Continuing the expansion of their footwear line, last week Arc’teryx launched its first ever trail running shoe. Designed with the same Adaptive Fit Liner technology as the rest of the shoe line, the new Norvan VT is built for running over steep and technical terrain in the mountains.
As many climbers use trail running as a way to train, it was only logical that Arc’teryx would eventually expand into this category. The Norvan VT combines comfortable, supportive lightweight performance and confident traction on technical trails, with a precise fit that allows a quick transition into scrambling and ascending steep rocky terrain.
The trail runners use a unique adjustable 360⁰ tightening and support lace system that enables you to dial in a precise fit when scrambling, then quickly release for some more room when running. The support system wraps your entire forefoot for evenly distributed support while edging and scrambling.
The outsole uses a combination of Vibram rubber compounds–sticky Idrogrip in the forefoot delivers traction on steep rock, while Megagrip adds a level of durability over miles of rough terrain. The EVA/polyolefin blend midsole lasts 36% longer than standard EVA. The upper is made from a non stretch, PU coated synthetic material with a 0.4mm TPU film overlay in all high abrasion areas for extra protection.
Although nonremovable, the Adaptive Fit Liner creates a custom fit and cuts down on your chance of getting blisters or hot spots. The Norvan VT features a raised perimeter sidewall so your foot sits deeper in the shoe with a 9mm heel-to-toe drop.
Available to purchase in Spring ’17, the Norvan VT, available in both men’s and women’s, retails for $170. The Gore-Tex version retails for $200.