with integrated gaiter. The outer shell features a waterproof Gore-Tex laminate with a variety of TPU film patches for rugged durability and protection against rocks or crampons. The standard laminated WaterTight T-Zip front zipper further protects the inside of the boot from snow, water, and ice.
The next evolution of the Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit system, the inside of the alpine boot includes a 4mm perforated, preformed polyethylene and Gore-Tex removable liner that is warm, breathable, and keeps your feet dry. An independent lacing system with Velcro strap collar adjustment allows for a super fast and custom fit.
In order to deliver stiffness on steep, technical terrain, the EVA midsole uses a full length carbon fiber insole with an expanded PU foam insert for extra insulation and cushioning. TPU toe and heel counters not only protect the midsole, but provide both heel and toe bails for secure crampon attachment.
Finally, the Vibram AR outsole features semi-blocked toe lugs with anti-slip grooves for improved toe grip, solid medial climbing support, and a sharp, durable heel brake for descending.
I think it is safe to say I would love to get my hands on a pair of these for the upcoming ice season. The Arc’teryx Acrux AR GTX is one sweet looking climbing boot–they will retail for $750.